Steven F. Udvar - Hazy Center Pg.3

On behalf of the Aircraft Maintenance Technicians Association and our Members I am happy to post the following pictures from the Friday August 11th, 2006 event when the AMTA donated a bronze bust of Charles E. Taylor to the Smithsonian National Air & Space Museum's Steven F. Udvar - Hazy Center. Charles E. Taylor was the first Aircraft Mechanic and he created a proud, skilled craft. More than 100 years have passed since his achievements with an incredible advancement in both engine and airframe design and technology. What will the next 100 years bring? All I can suggest is look at the Space Shuttle behind me in the above photo. Think of all the men and women who have maintained aircraft since 1903 up until today. For each aircraft designed and flown there have been the "Faces Behind Safety", the AMT, at their sides. I know that the AMT will continue to be there in the future... providing the knowledge, skill & integrity needed for aviation's next chapter of safe, airworthy aircraft... and spaceships!

Kenneth MacTiernan, Director AMTA


The photos below were taken at the Smithsonian National Air & Space Museum inside the Wright Exhibit.

The 1903 Wright Flyer

The 1903 Wright Flyer

Charles E. Taylor's Tool Box

Peter Unitt, Richard Dilbeck & Howard Dufour

A Man & His Tools