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First Flight

The Photo Doesn't Lie, and Neither Did The Wright Brothers !

Carroll F. Gray | Posted 10.21.2016 | Technology
Carroll F. Gray

(Note: The following was written expressly for the Huffington Post by Tom D. Crouch, PhD, Senior Curator, Aeronautics, National Air and Space Museum, ...

Where's Gustave?: 'Gustave Whitehead' - Missing Person

Carroll F. Gray | Posted 08.17.2016 | Home
Carroll F. Gray

"Gus" Whitehead, who was born Gustav Weisskopf in Germany in 1874, was one of Bridgeport, Connecticut's more well-known residents, considered a genius by some and a "charlatan" and a "fraud" by others.

Gustave Whitehead's Last Best Hope

Carroll F. Gray | Posted 06.22.2016 | Home
Carroll F. Gray

Now that I've had a chance to read her book, I can say with certainty that Gustave Whitehead: First in Flight contains no new and compelling evidence that Whitehead ever flew.

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

Carroll F. Gray | Posted 06.05.2016 | Entertainment
Carroll F. Gray

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.

Gustave Whitehead's Last Hurrah

Carroll F. Gray | Posted 05.26.2016 | Science
Carroll F. Gray

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.

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

Carroll F. Gray | Posted 05.14.2016 | Science
Carroll F. Gray

Were it not for Paul Garber of the Smithsonian's National Museum, Section of Aeronautics (the predecessor of the National Air & Space Museum), Gustave Whitehead would likely have remained a relatively unknown aeronautical tinkerer.

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

Carroll F. Gray | Posted 05.05.2016 | Home
Carroll F. Gray

Given that this is David McCullough speaking to us -- the person who has been called "America's Greatest Historian" -- can anyone truly dismiss his conclusion about "Gus" Whitehead ?

The Buck Stops Where ?

Carroll F. Gray | Posted 05.03.2016 | Science
Carroll F. Gray

Now that it's clear IHS/Jane's does not endorse or support the "opinion" of Paul Jackson, IHS/Jane's has an obligation to clarify the record and explain the process by which it came to a neutral position on the question of who was first to make a powered, controlled, sustained flight in a heavier-than-air machine.

Jane's Points Finger at Editor

Carroll F. Gray | Posted 06.22.2015 | Science
Carroll F. Gray

Earlier this month, IHS/Jane's Information Group (owner and publisher of Jane's All The World's Aircraft) disowned the notorious editorial written in March 2013 by the Editor of Jane's, Paul Jackson, which proclaimed that Gustave Whitehead had made the "First Flight," some two years before Wilbur and Orville Wright's epic flights.

David Freeman

Were We Wrong About The Wright Brothers? | David Freeman | Posted 09.11.2013 | Science

Did history get the Wright brothers all wrong? As every American schoolchild is taught, Wilbur and Orville Wright made the world's first airplane f...

WATCH LIVE, 12:45pm EST: Boeing 747-8's First Flight

Posted 05.25.2011 | Travel

Boeing's newest aircraft, the 747-8 Intercontinental, launched its first flight Sunday. As Huffington Post Travel previously reported, Boeing has s...