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NO. R-170.  Joint resolution recognizing Charles Edward Taylor’s significant contributions to the advancement of aviation mechanics and designating May 24 as Aviation Maintenance Technician Day.

(J.R.S. 37)

By Senators Campbell and Bartlett,

Whereas, Charles Taylor was born on May 24, 1869, in the state of Illinois, and

Whereas, in 1902, he began working as a machinist for Orville and Wilbur Wright at the Wright Cycle Company in Dayton, Ohio, and

Whereas, within six weeks, Charles Taylor, using only a lathe and drill press, built the first engine used to power the Wright Flyer, and

Whereas, his ingenuity earned him a place in aviation history when the Wright Brothers flew their airplane successfully on December 17, 1903, and

Whereas, he designed engines for the Wright Brothers and later taught them how to build aircraft engines, and

Whereas, in 1908, Charles Taylor accompanied Orville Wright to Fort Meyer, Virginia, for United States government airplane test flights, and, in 1909, he accompanied Wilbur Wright to New York for the Hudson–Fulton flights, and

Whereas, Charles Taylor served as lead mechanic for Calbraith Rodgers who made his first transcontinental flight in 1911, and

Whereas, he had a successful career in aviation maintenance for more than 60 years until his death in 1956, and

Whereas, the Federal Aviation Administration honored him with the establishment of the Charles Edward Taylor Master Mechanic Award, which recognizes persons with 50 years or more of aviation maintenance experience, and

Whereas, a national effort is underway to designate May 24 each year, in as many states as possible, as Aviation Maintenance Technician Day, in honor of Charles Edward Taylor, now therefore be it

Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives:

That the General Assembly recognizes Charles Taylor’s significant contributions to the advancement of aviation mechanics, and be it further

Resolved:  That the General Assembly urges Vermonters to participate in commemorative activities marking the 103rd anniversary of the Wright Brothers’ first airplane flight, and be it further

Resolved:  That the Secretary of State be directed to send two copies of this resolution to the Aviation Maintenance Technicians Association in Chula Vista, California.

Published by:

The Vermont General Assembly
115 State Street
Montpelier, Vermont