Pioneers of Flight
Otto Lilienthal and Octave Chanute were the pioneers of flight who most influenced and inspired Orville and Wilbur Wright. Photographs of Lilienthal, a German engineer, depict his flying attempts in various gliders before his career was cut short in a fatal gliding accident in 1895. Chanute, an American engineer, networked with experimenters and became accomplished in his own right for his gliding experiments. See images of Chanute's multiple-wing gliding machine and his 1902 Glider. (Images Courtesy of Carroll F. Gray Aeronautical Collection, Special Collections and Archives, Wright State University, and the Library of Congress)
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