Saturday, January 03, 2004

The Kansas Connection To The Wright Brothers

Octave Chanute was also the French Connection to the Wrights. Mr. Chanute was a real renaissance man. He was the first man to bridge the Missouri river (the Hannibal Bridge in Kansas City), was general superintendent of the Southern Kansas Railroad and platted Lenexa (one city over from mine). Oh, and he also built a biplane glider and mentored the Wright Brothers.