“City in Flight” is a special breakout evening for “City Under Lights” at City Lights Gallery.
It’s fitting because of Bridgeport’s special place in the history of aviation. And one lucky attendee will be taking flight him or herself.
On Friday, Feb. 4, the gallery will offer a special presentation about inventors Igor Sikorsky and Gustave Whitehead. Sikorsky was an important figure in the development of the helicopter. His company remains today, a powerhouse in Stratford, where the local airport is aptly named for him. Whitehead, who was originally from Germany, lived in Bridgeport and was the creator of No. 23, a steam-engine flying machine. Many people feel our fair city actually beat the Wright Brothers at Kitty Hawk to the punch — this dispute will go on forever.
There will be a four-foot model of No. 23 on view that evening.
Morgan Kaolian has generously donated a door prize for the evening, a chance to win a one-hour plane ride with up to two guests.
Suggested donation $10 with food and drinks included.
This exhibit is sponsored by the Bridgeport Holiday Inn, Milford Photo and the Connecticut Commission on Culture and Tourism.