Author Talk features Gustave Whitehead: First in Flight

Gustuve Whitehead plane

Gustuve Whitehead plane

Still think the Wright brothers flew first? Join us when author Susan Brinchman visits us from California via Skype to talk about her book, Gustave Whitehead: First in Flight Tuesday, Sept. 22, at 7 p.m., in the Rotary Room at the Main Library, 1080 Old Post Road.

Gustave Whitehead

Gustave Whitehead

Brinchman’s book details how Whitehead, a German immigrant and inventor, built and flew the world’s first successful , sustained, powered, manned airplane in Fairfield, two years before the Wright brothers flew at Kitty Hawk. Books will be available for purchase at this event. Registration is requested. Don’t miss this story of history in our own back yard.

Susan O’Dwyer Brinchman, MEd, a retired educator, grew up in Fairfield and has been researching Whitehead and little known facts about aviation history for the past 30 years. She is the daughter of and former research assistant to Major William J. O’Dwyer (USAF, deceased), a world authority on Whitehead and the co-founder of the Gustave Weisskopf Museum in Leuterhausen, Germany.

All programs at the Fairfield Public Library are free. To register, or for more information about this and other programs, visit us online at: or call 203-256-3160. Follow the Fairfield Public library on Twitter: and Facebook:

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