Jane’s Points Finger at Editor


It seems someone at IHS/Jane’s Information Group has been paying attention to the Huffington Post, and in particular to our posting of January 26th, “Editor/Aviation Historian Fails To Fly.”

Earlier this month, IHS/Jane’s Information Group (owner and publisher of Jane’s All The World’s Aircraft) disowned the notorious editorial written in March 2013 by the Editor of Jane’s, Paul Jackson, which proclaimed that Gustave Whitehead had made the “First Flight,” some two years before Wilbur and Orville Wright’s epic flights.

The public statement by IHS/Jane’s Information Group reads…

In March 2013, IHS Jane’s All The World’s Aircraft Editor Paul Jackson wrote an article based on recently discovered data recognizing Gustave Whitehead – not the Wright Brothers- as first to make a manned, powered, controlled flight.

The article was intended to stimulate discussion about first in flight. The article reflected Mr. Jackson’s opinion on the issue and not that of IHS Jane’s.

IHS Jane’s recognizes and respects that there are differing views on this historical analysis and IHS makes no argument about the success of the Wright Brothers, who hold their rightful place in history as aviation pioneers and heroes.

As an organization that values impartiality and balance, IHS Jane’s made several offers to supporters of the Wright brothers to provide a counter piece to Mr. Jackson’s article, but no one accepted the opportunity.

This is a remarkable event, since previously many Whitehead advocates had touted Jackson’s editorial as evidence that the prestigious Jane’s All The World’s Aircraft had anointed Whitehead as “First to Fly.”

After this IHS/Jane’s Information Group statement, that can no longer be said to be true… the editorial was only editor Jackson’s personal opinion, not the view of Jane’s All The World’s Aircraft.

The now disowned editorial (the text of the editorial along with comments by this writer, can be read here) —> Read More