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  1. 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.

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  2. Octave Chanute (born Feb. 18, 1832, Paris, France—died Nov. 23, 1910, Chicago, Ill., U.S.) was a 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.

  3. Quick Facts. Significance: Civil Engineer, Aviation Pioneer, Friend and Advisor to the Wrights. Place of Birth: Paris, France. Date of Birth: February 18, 1832. Place of Death: Chicago, Illinois. Date of Death: November 23, 1910. Place of Burial: Peoria, Illinois. Cemetery Name: Springdale Cemetery and Mausoleum.

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  5. Oct 17, 2015 · Octave Chanute was a Paris-born civil engineer in the United States who played a significant role in the burgeoning field of heavier-than-air flight in the late nineteenth century. Many people, if not most, have never heard of Octave Chanute or know what an anemometer is, but the man and the instrument both played an important part in Orville ...

  6. 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.

  7. 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.

  8. May 18, 2018 · I recently stood, pondering the serendipity of time and place and Chanutes pivotal role in the first successful powered manned flight. But for the whims of fate, Chanute, a wealthy Chicago businessman, might very likely never have set foot in America, let alone have been buried in Peoria.

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