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“Charles E. Taylor – The World’s First Aircraft Mechanic” – Lecture by Peter Unitt

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Time: Saturday, August 14, 2010 - 2:00pm - 3:00pm

Event Type: Public Program

Location: William M. Allen Theater

This insightful program by author Peter Unitt looks at the man who put the power into the Wright Brothers first powered flight—Charlie Taylor. Taylor was a skilled machinist who helped the Wrights run their bicycle shop at the Wright Cycle Company in Dayton, Ohio. After failing to find an adequate manufacturer for the motor for their first powered aircraft, the Wrights called on Taylor to assist in designing and building an engine. He made the 12-horsepower engine in six weeks. Taylor stayed with the Wrights for years devising bigger and better engines.

Afterward, Unitt will sign copies of his book, "An American Original - Charlie Taylor."

Program is free with Museum Admission