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Wright Brothers may not have been the first to fly a plane

Last Updated: Saturday, June 29, 2013 - 09:43

New York: Connecticut lawmakers have legally discredited the Wright brothers as the US` first-in-flight aviators.

Instead, Gov. Dannel P. Malloy named a German immigrant Gustave Whitehead, who is said to have flown in Connecticut in 1901, two years, four months and three days before the Wright Brothers` historical liftoff over Kitty Hawk, North Carolina, in December of 1903, the New York Daily News reported.

Malloy announced the bill`s signing into law on Wednesday legislatively capping a 110-year fight between the Wrights and the Bridgeport resident.

The lawmakers got convinced of Whitehead`s achievement early this month after finding images as well as eyewitness reports that first swayed the Bible of Aviation, journal `Jane`s All The World`s Aircraft.`


First Published: Saturday, June 29, 2013 - 09:42

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