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  1. Feb 26, 2019 · Octave Chanute was born on February 18th, 1832 in Paris, France. Chanute immigrated to the United States in 1838 where he lived for the rest of his life. In his childhood, Chanute attended private schools in New York City and worked on the Hudson River Railroad, and gained a knowledge of basic engineering from doing so.

  2. Sep 4, 2022 · Octave Chanute passed away at the age of 78 on November 23rd, 1910. He is long remembered as the father of aviation amid his initial concepts of heavier-than-air flying. What are your thoughts about the Chanute Glider? What do you make of the overall impact of the innovation over the years? Let us know what you think in the comment section.

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  4. Octave Chanute: Pioneer Glider and Father of the Science of Aviation By Frank F. Fowle We are meeting on this historic ground this afternoon with a dual purpose, to honor the genius of a great engineer, and to mark the location where his pioneer experiments with gliders commenced an epoch in the science and art of aviation

  5. Chanute glider of 1896, biplane hang glider designed and built by American aviation pioneers Octave Chanute, Augustus M. Herring, and William Avery in Chicago during the early summer of 1896. Along with the standard glider flown by Otto Lilienthal of Germany, the Chanute glider, designed by Chanute but also incorporating the ideas of his young ...

    • Octave Chanute’s Early Life
    • Octave Chanute’s Incredible Contributions to Railroads
    • Progress in Flying Machines and Turning to Aviation
    • Testing and Building Gliders
    • The Second Phase of Glider Testing
    • Meeting The Wright Brothers
    • Octave Chanute’s Legacy

    Octave Chanute was born in 1832, in Paris (France, and not Paris, Idaho; Paris, Maine; Paris, Texas; or any of the other many Paris pretenders.) In 1838 he immigrated to the United States as a young boy with his father Joseph Chanute, a professor at the College de France. His father made the move in order to accept the position as Vice-President at...

    I’ve had a little trouble tracking down exact dates, but from what I can tell, Octave Chanute retired from official railroad work in 1883, leaving a position with Erie Railway. He did, however, continue to serve as an independent engineering consultant until 1889, when he moved on from that as well to focus solely on aviation. Now, during his time ...

    Spending his lifetime as an engineer provided Chanute with two very important advantages when it came to aviation. First, both his railroad related inventions and engineering jobs left him financially well off, and able to fund both his research and the building of experimental gliders and aircraft. And second, it greatly enhanced Chanute’s ability...

    Octave Chanute felt it was premature to install a motor onto a flying machine until reliable stability could be obtained. Safety, balance, and stability were his initial goals, and with this in mind, in December of 1895, Chanute met with Augustus Herring. A fellow engineer, Herring had already been conducting aviation experiments for some time. Tog...

    Up first was the re-built multi-wing glider. The wings were now attached to a new frame using ball bearings instead of ordinary pivots, and the wings were trussed together using a Pratt truss.2This re-built glider proved more successful over a series of glides, more than doubling the results from the previous test flights. And though the glider des...

    The Chanute-Herring biplane glider served as an inspiration for the Wright Bother’s own glider design, and in 1900, Wilbur Wright began corresponding with Octave Chanute after reading Progress in Flying Machines. This correspondence grew into a friendship, with the Wright Brothers seeking advice from Chanute, often incorporating his design suggesti...

    It has been reported that during his first decade of flight exploration, Chanute kept his experiments hidden and would even apologize for his interest in flying. He was concerned that those around him might think his passion for aviation was merely the pursuit of a crazed, retired old man. Historians believe this may be one of the driving forces be...

  6. Oct 2, 2021 · A bi-winged glider design by Octave Chanute from 1896. This design introduced a strut system meant to strengthen the wings, and it would serve as inspiration for the Wright Brothers. After the many-winged glider experiments, Chanute turned his attention to a bi-winged glider design.

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