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The Chanute Medal was established in 1902 by the Western Society of Engineers. The Chanute Medal was established by Octave Chanute a past president of the Western Society of Engineers. Three members of the Western Society of Engineers receive the Chanute Medal for best papers in civil, electrical, and mechanical engineering.[1]

The American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, Inc. (AIAA) established the Octave Chanute Award also named after Octave Chanute.[2] Pilot(s) or test personnel that contributed to the advancement of the art, science, or technology of aeronautics received the Octave Chanute Award.[2] The Octave Chanute Award was renamed the Chanute Flight Award in 1978 and discontinued by the AIAA in 2005.[2] Starting in 2017, the Chanute Flight Award was re-established as the Chanute Flight Test Award.[2] The Chanute Flight Test Award presentation occurs biennially (odd-numbered years) at the AIAA Aviation and Aeronautics Forum.[2]The Chanute Flight Test Award is presented to recognize significant lifetime achievements in the advancement o the art, science, and technology of flight test engineering.[2]


Self taughtEdit


Octave Chanute, 1832–1910, was born in France and became a naturalized American. He was a self-taught engineer. He designed the first railroad bridge over the Missouri River and the Union Stock Yards in Chicago (IL) as well as those in Kansas City (MO). Octave Chanute was a pioneer aeronautical engineer and experimenter, and was a friend and adviser to the Wright Brothers.

Aeronautical pioneerEdit

Chanute waged a long campaign to encourage the invention of the airplane. He collected information from every possible source and gave it to anyone who asked. He published a compendium of aviation information in 1894. In 1896 he commissioned several aircraft to be built. The Katydid had multiple wings that could be attached variously about the fuselage for ease of experimentation. Chanute's biplane glider (1896) with "two arched wings held rigidly together by vertical struts and diagonal wire bracing" (the principle of the Pratt truss used in the railroad bridges which Chanute constructed) served as a prototype design for subsequent airplanes.


He is universally recognized as a prominent engineer, experimenter, writer and communicator, which is why these two award were given his name.

The former Chanute AFB in Illinois was named in honor of him, and so is the town of Chanute, KS

Chanute Flight Test Award ReceipentsEdit

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ Scientific and Technical Societies of the United States and Canada Sixth Edition. National Academy of Sciences (U.S.) National Research Council (U.S.). 1955. p. 358. Retrieved 9 December 2018.
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t u v w x y z aa ab ac ad ae af ag ah ai aj ak al am an ao ap aq ar as at au av aw ax ay az ba bb bc bd be bf bg bh bi "Chanute Flight Test Award Recipients". AIAA. American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics. Retrieved 9 December 2018.
  3. ^ "William J. Knight". X-15 Biographies. National Aeronautics and Space Administration. Retrieved 9 December 2018.
  4. ^ "Raymond 'Ray' L. McPherson 1920 -2010". TEST & RESEARCH PILOTS, FLIGHT TEST ENGINEERS. Retrieved 9 December 2018.
  5. ^ "Lew Wallick, Boeing's former chief test pilot, dies at 85". The Seattle Times. The Seattle Times. Retrieved 9 December 2018.
  6. ^ "Wiilliam George "Bill" Schweikhard". Find A Grave Memorial 159636888. Find a Grave. Retrieved 9 December 2018.
  7. ^ "Hoover, Robert "Bob"". The National Aviation Hall of Fame. NAHF. Retrieved 9 December 2018.
  8. ^ "Richard (Dick) Abrams; Lockheed Executive". Los Angeles Times. Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 9 December 2018.

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