Ohio lawmakers take on Connecticut over first in flight claim

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By JULIE CARR SMYTH, AP Statehouse Correspondent

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A resolution moving through the Ohio Statehouse challenges Connecticut’s insistence that one of its aviators beat the Wright brothers to the first successful airplane flight by two years.

The Ohio measure got its first hearing Tuesday. If passed, it would repudiate Connecticut’s claim that Gustave Whitehead “successfully flew a powered, heavier-than-air machine of his own design on August 14, 1901, or on any other date.” …

State Rep. Rick Perales, the Ohio resolution’s sponsor, told fellow lawmakers Ohio and North Carolina are teaming up to fight back Connecticut’s claim. He said the Wright brothers’ flight was witnessed, repeated and clearly photographed, whereas evidence surrounding Whitehead’s flight is sketchy at best.

Read the story in the Delaware Gazette.