Edward Prior
Original Content Is © 2013 - Carroll F. Gray



PRIOR, Edward

Interview given to Stella Randolph, July, 1934

I remember one Sunday morning back of the American Tube and Stamping Company, we were all on the beach at Seaside Park, and he [Whitehead] started with his plane. He had a lot of ballast; he was alone in the plane when it rose from the ground, and it tipped a little, finally struck a tree, and one of the wings collapsed.

The motor on the plane started, and the plane appeared to be operating on its own power, with a slack rope, when it struck a tree." "We felt sure this plane was going to take to flight of itself when it struck the tree. It dropped about forty feet. All of us rushed forward, expecting to find Mr. Whitehead dead, but he was unhurt.


Stella Randolph typed notes, undated, ca. 1936

I have known Mr. Whitehead since about 1898. I remember one Sunday morning back of the American Tube ad Stamping Company, we were all on the beach at Seaside Park and he started with his plane. He had a lot of ballast; he was alone in the plane when it rose from the ground and it tipped a little, finally struck a tree and one of the wings collapsed. Mr. Prior had just come to Bridgeport at that time, and didn't know many people. However, he says although the automobile towed the plane the motor started and the plane appeared to be operating on its own power with a slack rope when it struck the tree. I never saw him make a flight over the water. We felt quite sure this plane was going to take to flight of itself when it struck the tree. It dropped about 40 feet. We all rushed expecting to find Mr. Whitehead dead, but he was unhurt. About 1908 a Mr. Payne made a flight. The first day he had trouble. The second day about 80,000 people came to see him and he would not attempt the flight because of the crowd.

Mrs. Horvath and Mrs. Huber helped make the wings; Jim Dickey helped. All the women were busy in the back of the big yard at Pine street sewing the wings. He had the finest of silk and aluminum in the plane.



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