Connecticut lawmaker holds fast to Gustave Whitehead claim

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A Connecticut lawmaker says he won’t back down on his state’s claims that another aviator beat the Wright brothers into flight, despite calls by an Ohio nonprofit group.

Sen. Kevin Kelly, a Stratford Republican, said in a statement this week that he understands the National Aviation Heritage Alliance’s perspective, but he believes legislators have an obligation not to dismiss “mounting evidence” that Connecticut’s Gustave Whitehead flew first….

In making its request, NAHA cited acknowledgement earlier this month by Jane’s All the World’s Aircraft that a 2013 column that highlighted “vast” new documentary evidence that Whitehead flew two years before the Wrights was merely one man’s opinion.

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