- Additional Details
- Format: Closed-captioned, Color, DVD-Video, NTSC
- Rating: Not Rated
- Number of Discs: 1
- Run Time: 50 Minutes
- Region: Region 1
- Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
- Language: English
- Studio: History Channel
- DVD Release Date: November 20, 2000
Everybody knows that Wilbur and Orville Wright were the first men to make and fly an airplane. But they were not working in a vacuum--in fact, there were many other inventors trying to become first in flight.
HISTORY'S MYSTERIES journeys back to the early days of the century to chronicle the attempts of the overlooked aviators and dreamers who were the Wrights' contemporaries. In particular, we'll examine the controversy surrounding the claims of Gustave Whitehead. Many witnesses claimed that they saw his flying machine aloft over Bridgeport, Connecticut on August 14, 1901. Boston and New York newspapers recorded the event, but it has never received official recognition. Then, on January 17, 1902, still nearly two years before Kitty Hawk, Whitehead was airborne again, piloting a kerosene powered monoplane on two flights over Long Island Sound.
Filled with contemporary accounts and the analysis of experts and historians, THE WRIGHT BROTHERS CONTROVERSY tells the complete story of the dawn of aviation, and why the North Carolina twosome came to be known as the "first" to accomplish something that, almost certainly, was done by others before them.