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(NPR)   Bridgeport, Conn: 'Firster in Flight'   ( npr.org) divider line
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2013-03-20 05:45:35 PM  
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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 12:03:51 PM  
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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 09:44:02 AM  
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Bridgeport is a shiathole that all of Connecticut is ashamed of.
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