Backers push to save Connecticut aviator’s house

Person on extreme right is Gustave Whitehead, the little girl on his lap is Rose Whitehead. Next is Andrew Papp, Bert Papp and Colonel Edward Mandel House.
Person on extreme right is Gustave Whitehead, the little girl on his lap is Rose Whitehead. Next is Andrew Papp, Bert Papp and Colonel Edward Mandel House.

FAIRFIELD, Conn. (AP) — Activists are stepping up their efforts to save a Connecticut aviator’s house from demolition.

The Connecticut Post reports that Melanie Marks, head of Connecticut House Histories, says a title search found that Gustave Whitehead’s Fairfield house dates to 1914. A town ordinance requires a 60-day stay on demolitions of homes 100 years old or older.

Town officials say their documents indicate the house was built in 1918. A demolition permit was issued last week, allowing wreckers to tear down the house as soon as Sunday.

Whitehead was credited last year in state legislation for the first successful flight. His supporters say he flew two years before the Wright brothers lifted off from Kitty Hawk, N.C., in 1903.

Aviation experts insist Wilbur and Orville Wright were the first to fly a heavier-than-air machine.

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Information from: Connecticut Post, http://www.connpost.com

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