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Locomotive to AeromotiveOctave Chanute and the Transportation Revolution$
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Simine Short

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780252036316

Published to Illinois Scholarship Online: April 2017

DOI: 10.5406/illinois/9780252036316.001.0001

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From the Locomotive to the Aeromotive

From the Locomotive to the Aeromotive

(p.182) Chapter 7 From the Locomotive to the Aeromotive
Locomotive to Aeromotive

Simine Short

University of Illinois Press

This chapter details Octave Chanute's contributions to the development of aeronautics. Early in his working life, Chanute had become interested in the unconventional topic of manned flight, but in the interest of his career and social standing, he did not discuss it publicly. Now approaching what he considered the end of his professional career, this seemed an opportune time to investigate mechanical flight. In the mid-1890s Octave Chanute developed the most modern and successful glider up to that time. He systematically approached the problems necessary for flight and had moved solutions forward through experimentation, observation, and communication. Chanute had also begun an international conduit, vital for the exchange of ideas and encouragement as the invention of the airplane evolved.

Keywords:   Octave Chanute, civil engineers, aeronautics, flight, glider

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