Writer to discuss Gustave Whitehead’s ‘Fairfield First in Flight’ legacy
Updated 10:59 am, Thursday, September 17, 2015
An advocate for a local aviation pioneer’s right to the “First in Flight” legacy will discuss her book on the topic next Tuesday at the Fairfield Public Library.
Susan Brinchman will discuss her book, “Gustave Whitehead: First in Flight,” in a 7 p.m. appearance via Skype from California. Her presentation can be viewed in the Rotary Room of the library, corner of Old Post and Post roads.
Brinchman, a retired educator who grew up in Fairfield, will discuss the book’s research into Whitehead, a German immigrant, who she says in 1901 built and flew the world’s first powered, manned aircraft in Fairfield — two years before the Wright brothers’ better-known flight in Kitty Hawk, N.C.
She is the daughter of and former research assistant to the late Air Force Major William J. O’Dwyer, an authority on Whitehead and the co-founder of the Gustave Weisskopf Museum in Leuterhausen, Germany.
Copies of Brinchman’s book will be available for purchase at the library event. Registration is requested for the free program.