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Posts tagged Octave Chanute

May 24, 2010

 

Flying Home

Both North Carolina and Ohio can lay claim to the title “birthplace of aviation”, but the modern airplane’s contrails lead back to Indiana.

January 20, 2009

 

A Link in the Chain of Aeronautical History

Indiana’s place in the history of flight is well secured by the role played by French-born civil engineer Octave Chanute, whose experiments with non-motorized aircraft in Indiana’s dunes in the 1890s directly inspired the aeronautical innovators who followed.

January 13, 2009

 

The Crazy Old Man of the Sand Dunes: Octave Chanute

Black and white photos of nattily dressed men and improbable-looking flying machines against a background of sand dunes instantly evoke the Wright Brothers’ pioneering flights at Kitty Hawk.

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