Skip to comments.Connecticut Senate passes bill writing Wright Brothers out of history
Posted on 06/05/2013 10:11:10 AM PDT by servo1969
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Interesting that politicians can change history by legislation.
We aren’t talking about “recognizing the equality of races” or even “equality of all sexual preferences”. We are talking about the time/date/origins of an event.
What about leaving it to “consensus”?
There were many early flight pioneers, but the Wright's documented their flight and quickly developed controlled powered flight. Whitehead may or may not have flown before the Wright brothers, but one photo, now apparently lost, and no other good documentation of the feat doesn't give him much credibility.
Bide was born in Scranton, PA and lives in Delaware ....
Well, whatever. He’s an imbecile regardless of whatever state claims him.
Wright Brothers...red state.That other clown...Communist state.Nothing to see here folks.
I thought you can't patent an idea, that the patent goes to the first WORKING prototype.
But think controlled flight, if my memory was correct, Whitehead's aircraft was a kludge, no control, end of story.
The problem is now the CT legislator has confirmed the know as little about aviation as they do about firearms...
All of New England sucks so bad I am not sure how any aircraft gets airborne.
Liberals, always leading their actions through emotions. They want to believe this so it must be true, facts be damned.
Nonsense. I don’t buy any of this.
According to the new PC NASA, it was a muslim who pioneered powered flight.
Was somebody holding up a newspaper?
No no no, you’ve got it all wrong: the telephone and light bulb were invented by the closet Muslim (Al-)Thomas Edisonri,way way back at his scientific complex/mosque in
Mahmood Park, NJ. The most irritating part of all this type of stuff, which occurs weekly if not daily in Congress is that these exercises in “stolen valor” are accepted as part of what a State Senator does, and proudly.I remember a black Congressman from the South Side of Chicago,Gus Savage, back in the 70s when I lived there, whose SOLE focus of his career year after year, was submitting bill after bill based on honoring the boxing champ Joe Louis (libraries, parks,etc.)
Not that long. Westinghouse aquired Tesla’s patents. Tesla was compensated for them.
Reisling, of Gelhhausen Germany.
Mohammed had a horse and it jumped clear from Medina to Jerusalem one night.
Didn’t you know that Al Asqua mosque is where the horse landed (and dropped some road apples)?
Thomas Edison’s “last breath” has been preserved in Dearbornistan, Michigan so perhaps he really was a muslim!
The patent office hasn’t required a working prototype for about 100 years.
I never had a prototype of my patent, nor was there interest in the patent office in seeing one.
I figured they were going to tell us...that first powered flight was done by Islamists
That thing would never fly unless the airfoils on the paddle wheel had some kind of cyclic pitch control. Even with that, it doesn’t look like it would fly. No way could those propellers generate enough thrust (IMHO) and the thing looks like it would stall instantly.
It was a black from Kenya
So the CT legislature bends over backwards to promote a dubious claim of minor historical interest, yet they wouldn’t dream of celebrating the state’s PIVOTAL role in the firearms industry.
The Wrights did a lot more than be the first. It took a number of years to convince the world they could do what they had actually done. Convincing a skeptical world was in many ways one of the most amazing stories in history. First in America then in Europe. Even if they weren’t the first they blazed the trail for aviation and essentially laid the foundation. There is no disputing that part.
In the drawing, it looked like it had steam boat style paddle wheels. It has propellers. Still, those wings would tear right off.
I once read it was some guy in Australia.
Supposedly, it had 3-axis control, and replicas have been built and flown.
Also, there is evidence of a government cover-up. It turns out the Smithsonian attempted to hide a contract with the Wright family dating from 1948, as documented in the 1978 book History by Contract, by William J. O'Dwyer and Stella Randolph. From a review:
This book accurately reveals that there is a real legal contract between the heirs to the Orville Wright estate and the Smithsonian Institution, which forbids Smithsonian from recognizing anyone else as flying first. This contract has paralyzed early aviation history research in the USA. The book is a must read, and well done, with loads of original documents and information confirming that Gustave Whitehead of Bridgeport and Fairfield, CT, actually flew before the Wright Bros, by two years. The book explains in detail how Smithsonian has fought the evidence, due to the contract. To view the Contract and other proof of Whitehead flying first, go to www.gustave-whitehead.com. I rate this book an A+ and wish a reprint would occur. For more info on this book go to http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/History_by_Contract. I am reviewing this book on 4/8/13.
Mohammed did the first flight by winged horse. Peace be upon him and the Hero of Benghazi
Can’t wait for the movie.
There were lots of contenders for the title of first powered flight, including the Ezekiel Airship which was alleged to fly in East Texas back in 1902. A full-sized replica has been displayed in a museum for years to convince the sceptics.
Regardless of claimants, the Wrights stood out from the dreamers and crackpots and took flying from dreams to actual practicality.
In 1860 Johann Philipp Reis was the first who produced a functioning electromagnetic device that could transmit musical notes, indistinct speech, and occasionally distinct speech by means of electric signals. Reis also introduced the term “telephon” for his device. The first sentence spoken on it was “Das Pferd frisst keinen Gurkensalat” (the horse doesn’t eat cucumber salad). In the Reis transmitter, a diaphragm was attached to a needle that pressed against a metal contact. This resembled the make-or-break design of Bourseul, although Reis used the term “molecular motion” (molekulare Bewegung) to describe the contact points of his transmitter. The Reis transmitter was very difficult to operate, since the relative position of the needle and the contact were critical to the device’s operation. This can be called a “telephone”, since it did transmit voice sounds electrically over distance, but was hardly a commercially practical telephone in the modern sense, as it failed to reliably transmit a good copy of any supplied sound.
The history of powered flight in Texas dates back to 1865.
And you know all that stuff supposedly written by Shakespeare? It was actually written by another man with the same name.
Research work conducted on Whitehead has included that of Stella Randolph, a journalisteducator inspired and informed by aviation buff Harvey Phillips in the 1930s and supported by Professor John B. Cranes articles from 19361949. Researchers from 1963 and forward have included: Major William ODwyer (ret.) of the U.S. Air Force Reserve in cooperation with the Connecticut Aeronautical Historical Association (CAHA); Harold Dolan, a Sikorsky Aircraft engineer and vice presidentsecretary of the CAHA.
courtesy Legacy section at: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gustave_Whitehead#References
Sikorsky Aircraft (part of United Technologies today, is located in Stratford Connecticut.
Connecticut is bringing it home me thinks.
In addition to Whitehead, Igor Sikorsky, the founder of Sikorsky Aircraft in 1923, had a number of his own aviation firsts.
Sikorsky designed and flew the worlds first multi-engine fixed-wing aircraft, the Russky Vityaz in 1913, and the first airliner, Ilya Muromets, in 1914. (he was Russian, lived in Russia at the time and immigrated to the U.S. in 1919). And later developed and developed the first of Pan American Airways ocean-conquering flying boats in the 1930s. In 1939 Sikorsky designed and flew the Vought-Sikorsky VS-300, the first viable American helicopter, which pioneered the rotor configuration used by most helicopters today. Sikorsky would modify the design into the Sikorsky R-4, which became the worlds first mass-produced helicopter in 1942.
Just because some contraption looks like it would never fly, doesn't mean it won't.
Yves Rossy, the Jetman. Reportedly, the wings and engines weight 120 lbs. The four engines are JetCat P200's, delivering 50 lbs of thrust each. Fuel economy good enough for eight minutes over the Grand Canyon.
Wright Bros. were white. So, I assume it is in vogue to write out of history the Wright Bros. and other whites. Perhaps they could re-write history and declare that the first in flight was, say “Tyrone Jackson Washington — a freed slave from North Carolina.
God said that they would rewrite history towards the end times.
Whaddaya mean "man?"
The nation has been surrendered to hordes of invading locusts with scarcely a fight.
America is dead and gone. The Democrats won. Congratulations to them.
That’s the coolest flying machine ever built IMHO
Thanx. I’m a lazy researcher researcher. So, this is the German guy?
I mentioned that someone got to the patent office before Bell. I thought it was an American. They way some author explained it on C-SPAN BookTv was that Bell had an in at the office and they gave him the patent.
Don’t remember the other guys name.
That would be Elisha Gray.
Thanks again. That’s why I love this site.
Zeppelin did a good job with powered flight too. He used lift bags rather than wings, and pattented his approach in the US by 1899.
Zeppelin’s approach led to organized transatlantic flights. By mid-1914, DELAG had carried over 34,000 passengers on over 1,500 flights. In the 1930s airships regularly serviced North America and Brazil.
I don’t know why you are upset. I would rather have the truth of who flew first. Why do you insist on wrong information?
Just try this link and look at the glider there: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Otto_Lilienthal