Octave Chanute (February 18, 1832 – November 23, 1910) was a French-American civil engineer and aviation pioneer. He advised and publicized many aviation enthusiasts, including the Wright brothers. At his death, he was hailed as the father of aviation and the initial concepts of the heavier-than-air flying machine.
Nov 19, 2023 · Octave Chanute (born Feb. 18, 1832, Paris, France—died Nov. 23, 1910, Chicago, Ill., U.S.) leading American civil engineer and aeronautical pioneer. (Read Orville Wright’s 1929 biography of his brother, Wilbur.) Immigrating to the United States with his father in 1838, Chanute attended private schools in New York City. His first job was as ...
His services as a civil engineer and urban planner were critical to the development of towns across the West. By 1888, Octave Chanute, now one of the most successful civil engineers in the nation, had established both a consulting practice and a wood preservation firm in Chicago.
Octave Chanute was already a well-known engineer when he began studying the problem of flight. His classic 1894 volume Progress in Flying Machines brought together in one book a history of humankind's attempts to fly. Chanute also applied his knowledge of bridge building to the design of gliders.
Birth: February 18, 1832 Death: November 23, 1910 Octave Chanute Published his classic book Progress in Flying Machines in 1894. Began to search for automatic flight control in 1896 by designing and building a series of gliders which flew successfully.
Sep 24, 2020 · Octave Chanute: Patron Saint of Flight. Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum. French-born civil engineer Octave Chanute chose to test experimental gliders in the Indiana Dunes at the end of the 1890s. At this time, flight was not considered possible by the majority of society.
The Octave Chanute Aerospace Museum, the largest aviation museum in Illinois,  occupied part of the grounds of the decommissioned Chanute Air Force Base in Rantoul, Illinois. It and the base were named for Octave Chanute, railroad engineer and aviation pioneer.