(WTNH/AP)– Ohio is taking steps to put down Connecticut’s claim of being first in flight.
Back in 2013, Connecticut lawmakers passed a measure claiming Gustave Whitehead was actually the first man in flight in Fairfield back in 1901. Two years before the Wright brothers.
Now Ohio lawmakers are working to pass their own bill disputing Connecticut’s claim.
Ohio lawmakers say the National Air and Space museum has dismissed accounts that Whitehead ever flew at all.
Sponsoring Rep. Rick Perales said Ohio can’t stand by while another state “sees fit to change history” without evidence. He said aviation historians have examined and dismissed accounts that Whitehead flew a powered, heavier-than-air machine of his own design on Aug. 14, 1901, “or on any other date.”
Connecticut state Sen. Kevin Kelly of Stratford has stood by the Connecticut law.