Chanute, 1894, Progress in Flying Machines

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Progress in Flying Machines was an 1894 book by Octave Chanute, considered an influential survey of the state of aeronautics.

The book's publication cemented Chanute's role as a central networker in flight research.[1]

Clément Ader declined to contribute information about his work, leading Chanute to write: "The details are being kept secret, as the inventor states that he believes that it is destined to play an important part in the national defense of his country."[2]


  • Progress in Flying Machines at To Fly is Everything — full text and most illustrations with hyperlinked table of contents
  • Preview of 1997 republication on Google Books


  1. Scott, 1995, p. 105. "For all its flaws, Progress performed flawlessly: It catalogued the state of the art for experimenters, and perhaps gave some future giants the shoulders to stand upon. Secondarily it brought all the current experimenters in contact with Chanute. He seemed content with the role of their mentor, eager to distribute ideas and money, when necessary, among promising experimenters."
  2. Chanute 1894, p. 212; in Hallion, 2003, p. 130.
Original title
Simple title Progress in Flying Machines
Authors Octave Chanute
Date 1894
Countries US
Languages en
Related to aircraft? 1
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