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Monday, June 30, 2014

Connecticut, You Have Gustave Be Kidding Me!

The Wright Brothers were first in manned powered flight. Ohio (specifically Dayton Ohio) makes claim as the Birthplace of Aviation. North Carolina makes claim as the First in Flight. The Wright's aeroplane was designed in Dayton, tested in North Carolina, and eventually mechanically flown there in December of 1903. It was then perfected in Dayton in 1904 and 1905. These historical facts are based on one of the most thoroughly documented inventive processes in the history of the world. Records of engineering calculations, personal diaries, letters of correspondence, fantastic exhaustive photographic records, artifacts, and eye witness accounts of many outstanding reliable citizens attest to the truth and accuracy of the timing and character of the events.  Photographic evidence of the flight, "the first in the history of the world in which a machine carrying a man had raised itself by its own power into the air in full flight, had sailed forward without reduction of speed, and had finally landed at a point as high as that from which it started" is shown below. The flight was repeated, four flights total, in front of reliable witnesses, and a telegraph indicating success was sent home that afternoon. Newspapers carried the story the next day, December 18, 1903.

Thursday morning, December 17, 1903- Orville Wright, Kitty Hawk, NC.

Wilbur Wright, watching as he and his brother Orville make history.

Witnesses to the first flight included J. T. Daniels, W. S. Dough, A.D. Etheridge, W.C. Brinkley,  Johnny Moore, and Wilbur Wright, of course.
J. T. Daniels snapped the shutter of the "5 x7" Korona-V Gundlach dry glass plate camera, taking one of the most famous photographs in history. This camera is on display at the Carillon Historical Park in Dayton.
These flights were the result of exhaustively documented systematic experimentation of 1900, 1901, 1902, and 1903 as performed by the Wright Brothers. The flights were modest and reasonable for a new technology, one to be improved upon in 1904 and 1905, with the end result being the world's first practical flying machine, now on display at Carillon Historical Park, Dayton, Ohio. The 1903 flyer is on display at the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum.

In spite of the above historical truth, and in spite of knowing the claims of Ohio as birthplace of aviation, and North Carolina as first in flight, Connecticut Governor Dannel P. Malloy signed into law a measure stating that Gustave Whitehead (a former Connecticut resident) flew in 1901, two years before Wilbur and Orville Wright. "The Governor shall proclaim a date certain in each year as Powered Flight Day to honor the first powered flight by Gustave Whitehead and to commemorate the Connecticut aviation and aerospace industry", House Bill No. 6671, passed into law as Public Act no. 13-210, June 25, 2013. Photographic evidence of the claimed 1901 Gustave Whitehead "flight" is shown below. What follows is a detailed photo analysis of the actual photo that convinced the State of Connecticut to legislate historical revisionism, and claim their State "first in flight".  This is the actual photo, I am not making this up.  This is claimed to be Gustave Whitehead in flight. The following high tech analysis was not possible 100 years ago, as the advanced computer technology simply did not exist. We have come so far.......

Executive Summary: Photo taken sometime, somewhere, somehow.

Seriously, this is the photo. A photo within a photo, enlarged several thousand percent. On further examination, and many hours of careful study, it is determined if the photo is turned.......

Detailed Analysis, Whitehead Flight turned clockwise, using modern computer technologies.

Now, using amazing computer paint program technologies, the image is highlighted in red below to point out brightly-lit ground/objects & a dark sky. Note the object with vertical component with the regular shade pattern. Just amazing! Governor Malloy, get your pen ready! Sign that bill!

Note the object with vertical component. Assume this and that, and squint your eyes, and pretend really hard......

With this amazing analysis, and computer technology, the enhanced image below reveals the subject of the photograph........

Digital enhancement reveals subject in photograph. Further study is required to determine flight capability.

Amazing photo, believed to be Gustave Whitehead in flight over the Connecticut State Capitol!

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  1. Hahahahaha! Very nice. Glad to know that the imagination of the Connecticut legislators, richly fertilized, is well matched here!

  2. Doing what I can. And any resemblance of Gustave's aeroplane to Big Foot, is purely coincidental.