Resolution passed: Wright Brothers first in flight

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

COLUMBUS, Ohio (WDTN) – The Ohio House of Representatives wants it known once and for all that the Wright Brothers were first in flight.

It passed House Concurrent Resolution 8 Tuesday that rejects Connecticut’s claim as the home of the first flight.

“I believe that the claims made by the state of Connecticut were unfounded and honestly a little desperate,” said Rick Perales (R-Beavercreek). “The overwhelming majority of findings by historians and researchers say that the Wright Brothers were first in flight, and to me, their claim was a challenge on our very heritage.”

Connecticut Governor Dannel Malloy signed a law in 2013 that claimed Gustave Whitehead made the first flight in a heavier than air machine.

Most historians, and certainly Daytonians, credit the Wright Brothers with manning the first flight.

The resolution also notes that North Carolina share the Wright Brothers’ legacy as the brothers made their first powered flight on in December 1903 in Kitty Hawk, North Carolina. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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