Connecticut aviator’s house razed over protests

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) — Preservationists have lost their effort to preserve a Fairfield house once owned by a pioneering aviator.

The Connecticut Post reports that the home of Gustave Whitehead was demolished on Monday.

Melanie Marks, head of Connecticut House Histories, says a title search found that the house dates to 1914. A town ordinance requires a 60-day stay on demolitions of homes 100 years old or older.

She says records show the house fell just short of the century mark.

Marks says preservationists salvaged porch posts and their stone bases that could go on display at a park.

Whitehead was credited last year in state legislation for a successful flight 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.


Information from: Connecticut Post,


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