Spreading the Word
Until the Chicago conference in 1893, many people in the public felt that those talking about aviation were ‘cranks’. Scientists like Langley from the Smithsonian and Chanute, an engineer legitimized the field of aviation and helped to shift popular opinion. Naturally, there were still skeptics who said, “ if God wanted me to fly, he would have given me wings!”
The media helped spread the word about aviation through articles such as "How it feels to fly". Other organizations, such as the Western Society of Engineers also contributed to the popularization of aviation. It was WSE members who actually went along with Chanute to try this new sport.
There was a certain excitement in the air! And happy experimenters surely spread the word...