Aviation Past helps push Today’s Mechanics and Pilots to higher Aviation Safety

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Aviation has a rich history which both reminds us of our roots and inspires us to continue to achieve as our predecessors have done. The two below articles should cause us to look backwards and elevate forwards.

The above↑ left is a picture of the bust of Charles E. Taylor, the man who holds the legitimate title of the first aviation mechanic. He worked with the Wright Brothers and his contribution to the 1903 Flyer. Their specifications required that it generate 8 horsepower and his provided 12. He supported the Wright Brothers in the test flights at Ft. Myers and eventually their Dayton factory. Perhaps his greatest mechanic test was the 1911 transcontinental flights of Calbraith Perry Rodgers in which innumerable crashes and major repairs tested Mr. Taylor’s skills.

Aircraft Maintenance Technicians Association (AMTA) thought it appropriate to commission the sculpture of Taylor’s bust and the establishment of an annual award in his name. This historical reference sets a standard for all AMTs in their daily safety critical work.

The second photograph, above↑ on the right shows Amelia Rose Earhart, named after, but unrelated to the original aviatrix whose failed attempted to circumnavigate the globe made her an historical figure. The below ↓article relates the details of the contemporary Earhart’s successful flight. Her triumph should serve to inspire young pilots of both genders to master all of the skills which facilitated her journey. The old heroine was a catalyst for the 2014 version and in turn the publicity should attract new talent to aviation.

History feeds the future.

ARTICLE: First aviation mechanic display added to the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force

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