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Stratford Library “Sunday Afternoon Talks” Returns!


Local Aviation History is the Topic

Sunday, October 1st, from 2 to 3:30 p.m.
Stratford Public Library, Lovell Room
Free and open to the public

The Stratford Library will reopen for regular Sunday service hours with this popular series of informative and entertaining talks, featuring prominent local guest speakers. At this event, Christopher Soltis and Andy Kosch, from the Connecticut Air & Space Center in Stratford (CASC) will discuss the history of local aviation.

Soltis will present the History of the Connecticut Air & Space Center, delving into the details of the 25-year-old Stratford organization. As its curator, Soltis will reveal the history and the struggle of operating an educational air museum. CASC Board Member Andy Kosch will share with us the astonishing career of local aviation pioneer Gustave Whitehead, believed to have been first in flight before the Wright Brothers.

Soltis is a lifelong student of aviation and military history. Having been involved with the Connecticut Air & Space Center since he turned 18, he has since risen to the ranks of curator and is a member on the board of directors. He continues to strive to enhance the exhibits and displays at the museum to better tell the tale of Connecticut’s proud aviation history.

Kosch is a Founding Member of the CASC Board of Directors since 1998. He has a BA from Central Connecticut State College, an MAT from Fairfield University and an MS from Bridgeport University. He has a Private Pilot’s License and built his first Whitehead airplane in 1985, which he flew at Bridgeport Airport in December 1986.

The Sunday Afternoon Talks” series, hosted by Charles Lautier of Stratford, is held monthly from 2-3:30 p.m. in the Stratford Library Lovell Room.

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