A celebration to honor the 112th anniversary of Gustave Whitehead\u2019s historic first flight will take place Saturday, Aug. 17 from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. at the Discovery Museum and Planetarium, 4450 Park Ave., Bridgeport. The event, free and open to the public, is being organized by the Discovery Museum and the city of Bridgeport. Later, a special post-event tethered hot-air balloon ride will be offered for a limited number of guests from 5-7 p.m. During the day, there will be presentations by aviation historian John Brown, actor and Whitehead enthusiast John Ratzenberger, and pilot and builder of the replica Whitehead airplane Andy Kosch. The event\u2019s goal is to promote awareness about aviator Gustave Whitehead, who many claim was the first man to fly in 1901 \u2014 before the Wright brothers did so in 1903 at\u00a0Kitty Hawk, N.C. See a replica of Whitehead Flyer Weather permitting, the replica of Gustave Whitehead Flyer \u201cNo. 21,\u201d which Kosch successfully flew, will be on display with an interactive presentation. Build Right\u2013Fly Right Hobbies of Wallingford will fly model planes and have demonstrations suitable for all ages throughout the day. Planetarium shows, educational demonstrations for children, and a tethered flight of the Discovery Museum\u2019s high-altitude balloon also are planned for a full day of family activities. Guests are invited to explore the new \u201cFirst In Flight\u201d exhibit featuring period photographs, news articles and personal accounts of Whitehead and his 1901 flight on the beaches of Bridgeport. State and local officials and dignitaries are expected to attend a special VIP reception from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. for an additional session with Brown, Ratzenberger and Kosch. Is aviation history being rewritten? Now recognized by the internationally renowned publication Jane\u2019s All The World\u2019s Aircraft as the first to pilot a heavier-than-air aircraft two years before the Wright brothers, German immigrant Gustave Whitehead has captured the attention of Connecticut and the international aviation community as the debate of who was first in flight continues. In related news, Trumbull resident Tom Pieragostini has been named the chairman of the Gustave Whitehead Committee USA. About the three presenters John Brown: The aviation historian revealed photographic proof of Gustave Whitehead\u2019s inaugural flight in Bridgeport. While sifting through archives in the attic of a museum in Bavaria, Germany, Brown found a panoramic photograph from 1901 showing Whitehead flying his plane in Bridgeport. As a direct result of this discovery, the authoritative aviation publication Jane\u2019s All the World\u2019s Aircraft has endorsed Whitehead as \u201cfirst in flight.\u201d John Ratzenberger: The Bridgeport native is best known for playing mail carrier Cliff Clavin on the sitcom \u201cCheers.\u201d He produced and hosted \u201cMade in America,\u201d a program for the Travel Channel. He also co-authored \u201cWe\u2019ve Got it Made in America: A Common Man\u2019s Salute to an Uncommon Country.\u201d Andy Kosch: He led a team that built and flew a replica of Gustave Whitehead\u2019s \u201cNo. 21\u201d airplane in 1986, proving the airworthiness of the design and refuting many Whitehead critics. Kosch is an ultra-light pilot, biology teacher and Whitehead historian. He has worked tirelessly in Connecticut and internationally to keep Whitehead\u2019s achievements from being forgotten. Schedule of Saturday events All day: Presentations by Brown, Ratzenberger and Kosch All day: Educational demonstrations and hands-on activities, including for children All day: Model airplane flights and demonstrations by Build Right\u2013Fly Right Hobbies All day: Replica of Gustave Whitehead Flyer \u201cNo. 21\u201d on display (weather permitting) All day: Access to all museum exhibits and galleries 11 a.m.-3 p.m.: Food by Taco Loco 1 p.m.: High-altitude balloon tethered flight (weather permitting) 1 p.m.: Planetarium show, \u201cThe Little Star That Could\u201d 2 p.m.: Planetarium show, \u201cDawn\u201d 3 p.m.: Planetarium show, \u201cSkies Tonight\u201d 4 p.m.: Re\/Max Heritage hot-air balloon inflation 5-7 p.m.: Tethered hot-air balloon flight for limited number of guests ($10 donation) Sponsors and more information Event sponsors include city of Bridgeport, Fairfield Museum and History Center, Re\/Max Heritage, Volo Aviation, Pullman & Comley, and Connecticut Air and Space Center. For more information go to discoverymuseum.org.