H I C A G O
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Although the Wright
remembered as the first aviation pioneers,
they were profoundly
influenced by Octave
Chanute. Wilbur Wright claimed that "if
[Chanute] had not lived, the entire history
of progress in flying would have been other
than it has been."
A renowned civil engineer,
railroads that opened the American West,
and designed Chicago's Union Stock Yards.
He was mesmerized, though, by the
possibility of flight. While in his 60s,
Chanute produced a "two-surface gliding
machine," which was flown over the Indiana Dunes by a handful of younger
associates. His Progress in Flying Machines (1894) quickly became the classic
text of aviation experimenters. Chanute later advised the Wright brothers
and photographed their flying experiments at Kitty Hawk, North Carolina.
During this time, Chanute lived at 224 (formerly 413) East Huron Street.