Sports and Outdoors

Monday, February 11, 2013

Early Flight in the Dunes program at Indiana Dunes State Park, Feb. 23

From the Indiana Department of Natural Resources:

Aviation pioneer Octave Chanute, who launched experimental gliders from Indiana’s Lake Michigan sand dunes, will be the topic of a program at Indiana Dunes State Park on Saturday, Feb. 23.

Early Flight in the Dunes starts at 2 p.m. CST at the nature center and will be presented by aviation researcher and historian Simine Short. Short will talk about Chanute’s early attempts at flight and offer insights into his personal and professional life.

Chanute was a French-born engineer who lived in Chicago. He encouraged other experimenters, including the Wright brothers.

The program is free after the standard entrance fee of $5 for in-state vehicles or $10 for out-of-state vehicles. For more information call the Indiana Dunes State Park Nature Center at (219) 926-1390.

Indiana Dunes State Park is at 1600 North 25 E. Chesterton, 46304.

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