- : France
- : 1896
- 15 ' 8"
- : Static Exhibit
- 12 ' 8"
- : Reproduction
Octave Chanute was a genuine pioneer of glider flight in the United States. He focused on the development of a mechanized control system rather than relying on shifting body weight to aim the aircraft (the accepted method of control at the time). He developed several successful gliders during the late 1800s, and between 1896 and 1897 Chanute’s assistants made over 1000 flights in his designs. He was over 60 when his first glider flew. His accumulated knowledge of flight was documented in his book, “Progress in Flying Machines” in 1894, and the Wright Brothers sought his advice in the development of their gliders. They developed a close relationship, and their success was due in part to their communications with Chanute.
In 1980, Gordon Bainbridge beautifully crafted the Aerodrome’s reproduction of a Chanute Glider using drawings obtained from a direct descendant of Octave Chanute. This was one of Chanute’s better-known glider designs.
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