Author: Octave Chanute
Publisher: New York, American Engineer and Railroad Journal, 1894
First Edition of the first published systematic collection of aviation research.
8vo., original blue cloth lettered in gilt on spine, gilt block on upper board. Inner hinges strengthened otherwise a very good copy.
Octave Chanute has been called the “father of aviation.” His classic Progress in Flying Machines profoundly influenced the work of the Wright Brothers and many others. Chanute, a
railroad engineer, collected data from flight researchers around the world and published them in this volume, the first systematic published collection of aviation research. It was hailed as “the most
comprehensive and authoritative treatise on the evolution of mechanical flight in all counties” (Aero, 1909) and “without question the most valuable work of its kind in existence” (Flight, 1910).
Chanute conducted his own research, in collaboration with others, determining that the best way to add lift efficiently was to stack wings on top of one another. This led to the Chanute biplane, on which the Wrights based their first glider. Chanute and the Wrights became acquainted in 1900 when Wilbur wrote to Chanute after reading his Progress in Flying Machines. Chanute spent years encouraging the Wrights and publicizing their work.
This book, a founding work of aviation science, is a centre-piece for any collection