Library Sunday Talks topic is Gustave Whitehead

Susan Brinchman

Susan Brinchman

The Stratford Library continues its Sunday Afternoon Talks series Sunday, Feb. 7, at 2 p.m. with author Susan Brinchman and educator Andy Kosch.

The program invites notable locals to speak in an informal atmosphere on a wide range of topics. The February topic is Gustave Whitehead: First in Flight, based on Brinchman’s latest book about the aviator. The program is free and open to the public.

Gustave-Whitehead-Book-CoveThe ongoing controversy over who flew first in America, the Wright brothers or Gustave Whitehead, continues to this day. The public is invited to meet Brinchman, via Skype, as she makes her case of Whitehead’s notable accomplishments which predate those of the Wright Brothers. Brinchman’s discussion will cover Stratford, Connecticut’s connection to the first man who accomplished the “first in powered flight” and the inventor of the airplane.

The author is uniquely suited to present documentation for the achievements of the controversial aviation pioneer. Brinchman 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, she holds four California teaching credentials including social sciences, with a master’s degree in educational technology. She resides in California. Her new 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.

Connecticut educator, Andy Kosch, will be a live guest speaker, at the Jan. 10, Meet the Author program at Pequot Library. He will show a replica of the Whitehead #21 model. This is part of the program about the book, Gustave Whitehead: First in Flight, by Susan Brinchman.

Connecticut educator, Andy Kosch.

Educator Andy Kosch will be a live guest speaker at the Library bringing a replica of the Whitehead #21 model. Kosch has been involved in the Gustave Whitehead plane project for the past 30 years, having flown a replica of the Whitehead plane at Sikorsky Memorial Airport in December 1986, or some 85 years after Whitehead successfully flew his heavier-than-air plane in Fairfield. Autographed copies of Brinchman’s Gustave Whitehead: First in Flight will be available for purchase after the Library talk.

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