Gustave Whitehead was the first to take flight; it happened in Connecticut in 1901, aboard his No. 21 aircraft.
Many have tried to say this is not true. But I say Connecticut’s recognition of Gustave Whitehead as first in powered flight, rights the wrong in our nation’s history.
History is constantly evolving. We are constantly learning new things about our past. Sometimes, we even learn that there are errors in our history.
We owe it to our nation to make corrections and set the record straight when needed.
People used to think the world was flat. We know now that’s not true. People still think Benjamin Franklin discovered electricity, even though it was already well established before his legendary key-and-kite experiment.
History is like a game of telephone sometimes. Over the years, many stories and accounts are told and retold and sometimes errors emerge and stick around.