Octave Chanute to Wilbur Wright

Chicago, November 29, 1900

I have your letter of 26th, and enclose two pages of my article (which please return with corrections) covering all that I have said about my own experiments, and what I have just added about yours. You can be alluded to by name, or as manufacturers, as preferred. The detailed accounts to be published by yourselves.

I make out that you have diminished the head resistance by 2/3 instead of by 1/3 as I indicated in the German article of April 1899 (page 41) which I sent you. I figure out the equivalent area to be:

For man 1 sq. ft. instead of 5 sq. ft. in my double-decker
For framing 2.25 sq. ft. instead of 4.02 sq. ft. in my double-decker
Making 3.25 sq. ft. total 9.02 sq. ft. in my double-decker
___2 lbs. per sq. ft. ___2 lbs. per sq. ft.
Resistance 6.50 pounds 18.04 pounds

This is a magnificent showing, provided that you do not plow the ground with your noses.

Wilbur's response, December 1, 1900