Louis Darvarich: "In approximately April or May, I was present and flew with Mr. Whitehead on the occasion when he flew his machine, propelled by a steam motor, on a flight of approximately a half mile, at a height of about 20 to 25 feet from the ground... We were unable to to rise high enough to avoid a three-story building in our path...I had been firing the boiler." Ok, so no actual controlled flight, just a series of short hops. He extracted himself from business and settled into a comfortable, if often painful retirement, passing up an endless parade of opportunities for self aggrandizement and profit. How it began, who was involved, how the "witness statements" were obtained as well as the integrity and scholarship of those involved. I do think that Huffington Post does not realize your biases. Get the latest updates on new products and upcoming sales. This “Contract” as it came to be called, finally explained the extreme reactions that had been seen to documentation of Whitehead’s successful flights by Smithsonian officials and their agents. No wonder we attack the Wright brothers' myth. Firing the boiler on a one minute or less flight!!! To enable Verizon Media and our partners to process your personal data select 'I agree', or select 'Manage settings' for more information and to manage your choices. When? What control system was used? Timed how, by whom?         if ($(this).text() =='$0.00') { A nice guy who didn't want to contradict the Wrights. Eight down. I don’t think I saw anything during the first two minutes of the flight, for I was so excited with the sensations I experienced. Ernest Archdeacon, the founder of Aéro-Club de France, publicly scorned the brothers’ claims despite the published reports.

The “Smithsonian-Wright Agreement of 1948”, between the Wright executors and the United States of America, stipulated that the Smithsonian Institution would purchase the original Wright Flyer for $1 and other considerations, but neither the venerable Smithsonian Institution or its near-200 affiliated museums and research facilities could recognize any other airplane or person as “first in flight”, or the Wright Flyer would revert to the heirs. Submitted by Carroll F. Gray on Sun, 08/02/2015 - 13:29, Submitted by Cummings on Sun, 08/02/2015 - 04:39, Submitted by NC Pilot on Sun, 08/02/2015 - 05:46, Submitted by NC Pilot on Sat, 08/01/2015 - 17:46, Submitted by NC Pilot on Sat, 08/01/2015 - 17:05, Submitted by NC Pilot on Sat, 08/01/2015 - 18:08, Submitted by NC Pilot on Sat, 08/01/2015 - 18:42, Submitted by NC Pilot on Sun, 08/02/2015 - 05:24, Submitted by Carroll F. Gray on Fri, 07/31/2015 - 21:10, Submitted by Susan B on Sat, 08/01/2015 - 15:46. To this day, each year, a Presidential proclamation honors the events of December 17, 1903. Really? It is full of errors and is not a record of anything. Otherwise, I say it is speculation or conjecture to try to explain the obvious contradictions in the Wright history. Thirteen down. The Wright success is not predicated upon useless witness statements by inexperienced observers, but a six year process of experimentation, with actual documentation (including extensive photography) supported and witnessed by experienced aeronautical experts that resulted in the first successful flights, a pioneer patent on dynamic three-axis flight control and the development of an international industry that changed the course of human events.

Dave E. (do I have that right? I don't blame you for believing the "blather" coming out of the Smithsonian and repeated by others claiming to be "experts" about these points in early aviation history. and "other flights were made that day, some longer and some shorter." Probably one of the reasons your Wrights hated him so much. I must thank you - your arguments are beautifully revealing the pitfalls of relying completely on hearsay.             $(this).hide(); I don't know about everyone else, but as I have explained, I debate you because I enjoy this topic and because your nonsensical ramblings reveal in great detail the true absurdity of anti-Wright arguments. The newspaper articles cited contain enough information to demonstrate their validity and the preparation of, and selective use of portions of the witness statements, their contradictions, lack of accuracy, credibility and specificity, clearly show the futility of the effort. "Gustave Whitehead: First in Flight" is available on Amazon in print and as an eBook here. Orville had 9 (nine) that he shared with other inventors when he died at 77. The Wrights patented as little as absolutely necessary. Three down.

On June 11, 2013, Scientific American published a rebuttal of the Whitehead claims, and on October 24, 38 air historians and journalists rejected the claims and issued a Statement Regarding The Gustave Whitehead Claims of Flight. Ten or twelve years old? Didn't you see or hear of all the other "supposed" flights? I checked with a neighbor from Germany and he said he knew all about Gustave Whitehead being first in flight. You say their statements are full of errors?

Not a flight, towed launch, unmeasured distance, no control system. Curtiss erred in associating with Augustus Herring and Albert Zahm. The book does not prove that the Wrights lied, but it does demonstrate the bias of the author and her inadequacy as a researcher. Please inform me how you qualify and include what you did for a (paid) living and please describe your education. Personal attacks and claims of conspiracy and false charges populate this scatter-brained diatribe. If you and your other 38 "historians" are convinced by your arguments, maybe they should go back to school. Height of flight: "two-hundred feet off the ground". There are literally tens of thousands of witnesses to Wright activities. You are weaving yourself into your own web. He designed, built, and flew hot air balloons and early dirigibles (airships) before he began his work pioneering heavier-than-air aircraft. As you claim a relationship to Glenn Curtiss, I will be gentle in my comments, hopefully to nudge you to reconsider some of your unsubstantiated comments. It travelled a distance of approximately three hundred feet, and at a height of approximately fifteen feet in the air, to the best of my recollection." He certainly had the standing and power to do so. Submitted by Airman on Sun, 08/02/2015 - 16:09, Submitted by Carroll F. Gray on Sat, 08/01/2015 - 18:02, Submitted by Susan B on Sun, 08/02/2015 - 14:44. While patent law evolves and one can always find legal professionals to disagree with nearly every decision, one can seek to change or reinterpret the law but one not can not change the history.     }); Straight Grade Mineral Oil for Engine Break-in, Straight Grade Ashless Engine Oil for Normal Use, Multi-Viscosity Mineral Oil for Engine Break-in, Multi-Viscosity Ashless Engine Oil for Normal Use, Multi-Viscosity Grade Oil for Light Sport Aircraft, Aviation Oil with Lycoming LW 16702 Additives, Phillips 66 X/C 5606A Aviation Hydraulic Fluid, Phillips 66 X/C 5606H Aviation Hydraulic Fluid, Straight 80 Grade, Normal Operation Ashless, Straight 100 Grade, Normal Operation Ashless, Grade 100 with Lycoming LW 16702 Additives, Multi-Grade 15w-50 Ashless for Normal Use, Multi-Grade 20W-50 Ashless for Normal Use, Multi-Grade 25w-60 Ashless for Normal Use.

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I heard nothing but the rumbling of the engine and the flapping of the big wings. He is mistaken that the track was taken to "the top of the highest hill" as photographic evidence shows the track placed near the bottom of the hill rather than the top. Orville and Wilbur Wright  made the first controlled, sustainable flight of a powered, heavier-than-air aircraft December 17, 1903, a little south of Kitty Hawk, North Carolina. Cummings, Do you have bias? There was no - zero - "intense rivalry" no - zero - "bitter competition" between Glenn Curtiss and Wilbur and Orville Wright when the Wrights invented the aeroplane/airplane. Really? Whitehead’s claims were not taken seriously until 1935, when two journalists wrote an article for Popular Aviation. This vile post demonstrates the character of its author. Should have the Wright "cultists" in a frenzy. In the 1927 Collier's interview, Daniels never mentions taking a picture, but this same interview is used over and again by Wright historians to describe the first "flights"--including David McCullough.

If you ask the Brazilians who fathered modern aviation, they will tell you a completely different story.

... and the many Whitehead researchers were all lying (at least 15 of them). Junius Harworth: "On August fourteenth, Nineteen Hundred and One. I like your word. Of course, your statement is another ruse the Wright historians use to get around the fact that the Wrights tried to take off on the 17th as well as the 14th using the gravity of the hill.

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