Octave Chanute


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Octave Chanute
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BirthplaceParis, France
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NationalityUnited States
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Aviation pioneer, railway engineer

Chanute, Octave

(1832–1910) aerial navigator; born in Paris, France. Brought to America when his family emigrated in 1838, he went on to a successful career as a civil engineer, building iron railroad bridges. His favorite pastime, however, was the study of aerial navigation; he conducted the first scientific experiments in America on gliding (1896–97) and then built a biplane glider that the Wright Brothers used as a model for their first glider. In addition to actually flying gliders, he wrote pioneering works about the engineering and navigational problems of flight.
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Kane, president of the New York, Lake Erie & Western Railroad and Coal Company, and Octave Chanute, a civil engineer with the Erie Railroad.
And as Octave Chanute points out in his book, Progress in Flying Machines, the path to success is paved with necessary, enlightening, and productive failures.
Murphy also reminds us that Octave Chanute was a correspondent of Orville and Wilbur Wright and encouraged their efforts.
Langley, secretary of the Smithsonian Institute, engineer Octave Chanute, and other lesser-known but very capable competitors.
The towns were vying for the right to house the LL&G Railroad's new land office, but they were unable to settle their differences until Octave Chanute, the chief engineer and general superintendent of the LL&G Railroad came to town.
Armed with hard-earned scientific data from their wind tunnel tests and encouraged by their ever-supportive friend Octave Chanute, Orville and Wilbur set off in August 1902 for their third set of gliding experiments at Kitty Hawk.
Mackersey is excellent on the background to their achievement and his book is full of intriguing characters, including the wonderfully named rivals and colleagues Octave Chanute, Augustus Herring, and Edward Huffaker.
Mark Kinkade's inserts giving credit to aviation pioneers such as Octave Chanute and Charles Langely, etc.
Crouch incorporates within an overarching chronological framework a review of the dogged efforts of such American aviation pioneers as Octave Chanute to make structural, power, and control theories into actual flying machines.
Titled "The 12 Seconds That Changed the World," the display is a tribute to the genius bicycle mechanics from Dayton and others, like Octave Chanute, who have changed the way we live through the marvels of flight.
Stafford's honors include the Distinguished Service Medal, Distinguished Flying Cross, Joint Service and Air Force commendation medals, NASA's Distinguished and Exceptional Service medals, the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics Octave Chanute Flight Award, the Society of Experimental Test Pilots' James H.
Collier Trophy; the AIAA Astronautics Award; the Octave Chanute Award.