Ohio House to vote on resolution over who was 1st in flight

Wright B Flyer. (Photo/Wright B Flyer Inc.)
Wright B Flyer. (Photo/Wright B Flyer Inc.)

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The Ohio House is poised to approve a resolution repudiating Connecticut for asserting that another aviator beat the Wright brothers as first in flight.

The measure would next move to the Senate if it is approved in a House vote on Tuesday.

At issue is whether Ohio-born brothers Wilbur and Orville Wright were first with their 1903 flight off Kitty Hawk, North Carolina.

Connecticut state Sen. Kevin Kelly of Stratford has argued that lawmakers shouldn’t dismiss evidence that Connecticut’s Gustave Whitehead flew first.

A Dayton, Ohio-based nonprofit group called the National Aviation Heritage Alliance has asked Connecticut to restore its support for the Wright brothers’ Kitty Hawk flight as being the first.

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