Replicas of the Chanute Glider built in 1996 - the Centennial year
63 students built two copies of the famous biplane glider as an integrated mathematics/science
project over the school year. Beginning with drawing plans, the 11 and 12 year old
aeronautical technicians then developed balsa and tissue models, and finally, under
the guidance of teachers Richard Glueck and Christopher Chilelli, created the full-scale
gliders. They flew them as kites on June 7, 1996. The flights were covered by Maine
Public Broadcasting, CBS and NBC affiliates, as well as the Bangor Daily News and
the Penobscot Times.
Paul Dees built from original drawings a replica of the Chanute Glider at his home
in Redmond, Washington. Paul brought his glider to the Chanute Celebration in Gary,
Indiana, displayed it and attempted a test flight on July 27, 1996. The winds were
insufficient, but the day before Paul made several successful flights from dunes
at Warren Dunes, Michigan, a state park on Lake Michigan.
This photo shows Paul with the completed
airfoil frame in the course of the construction.
Students at the Rochester, New York Institute of Technology built a replica using
modern materials as part of an engineering project. They too brought their glider
to the Chanute Centennial Celebration and attempted to fly the glider on July 27,
More pictures of the their glider can be found on the
Celebration Page and the 'More Pictures' page.