Ohio and North Carolina have formed an alliance to counter a claim made last year by the Connecticut legislature that the first flight was conducted not in 1903 by Wilbur and Orville Wright at Kitty Hawk, N.C., but by one Gustave Whitehead two years earlier in Connecticut.
At stake are bragging rights by Dayton and Kitty Hawk. Dayton calls itself the birthplace of aviation because the Wright brothers designed and built their plane in the southwestern Ohio city. North Carolina claims to be first in flight because the initial flight took place in Kitty Hawk.
Read the story in the Columbus Dispatch.