In 1899, the Wright brothers wrote to Dr. Samuel P. Langley that they were about to begin aviation experiments and they wanted to know how to build and fly gliders. Langley replied that they should read Progress in Flying Machines and contact Chanute in Chicago.
The Wright brothers received their copy of Chanute’s book personally from the author, who became both their friend and advisor. At their invitation, Chanute visited the Wrights at Dayton, Ohio and Kitty Hawk, North Carolina. It was Octave Chanute who, at a meeting in December, 1903, of the American Association for the Advancement of Science announced to the world that the Wright Brothers had flown in a heavier than air machine.
The Wright brothers built first successful aircraft in the world, 1903; first practical model 1905. The invention was patented in 1906 and the Wrights sold first military aircraft in world to U.S. Army Signal Corps 1908. Continued producing same basic and outdated type though later, from Model I tractor biplane, aircraft were more conventional. Sold a few aircraft to U.S. Navy 1914.
Became Wright-Martin Aircraft Corporation 1916.
In 1929 Wright Aeronautical Corp and Curtiss Aeroplane and Motor Company combined to form Curtiss-Wright Corp.