Gustave Whitehead: First in Flight author gives talk via Skype

Author and educator Susan Brinchman presents new evidence to credit Gustave Whitehead Sunday, Jan. 10, from 4-6 p.m., via Skype at the Pequot Library, Southport.

Whitehead was successful in powered flights two years before the Wrights' brothers. Learn more about this hidden history in early aviation that took place in our own backyard. Learn about Fairfield's connection to the first man who accomplished the "first in powered flight" and the inventor of the airplane.

Brinchman’s book, Gustave Whitehead: First in Flight, utilizes her key research for the past five decades, where she was present for key events such as interviews with witnesses, and familiar with the places Whitehead lived and flew. Brinchman is uniquely suited to present documentation for the achievements of Gustave Whitehead, controversial aviation pioneer.

There will be a 30-40 minute author talk, followed by a Q & A, book purchasing and refreshments. In addition, there will be a live guest speaker, Andy Kosch, who is a Connecticut teacher. He will be bringing a replica of the Whitehead #21 model.

Susan O'Dwyer Brinchman, M. Ed, is an expert on Gustave Whitehead, and is an experienced educator and early aviation researcher with a love of history. A highly successful educator for 36 years, Brinchman holds four California teaching credentials, including social sciences, with a masters degree in educational technology. She resides in California.

More information is available at or 203-259-0346, ext. 15.