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Right now -- shocking claim about the Wright Brothers to two American aviation pioneers long credited with making the first powered flight.
In human history.
But now there's newly discovered evidence that suggests otherwise.
Photographs seem to show that this man -- -- in the ground immigrant.
Actually flew over Connecticut in August of 1901.
That is more than two years before the Wright Brothers took to the air in kitty hawk.
Joining us now is John Brown the aviation historian.
Behind what could be -- revision.
To history so John I I was amazed to read you've been working on this really only since last year you were hired to do -- this documentary.
And found out something about this man -- stop Whitehead.
That's correct John and I was just as shocked as everybody else when I found it.
Well there's a lot of evidence out there I mean his story was covered front -- newspapers around the country more than a hundred of -- you -- Why have we not heard of him until now.
Well I heard you before the commercial break asking the question where we you wrong about the Wright Brothers will we weren't -- one or two historians.
Two said that they were either wrong or just not looking hard enough and that's what we historians do we just become facts and present them.
All right so who what do you know about white -- was he was a German immigrants he knew a lot about engines and he was also fascinated.
-- aircraft the plane that he flew looks very much like a bird.
Well why can't first of all he spent most of his life in the United States and apply for citizenship so.
You know as a government bureaucracy issue here his processing didn't go fast enough.
He -- still a German and there's so basically he wanted to be an American that this is an American success story to.
And to me he -- after his both his parents died.
Went to -- first and then to Boston and he was the first.
Full time mechanic for the first aviation organization in America -- in 1994.
There are stories about photographs of the first flight that were lost in fires and things like that but again.
-- his accomplishment was covered in newspapers.
Why did the right Brothers get all the credit.
Well he was covered in newspapers not just in the United States but to all the way from -- to Hawaii and even in my home country -- you know.
And in New Zealand and France and Germany where I am now.
And newspapers everywhere -- reporting his fly -- with the very very very.
Speak oversight that to historians of ministers.
-- the right it was -- August 8 1908888.
Listening to -- and we're here I was in France today to protest cream.
That's where they keep their first public.
Demonstrations of flight was so incredibly impressive.
What they were doing -- they have really.
Mastered the sides of the are part of -- but they hadn't even been to the -- While well James all the world's aircraft is sort of the Bible of the aviation community.
It agrees now with the research that John Brown has done it says is that they -- stop Whitehead.
Was actually the first to fly -- -- Whitehead dot com is the website the John Brown has put together you'd like to read more about his or search.
For -- aviation -- it's fascinating.
Check it out.
Any different -- aviation that -- like your co anchor well I think it's really it's a fascinating it really quite a story only to learn more about that over.
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