Wright Again

Wright Again

Corrections To the Gliding Data - Sunday, November 30, 1902

The History: Wilbur replied to Octave Chanute's letter of November 15th . He explained to Chanute that, "Affairs at Huntington have required much of my time and thought recently". 1 [Wilbur is referring to the investigation in which their father, Bishop Milton Wright, was involved.]

Wilbur reported to Chanute that he had looked over the record of the glides of October 8th and noticed a few "apparent blunders" 1[mistakes]. He noted a math addition error for one of the glides. Wilbur also believes the dates of two of the glides were on October 9th not October 8th.

Wilbur wishes Chanute a safe and enjoyable passage to Egypt. "It is a land of wondrous interest and the home of many remarkable birds whose evolutions will doubtless share your attention along with the Pyramids, Thebes, and the great dam." 1

Hopefully, one of the brothers will have time to prepare a report of their 1902 glider results. If Chanute wishes, they will submit their account to the Western Society of Engineers.

The Western Society of Engineers is a professional engineering association still in existence today. Headquartered in Chicago, Illinois, Octave Chanute was one of the society's most notable members. One of the activities the society supported was scholarly presentations by member engineers as well as other individuals. This is still done today.

You might wonder why the "Western" Society of Engineers was located in Chicago which is in the north central part of the United States. The society was established in 1880, at which time Chicago was considered part of the western United States.

Quotations are from The Papers of Wilbur and Orville Wright by M. McFarland.

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