DAYTON, Ohio (AP) -- The
man who built the engine for Orville and Wilbur Wright's first powered
aircraft has finally gotten his due.
It was Charles Taylor -- a mechanic in the brothers' Dayton bicycle
shop -- who built the engine for the airplane that first took flight at
Kitty Hawk, North Carolina, on Dec. 17, 1903.
On Monday, a bronze bust of Taylor was unveiled at the National
Museum of the United States Air Force at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base
The self-taught mechanic hand-built the first airplane engine after a
slew of automakers rejected the brothers' request to build one.
The Dayton Daily News (http://bit.ly/1nQ3u03) reports that the San
Diego-based Aircraft Maintenance Technicians Association raised $6,000
to have the bronze bust displayed at the museum.