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Carroll F. Gray
Carroll F. Gray is an aviation historian, a wiki editor, an author, a print journalist and columnist who's penned numerous articles on matters of early aviation. He served as editor of WWI AERO -- The Journal of the Early Aeroplane and as board president. He has a studio arts/art history degree from UCSC (ages ago) and currently enjoys the friendship of three rescue dogs, one rescue cat and several rescue squirrels.

Entries by Carroll F. Gray

Gustave Whitehead's Last Best Hope

(9) Comments | Posted June 22, 2015 | 9:33 AM

Gustave Whitehead: First in Flight by Susan O'Dwyer-Brinchman,
432 pp, ill., with index, Apex Educational Media, May 2015, ISBN-10: 0692439307 ISBN-13: 978-0692439302

In a recent Huffington Post article, I commented...

"It's unlikely that Ms. O'Dwyer-Brinchman's book will provide any new, much less compelling, evidence that Whitehead ever...
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Terrific TV (But - Not Surprisingly - It's Not on TV)

(0) Comments | Posted June 15, 2015 | 10:48 PM

The NEW YORKER Presents (TV-MA) (CC) just found me... it's an Amazon original series, available on multiple platforms as a stream (using either Flash or Silverlight).

The original air date was January 15, 2015, but somehow it never came into my world until today, when a dear friend (a we-must-have-been-together-in-a-past-life...

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My Moment With Brando

(0) Comments | Posted June 12, 2015 | 7:10 PM

I put on an act sometimes, and people think I'm insensitive. Really, it's like a kind of armour because I'm too sensitive. If there are two hundred people in a room and one of them doesn't like me, I've got to get out.

-- Marlon Brando

Casa Vega is...

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Wilbur and Orville Wright Meet Tom Hanks: NatGeo, Pay Attention -- This Is How It's Done

(3) Comments | Posted June 6, 2015 | 12:37 AM

When the National Geographic Society channel, NatGeo, announced that the American Genius series would include Wright vs. Curtiss (the original title), it created a buzz amongst the aeronautically-minded.

With NatGeo's credibility and reputation for high-quality programming, it seemed a near-certainty that Wright vs. Curtiss would be a sensational program.

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NatGeo's 'Wright Brothers vs Curtiss' How Bad Was It? -- Part II

(2) Comments | Posted June 5, 2015 | 10:12 AM

(This article is the second of a two-part review of NatGeo's "Wright Brothers vs Curtiss" which aired June 1st as part of their "American Genius" series. Part 1 of this review can be found here.)


The bias of NatGeo's "Wright...

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NatGeo's "Wright Brothers vs Curtiss" How Bad Was It ?

(6) Comments | Posted May 31, 2015 | 11:16 PM

The National Geographic Channel's "Wright Brothers vs Curtiss" (also referred to by NatGeo as "Wright vs Curtiss") aired this evening (June 1st), and it was - amazingly - worse than the trailers and episode clips led us to believe.

The visuals of the NatGeo production were, for the most part,...

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NatGeo Loses Its Compass

(6) Comments | Posted May 27, 2015 | 10:02 PM

'To hell with looking for the truth,              
              where's the simplest drama located ?'

2015-05-31-1433084499-636210-Compass2.jpgThe National Geographic Channel is known for high-quality nature shows, non-fiction programs and factual documentaries, including those with a focus on history. Some 74% of all households in the US with...

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Gustave Whitehead's Last Hurrah

(15) Comments | Posted May 26, 2015 | 11:52 AM


Anyone who has been paying close attention to the argument over whether Gustave Whitehead or Wilbur and Orville Wright flew first, can see that the recent attempt to promote Whitehead is in a state of collapse.

All Over...

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Guess Who Discovered Gustave Whitehead...
(It Wasn't Stella Randolph)

(0) Comments | Posted May 14, 2015 | 11:32 PM

2015-05-15-1431651481-5649569-gwcutusesml.jpgFor the past two years, an old storm has raged yet again within the aviation community, as advocates for Gustave Whitehead (born "Gustav Weisskopf" - a Bavarian immigrant who settled in Bridgeport, Connecticut, in 1900) have relentlessly and aggressively pressed their case...

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David McCullough and Whitehead... and IHS/Jane's

(4) Comments | Posted May 5, 2015 | 12:07 PM

2015-05-04-1430725437-7018956-davidmccullough2.jpgAvailable just today, May 5th, eminent historian and scholar David McCullough's latest book, The Wright Brothers (Simon & Schuster), is expected to be a best seller and Tom Hanks, in partnership with HBO, will produce a miniseries based on McCullough's book.

McCullough is...

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The Buck Stops Where ?

(0) Comments | Posted May 3, 2015 | 6:09 PM

UPDATE : Lingering Questions - Jane's All The World's Aircraft"

Last month, IHS/Jane's (owner and publisher of Jane's All The World's Aircraft") disowned the March 2013 editorial by Jane's editor, Paul Jackson.

For two years - from March 2013 to April 2015 - it appeared as though Jane's All...

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Jane's Points Finger at Editor

(3) Comments | Posted April 22, 2015 | 8:47 PM


It seems someone at IHS/Jane's Information Group has been paying attention to the Huffington Post, and in particular to our posting of January 26th, "Editor/Aviation Historian Fails To Fly."

Earlier this month, IHS/Jane's Information Group (owner and publisher of Jane's All The...

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Editor/Aviation Historian Fails to Fly

(0) Comments | Posted January 26, 2015 | 2:57 PM


Opinions Expressed are those of The Writer

Once again, the Whitehead Affair is heating to full boil. The reader might remember that in 2013 Paul Jackson, the editor of the aerospace industry guidebook, Jane's All The World's Aircraft,...

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Gustave Whitehead and the Case of the Fallacious Photo

(27) Comments | Posted October 22, 2013 | 4:37 PM


Earlier this year, the aviation history community was rocked by a rumor that someone had found a photo of Gustave Whitehead flying in his "No. 21" machine (seen above, earthbound, with Whitehead and daughter Rose), over two years prior to the flights of Wilbur...

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