Charles E. Taylor Bust Donation

My name is Ken MacTiernan and I am the Director for the Aircraft Maintenance Technicians Association (AMTA), a non-profit 501(c)6 organization that was created to promote and educate the public about Charles E. Taylor, the Wright brother's mechanic.

"Charlie" built the first engines for the Wright Flyer which enabled the Orville and Wilbut Wright to achieve powered, controlled flight. Although the Wright brothers always gave credit for Charlie's contributions to aviation history sadly has forgoten. The AMTA  is trying to have Charles E. Taylor's place in aviation's history remembered by donating bronze busts of Charles E. Taylor to museums and organizations. All of the busts the AMTA donates are created by the very talented artist Virginia Hess. The AMTA is raising money for the next bust donation. Each bust costs $6000.00 USD. Each donation made will be placed directly towards this cost. Our Facebook page, "Friends of Charles E. Taylor", will have updates as to our progress as well as e-mail updates to AMTA Members. Names of donors, (if the donor desire and the museum receiving the busts permits), will have their name placed on a plaque showing their support. The AMTA will also post the names of supporters on our Facebook page. Each donor will also receive a signed Thank You notification for their donation.

Donation of busts of Charles E. Taylor have been placed in the United States Air Force Academy, National Museum of the USAF, the Smithsonian's Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center, San Diego Air & Space Museum, American Airlines' Tulsa & DFW Maintenance Facilities to name a few sites. Having a bronze bust of Charles E. Taylor allows the public to "see" what Charlie looked like. This enables the public to better remember and recognize his importance to aviation. By creating the first aircraft engines, by hand with nothing more than a simple lathe, drill press and hand tools, Charlie not only enabled the Wright brothers and the United States to conquer the challenges of powered, controlled flight but also all of mankind. Charles E. Taylor created the first aircraft engines and he also created a highly skilled and respected craft which we call Aircraft Maintenance Technicians (AMT).

Bronze bust donations bring recognition to an American almost forgotten by history who is considered aviation's "unsung hero" and the "Father of Aircraft Maintenance". The AMTA would like to raise the needed funds for our next donation scheduled for the United States Army Aviation Museum by the end of November 2016. 

My thanks for  your support can not be expressed enough by simply saying thanks but please know that your generosity will mean the difference in educating people about a man who deserves to be remembered  for his contributions to aviation and the world.


Ken MacTiernan
Director AMTA


Ken MacTiernan
San Diego, CA

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