Editor/Aviation Historian Fails to Fly


Opinions Expressed are those of The Writer

Once again, the Whitehead Affair is heating to full boil. The reader might remember that in 2013 Paul Jackson, the editor of the aerospace industry guidebook, Jane’s All The World’s Aircraft, proclaimed Gustave Whitehead as being the first human to fly, in August of 1901, near Bridgeport, Connecticut, some two years prior to the first flights of Wilbur and Orville Wright.

To say this caused a “flap” (not as in “flapping wings”) would be a major understatement, and to say that this coronation by Jane’s editor was with merit would be an erroneous statement. The editor was persuaded by the flimsy “evidence” presented by a part-time aviation history dabbler who was and still is employed by a company in Germany which says it will (someday) produce a “car plane” — a roadable airplane, a flying car.

Since mid-2013, there have been several political battles between those in elected office in Connecticut on the one hand and on the other hand those in North Carolina, site of the Wrights’ first flights, and the Wrights’ home state of Ohio, over which state can claim the honors.

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