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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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Encouraging Progress in Flying Machines

Encouraging Progress in Flying Machines

(p.239) Chapter 8 Encouraging Progress in Flying Machines
Locomotive to Aeromotive

Simine Short

University of Illinois Press

This chapter details Octave Chanute's contributions to the effort to develop flying machines. By the early days of the twentieth century, the ancient taboo of flight slowly emerged as a thoroughly modern inquiry of science. To realize his personal goal of witnessing sustained mechanical flight, Chanute freely shared what he had learned; for him, technical information was a public commodity and he impressed on his correspondents the need to share what they had discovered so that future investigators could avail themselves of the known and take problems to the next level. By linking his many correspondents into an informal network, Chanute provided motivation and became the focal point of a far-reaching international community of flying machine experimenters.

Keywords:   Octave Chanute, civil engineers, flight, aeronautics, flying machines

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