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This book, the best produced on Gustave Whitehead, now recognized as "first in powered flight", ahead of the Wrights, the true inventor of the first successful airplane, accurately reveals that there is a real legal contract between the heirs to the Orville Wright estate and the Smithsonian Institution, which forbids Smithsonian from recognizing anyone else as flying first. This contract has paralyzed early aviation history research in the USA. The book is a must read, and well done, with loads of original documents and information confirming that Gustave Whitehead of Bridgeport and Fairfield, CT, actually flew before the Wright Bros, by two years. The book explains in detail how Smithsonian has fought the evidence, due to the contract, which was unearthed by Maj. William J. O'Dwyer, USAF (ret) with the assistance of a CT Senator. This book truly changed aviation history, one of the most important volumes ever published on the topic. A collector's item if you want an historic volume, or are an early aviation enthusiast. This hardcover volume is exquisitely printed and attractive, 2/3 of it is loaded with illustrations, photos, and documents that back up what is said. To view the Contract and other proof of Whitehead flying first, go to www.historybycontract.org. I rate this book an A+ and wish a reprint would occur. For more info, resources, FAQ, and books on Gustave Whitehead go to www.gustavewhitehead.info. I am reviewing this book on 10/19/13.