The National Museum of the U.S. Air Force on July 21 honored Charles Taylor as the first aviation mechanic by unveiling a bronze bust of his likeness for permanent display in the museum’s Early Years Gallery.
Hired by the Wright brothers in 1896, Taylor was a gifted mechanic who worked from the Wright brothers’ sketches and instructions to design and build the novel aluminum-block engine for the first Wright Flyer.
The Aircraft Maintenance Technicians Association (AMTA), a non-profit organization created in 2002 to promote Taylor for his contributions to aviation, commissioned Dayton artist Virginia Hess to create the bust for the museum.
AMTA Founder Ken MacTiernan unveiled the bust in a ceremony with Taylor’s grandson Reuben and great-grandson Charles II.
Please read the museum’s news release for more information.