from 'Air Line Pilot'
April 2000, page 22
By Charles E. Taylor as told to Robert S. Ball
When Orville Wright died Jan. 30, 1948, Charles E. Taylor became the
only surviving member of the three who built the first airplane.
Charlie Taylor was the only employee and intimate associate of
Wilbur and Orville Wright throughout the critical years. Without
precedent or fanfare, Taylor built the engines for the Wright's
first planes to their designs.
This article, written in 1948 while Taylor was living in retirement
in California, was first published in Collier's, Dec. 25, 1948, and
was reprinted in Air Line Pilot, December 1978. Taylor died Jan. 30,
1956, at the age of 88.