Are there books about Gustave Whitehead in print now?

Yes! The most comprehensive book ever written about the evidence for Gustave Whitehead’s early flights, “Gustave Whitehead: First in Flight” has just been published, on May 28, 2015. Written by Susan O’Dwyer Brinchman, a highly experienced educator and longtime Whitehead expert and researcher, this book presents the case for Whitehead’s recognition as “first in powered flight” and an inventor of the airplane, while covering the most controversial aspects of his history. “Gustave Whitehead: First in Flight” will serve as a reference concerning Gustave Whitehead, for ages 13-Adult.

Learn how a German immigrant and inventor built and flew the world’s first powered airplane in Fairfield, Stratford, and Bridgeport, Connecticut, over two years before Kitty Hawk; a true account that will change perceptions about early aviation history, forever.

“Gustave Whitehead: First in Flight” by Susan Brinchman is on sale now!

Softcover, 8″ x 10″ x 1″, 432 pages

Table of Contents, 14 Chapters

Shipping weight: 2.3 lbs.

192 Illustrations, 842 Endnotes


Bibliography & Resources

Comprehensive Index

$24.95 retail

“Gustave Whitehead: First in Flight”  is available at (first two hundred books sold from that site are signed), Amazon’s CreateSpace eStore: and (both, unsigned) . These books will quickly become collectors’ items, as public interest in reliable, authenticated information about Whitehead is high, and as there are no other books about Whitehead in print; this new book may be considered “rare”, even at publication.

"Gustave Whitehead: First in Flight" book cover

“Gustave Whitehead: First in Flight” book cover

Gustave Whitehead: First in Flight (back cover)

Gustave Whitehead: First in Flight (back cover)



There have been three previous books, considered collectors’ items now, published on Whitehead by his primary researchers, Stella Randolph and William J. O’Dwyer, but they are all out of print – though used copies may be obtained at times on, and In addition, in Fairfield County, CT, a number of the libraries and the Fairfield Museum have some of these books available for review.

History by Contract
(O’Dwyer and Randolph, 1978)

History by Contract details Whitehead's life, his successful flights, and Smithsonian's maneuvers to avoid and deny Whitehead credit of any kind.

History by Contract details Whitehead’s life, his successful flights, and Smithsonian’s maneuvers to avoid and deny Whitehead credit, culminating in the revelation of a secret Contract with the Wright heirs that forbids recognizing anyone else as first in flight.

Story of Gustave Whitehead: Before the Wrights Flew
(Randolph, 1966)

Before the Wrights Flew

Before the Wrights Flew an updated version of Lost Flights of Gustave Whitehead, with additional testimonies provided to her by researcher William J. O’Dwyer, Chairperson of the Gustave Whitehead Committee in Fairfield, CT.

Lost Flights of Gustave Whitehead
(Randolph, 1937)

Lost flights

First book about Whitehead, by Stella Randolph. This created a national sensation in 1937. Randolph became both a heroine and a target of the Wright proponents, Whitehead gained recognition in some circles.

The truth is incontrovertible. Malice may attack it, ignorance may deride it, but in the end, there it is.

– Winston Churchill

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