as told to Joe Godfrey, AVweb, by Cliff Robertson, 1986
They found me. They asked if I'd come up to Bridgeport, Connecticut where they had made a model based on his plans and documentation. They didn't have the engine for it, but they had the airplane. They had evidence that he had actually flown in 1901. He was a German immigrant, very intelligent, native genius. They talked to people that had lived there back then, and they found a woman who had been a young girl. Her family had a farm nearby and Whitehead was experimenting there. So they asked her if she had seen the airplane and she said "Oh yeah, I used to see the airplane. I'd see it up at this end of the field and then later on I'd see it down at that end of the field." Then they asked her "Well, did you see it fly?" And she said "No, it didn't fly." And they said "How did it get to the other end of the field?" And she said "Well, it went up in the air and flew along for a while and then came back down, but it didn't go anywhere." She was thinking in terms of an airline.