FAIRFIELD — In honor of the 118th anniversary of his historic 1901 flight, First Selectman Mike Tetreau issued a proclomation declaring Wednesday “Gustave Whitehead Day.”
Fairfield was the site of Whitehead’s historic half-mile flight of his machine-powered No. 21 aircraft, which predated the Wright brothers’ 1903 flight. The plane flew at a height of 50 feet and landed on what is now Jennings Beach. Whitehead also lived in Fairfield during his life.