First In Flight

So who was the first man to fly and where did he do it? Orville Wright at Kitty Hawk, North Carolina of course! Well, maybe not after all.

It turns out that on August 14, 1901 in Fairfield, Connecticut, one Gustave Whitehead managed to taxi an aircraft on wheels, rather than the rail the Wright brothers used, take off, travel about a half mile (compared to the more famous flight of 852 feet) and the land successfully vlc media player. In fact, by the time the Wright brothers had completed their famous flight, Whitehead had already managed to fly up to a height of 200 feet, travel more than 7 miles and had managed to complete a full turn ffmpeg.

Why haven’t most of us heard about Whitehead and his terrific achievements? Firstly, the Wright brothers were much better marketers and handled the media with an expertise that would make a modern pundit proud; and secondly, Mr Whitehead had the sad misfortune of being a German immigrant trying to make a name for himself at the same time most people were associating Germans with World War I twitter interests.

The things you never knew?!

 

Thanks to Thomas Ayres, “That’s Not in My American History Book”

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