Wright brothers' mechanic honored at Ohio museumJuly 22, 2014 @ 6:32 am
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 near Dayton.
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.
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