Charlie Taylor & The Wright Brothers

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Charlie Taylor, Wright Brothers Employee

Charlie Taylor, Wright Brothers Employee


Hello, my name is Charlie Taylor. Take a moment to read what Will and Orv accomplished with my help in 1903. I’ll guarantee it is a fun read:

Charles E. Taylor as told to Robert S. Ball

This story was originally published in Collier’s magazine December 25, 1948 and is reprinted here with the permission of the Charles E. Taylor family. Taylor and Ball wrote this story in 1948.

It was a hot June night in Dayton. It must have been a Saturday because I was at the Wright Cycle Company gassing with Wilbur and Orville. They used to stay open Saturday nights to take care of the folks who worked all week and couldn’t get around any other time. Read more

The Boeing P-26 Peashooter

Boeing P-26 Peashooter

Boeing P-26 Peashooter

The Boeing P-26 Peashooter was the first American all-metal production fighter aircraft and the first pursuit monoplane used by the United States Army Air Corps.[N 1] Designed and built by Boeing; the prototype first flew in 1932, and the type was still in use with the U.S. Army Air Corps as late as 1941 in the Philippines.

The Boeing P-26 was a tricky airplane to land because of the short nose and powerful engine which made the aircraft want to flip nose over tail. This resulted in injury to a number of pilots, and so Boeing installed an armored headrest on the airplane to protect the pilots in the event they flipped the aircraft over on landing. Read more

Flying Legends Warbirds

Spitfire Aircraft In Flight

Spitfire Aircraft In Flight

If you like airplanes then you probably love the Supermarine Spitfire!

Anyone who has ever thought about World War II and the Battle of Britain surely knows about the legendary Spitfire and the men who flew them. As a pilot I have always loved the sound of those Rolls-Royce Merlin engines with their distinct sound.

Whenever I get the chance I go to an airshow, more to see and hear those legendary aircraft from World War II than the whine of jet engines in the current military aircraft. Read more