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(NPR)   Bridgeport, Conn: 'Firster in Flight'   (npr.org) divider line 25
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2013-03-20 09:38:04 AM
oblig when bridgeport is mentioned

/yeah, lets have our only attraction right by a creepy underpass
 
2013-03-20 09:44:02 AM
Bridgeport is a shiathole that all of Connecticut is ashamed of.
 
2013-03-20 09:49:39 AM
As a North Carolina native, I don't care. While it may be somewhat important for history books or buffs, that's about the only reason. We can just make our license plates say "We've outlawed global warming AND gay marriage, yay!" or something. Maybe that's too long. How about "At least we're not South Carolina". Yeah, that'll work. fark SC. The only thing they have is better fireworks.
 
2013-03-20 10:07:49 AM
The Kitty Hawk flight was the first powered, piloted, and controlled flight of a heavier-than-air aircraft.  I.e., not a glider or hot air balloon, and where the pilot was able to steer where he was going.  Samuel Langley had built an unpiloted powered aircraft that successfully flew nearly a mile in 1896, but was unable to scale it up to a human-sized aircraft.  From the picture, it looks like the Whitehead aircraft doesn't have the control surfaces necessary for changing elevation and turning.
 
2013-03-20 10:16:54 AM

Eddie Ate Dynamite: How about "At least we're not South Carolina". Yeah, that'll work. fark SC.


"Fark SC" is even more succinct.
 
2013-03-20 10:19:42 AM
Oh firster, had to reread that.... I was a little confused how that would work.
 
2013-03-20 10:30:04 AM

Saiga410: Oh firster, had to reread that.... I was a little confused how that would work.


Helluva way to join the mile-high club.
 
2013-03-20 10:38:00 AM
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Suck it South Carolina.
Suck it long and suck it hard.
 
2013-03-20 10:51:59 AM
Waiting for historians to give the telephone to Elisha Gray too.
 
2013-03-20 11:02:38 AM
NC is pretty shameless to put it on their plates to begin with.  Ohio did all the hard work.  As usual.
 
2013-03-20 11:05:43 AM
Might be helpful to show us the picture in question...
 
2013-03-20 11:09:21 AM
You can have my apocryphal, anachronistic, and downright fictional histories when you pry them from my cold dead hand.
 
2013-03-20 11:19:20 AM
Firster in flight fight

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2013-03-20 11:41:29 AM
Whitehead?

...

Yep. Whitehead.
 
2013-03-20 12:03:51 PM

Arkanaut: The Kitty Hawk flight was the first powered, piloted, and controlled flight of a heavier-than-air aircraft.  I.e., not a glider or hot air balloon, and where the pilot was able to steer where he was going.  Samuel Langley had built an unpiloted powered aircraft that successfully flew nearly a mile in 1896, but was unable to scale it up to a human-sized aircraft.  From the picture, it looks like the Whitehead aircraft doesn't have the control surfaces necessary for changing elevation and turning.


This. When you look at the history of flight, there are a lot of guys who were in the air before the wrights, but they couldn't stay I'm the air, or steer, or even get out of prototype phase. The wright flyer did all of those things combined, and did them far better than anyone. The wright flyer was the first real plane; everything before it was just a toy
 
2013-03-20 12:18:38 PM
And once again, Alberto Santos-Dumont gets screwed over.
 
2013-03-20 03:34:48 PM
That ridiculous contraption could not fly.
 
2013-03-20 03:48:36 PM
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2013-03-20 05:16:12 PM

Schroedinger's Glory Hole: Bridgeport is a shiathole that all of Connecticut is ashamed of.


Sadly, this.  But, we know we're shiat, and have no pretense about being not-shiatty like New Haven, Stratford, Hartford, Stamford, or Waterbury.

And can someone, anyone please tell Finch to STFU.  "Firster"?  Really?
 
2013-03-20 05:35:04 PM
Whitehead's flight was in Stratford, not Bridgeport.  Bridgeport used to be a part of Stratford, anyway...thank god we got rid of it.

/Stratford's a goddamned ghost town...once Sikorsky goes (and they will), we're toast.
 
2013-03-20 05:45:35 PM

Kim Jong-il: Whitehead's flight was in Stratford, not Bridgeport.  Bridgeport used to be a part of Stratford, anyway...thank god we got rid of it.

/Stratford's a goddamned ghost town...once Sikorsky goes (and they will), we're toast.


Stratford will be like Bridgeport and Derby - booming industrial cities decades ago with lots of working and middle-class, now full of poor people, people who can't afford to move out, and stubborn old-timers.  Jobs left, white flight, and all that.  Stratford's well on the way to becoming Bridgeport Jr.
 
2013-03-20 06:17:58 PM

Duck_of_Doom: Kim Jong-il: Whitehead's flight was in Stratford, not Bridgeport.  Bridgeport used to be a part of Stratford, anyway...thank god we got rid of it.

/Stratford's a goddamned ghost town...once Sikorsky goes (and they will), we're toast.

Stratford will be like Bridgeport and Derby - booming industrial cities decades ago with lots of working and middle-class, now full of poor people, people who can't afford to move out, and stubborn old-timers.  Jobs left, white flight, and all that.  Stratford's well on the way to becoming Bridgeport Jr.


So far, Stratford is not quite as bad as Bridgeport or Derby...I do think Stratford is a nice town, and I like living here.  I am just so scared of what will happen to the (already pretty damned high) property taxes once Sikorsky leaves.  Once Sikorsky is gone, then I think we will see Stratford spiral down into the abyss of cesspool-dom that you see in the Valley and Bridgeport as the middle class gets priced out of homeownership here.

The Shakespeare Theater has so much potential (I remember the stories my father told when he was a teenager in the 70s of all of the people who came to Stratford for the shows).  Too bad the Town, State, and People of Stratford are such farking morans.  I am very convinced the theater will have to be torn down...it is in such bad condition.

I'm interested to see what becomes of Milford...Milford has always been kind of a "twin" to Stratford, but Milford seems to be booming.  The only problem in Milford is that so much of the economic growth is in retail, which brings with it pretty crappy jobs that don't pay much above minimum wage or come with the good benefits that came with the moderate-heavy industries that used to dominate the region.
 
2013-03-20 07:22:21 PM

Schroedinger's Glory Hole: Bridgeport is a shiathole that all of Connecticut is ashamed of.


It's telling when a city declares bankruptcy while sitting in the richest county in the nation.
 
2013-03-20 07:32:55 PM

No Line For Beer: Schroedinger's Glory Hole: Bridgeport is a shiathole that all of Connecticut is ashamed of.

It's telling when a city declares bankruptcy while sitting in the richest county in the nation.


I used to work with a guy from Stamford.  Said once that there are effectively only two kinds of people in western CT: Wall Street lawyers and I-bankers, and high school dropouts on public assistance.  He didn't seem too regretful about leaving.
 
2013-03-21 07:26:41 AM

Robo Beat: No Line For Beer: Schroedinger's Glory Hole: Bridgeport is a shiathole that all of Connecticut is ashamed of.

It's telling when a city declares bankruptcy while sitting in the richest county in the nation.

I used to work with a guy from Stamford.  Said once that there are effectively only two kinds of people in western CT: Wall Street lawyers and I-bankers, and high school dropouts on public assistance.  He didn't seem too regretful about leaving.


Meh, Stamford is a good place. All the super rich flock down to Greenwich, and that third kind is south of 95. The downtown is youthful and well employed people, usually college educated tech or marketing people. City that works mfers
 
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