Gustave Whitehead

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Birthday
1, 1874
Birthplace
Germany
Death Date
Oct 10, 1927 (53)
Birth Sign
Capricorn
Birthday
1, 1874
Birthplace
Germany
Death Date
Oct 10, 1927 (53)

About

German aviation pioneer who worked on powered flight and was active at the same time as the famous Wright Brothers.

Before Fame

He studied in Hamburg and participated in several sea expeditions before attempting to build machines capable of flight.

Trivia

He may have made the first successful flight in 1899. This claim, however, cannot be proven.

Family Life

He was born in Leutershausen, Bavaria, to Karl and Babetta Weisskopf.

Associated With

Several accounts claim that Whitehead shared his engineering knowledge with the Wright Brothers and thus helped them make their historic flight. However, Orville Wright denied that any such meeting ever took place.