Bates, Carl S.
Carl S. Bates was a farm boy from Clear Lake, IA who became interested in flying at an early age. He was only 14 when he constructed a man-carrying kite in 1898. In 1903, he moved to Chicago to attend the Armour Institute of Technology and there came under the guidance of aeronautical pioneer Octave Chanute.
Bates constructed his first airplane in 1908, patterned after the early Curtiss biplanes. He also built aircraft motors and gained a reputation for their lightness and reliability.