Category Archives: History

When Pancho Villa Invaded New Mexico

In 1916, the Mexican guerrilla leader Pancho Villa launched a cross-border raid into New Mexico.

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Pancho Villa                photo from WikiCommons

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Gustav Whitehead and the First Airplane

In March 2013, Paul Jackson, the editor of the widely-respected aviation journal Jane’s All the World’s Aircraft, published an article in which he reignited a long-running historical dispute by asserting that the first airplane flight had not been made by the Wright Brothers in December 1903, but by a German immigrant named Gustav Whitehead in the summer of 1901.

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Gustav Whitehead’s “Aeroplane Number 21”

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