Smithsonian skeptical over CT first flight claimsHistorians in the News
tags: Smithsonian, Wright Brothers, first flight, John Brown, Air and Space Museum
The ongoing battle between historians over who was really first in flight was rekindled last week.
New research advances the theory that a German immigrant in Connecticut is responsible for the first powered and controlled flight, rather than the Wright brothers in North Carolina.
But historians at the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum are saying not so fast....
But Peter Jakab [associate director of the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum] and his colleagues at the Smithsonian firmly believe that the Wright brothers were the first to fly. There are clear and crisp photos to prove it. And he discounts the numerous newspaper stories about the [Connecticut] flight....