The Octave Chanute Pages
Focusing on Chanute's contributions to the invention of the airplane and his glider experiments in the Indiana Dunes in 1896.
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An Overview and Introduction
Newspaper and eyewitness accounts
A great picture of the experimenters in camp at Miller with the Albatross.
Octave Chanute - this Chicago engineer was the 'elder statesman' of aeronautical experiments in 1900. His glider experiments at Miller Beach in 1896 produced the most influential and significant glider of the pre-Wright era.
The summer of 1996 marked the centennial of Chanute's experiments in the Indiana Dunes.
Folks from all over the country converged on Marquette Park for a celebration and test
flights of Chanute glider replicas on
The celebration was sponsored by the Chanute-Aquatorium Society, an organization dedicated to restoring the 1920's vintage bathhouse on Miller Beach and creating a museum to Chanute's glider experiments and the Tuskegee Airmen of World War II.
Of special interest: If you have further interest in the
invention of the airplane, Gary Bradshaw is building a very ambitious site devoted to that
subject. The site features a gallery of pre-Wright brothers inventors and experimenters,
as well as a digital library of Wright photographs from the Library of Congress.
"To Fly is
Everything.." is the 'front page' of this web site. "To Fly is
Everything..." has a number of Chanute's
writings, including Progress
in Flying Machines that was published in 1894.
Slowly coming online at 'To Fly is Everything..." is the Chanute-Wright correspondence from 1900 to 1910 which is vital to understanding the relationship between Chanute and the Wright brothers. That correspondence is also a primary source of descriptions of the Wright brothers experiments and eventual success.
Other Aviation Sites of Interest
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Thanks to Ms. Simine Short for help and assistance in compiling this information.
Chanute's Diary of 1896
Newspaper and Eyewitness Accounts Maps Centennial Celebration - 1996
Bibliography Chanute Glider Replicas Overview of the Chanute Gliders
Steve's Main Index Main Chanute Index Page Miller Beach Pages