Bridgeport, Connecticut: First Airplane Flew Here

A small fountain topped with replica of an early flying machine prototype marks the spot where Gustave Whitehead supposedly flew the first airplane in 1901 (before the Wright Brothers).
Address:
State St. Ext., Bridgeport, CT
Directions:
Just north of I-95 exit 25. The monument-fountain is in the median of State St. Ext. at its intersection with Hwy 130/Fairfield Ave.
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First flight monument.

First Airplane Flew Here

The First Flight monument is on an island in a busy intersection -- a little dangerous if you want to get close. Good views from the side street, though. We talked to a few locals in Stratford, who confirmed that Connecticut's favorite son was years ahead of the Wright Brothers. He just didn't have a good publicity agent. Gustav!

[Gloria Z., 08/12/2018]

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