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Is history wrong about the Wright Brothers?

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#1    Ohelemapit


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Posted 14 March 2013 - 04:00 PM


A growing number of aviation experts say history is wrong about the Wright Brothers - their 1903 flight at Kitty Hawk, North Carolina was not the first.

This new movement claims the first manned flight of an airplane was made by German immigrant Gustave Whitehead more than two years earlier in Connecticut.

However, the only known photograph of the takeoff of his plane the Condor is too blurry to definitively confirm the flight and the original was lost decades ago - forcing historians to rely on a version that is even less clear.

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Posted 14 March 2013 - 04:11 PM

Teacher: "Who made the first transatlantic flight?"
Jimmy: "Sammy Davis Jnr, sir".
Teacher: "Stupid boy, you know very well that it was Alcock and Brown!"
Jimmy: "That's what I said sir - Sammy Davis Jnr!"

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Posted 14 March 2013 - 05:22 PM

Everyone knows it's always down to proof. Who can offer proof of their accomplishment the fastest. You snooze, you lose.

No great mind has ever existed without a touch of madness. ~ Aristotle

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