This holiday brings up a slight historical controversy as the Wright Brothers have been deemed the first to fly, but recent digging has brought major evidence to light that they might not actually hold that title. An aviation pioneer from Connecticut, Gustave Whitehead, has unseated the brothers with an overwhelming amount of evidence to suggest that his first flight (the 21st plane he built) was flown nearly two years earlier than the flight at Kitty Hawk. If that isn’t enough to wrinkle your brow and purse your lips, Whitehead made another, more successful powered airplane flight one year later. That makes his second flight still a year before our more famous friends. The famous phrase, “history is told by the victors” somehow doesn’t apply here? I don’t know about you, but if I flew the first airplane (or did anything extraordinary, for that matter) I would let everyone, and I mean everyone, know. Nowadays it’s easier because I have people reading my rantings across the globe (literally) and that Facebook status bar is always asking what I’m doing but word of mouth still has quite the power. I say it’s mostly Gustave’s fault – if you do something great, let us all know or else you’re twisting history for generations of school children who are taught wrong. … Just like Pluto – you will always be a planet to me.
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