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Charles Taylor

Charles E. Taylor: 1868-1956, The Wright Brothers Mechanician

By Howard R. DuFour and Peter J. Unitt

This biography details the life of the unsung hero who built the engine powering the Wright brothers' successful 1903 Flyer. His lifetime spanned the advent of 2,800 horsepower radials, rocket and jet engines, two World Wars, and supersonic flight. The new third printing of Charles E. Taylor: The Wright Brothers Mechanician, released in 2009, features the Wright's 1903 engine embossed on a burgundy cover and a new prologue detailing the efforts of the Aircraft Maintenance Technicians Association (AMTA) to promote and recognize the contributions of aircraft maintenance technicians around the world. Also, a new dedication by the Wright State University Libraries recognizes the man who made it possible, the author, Howard DuFour. 8-3/4" x 11-1/4" x 3/4", 195 pages.

Copies are available and can be purchased from Lulu: Hardcover | Paperback

Wright Brothers Collection

The Wright Brothers Collection: A Guide to the Papers of Wilbur and Orville Wright and Related Collections at Wright State University

The Wright Brothers Collection housed in the Libraries' Special Collections and Archives is one of the most complete collections of Wright material in the world and includes: the Wrights' technical and personal library; family papers such as letters, diaries, financial records, and genealogical files; documents detailing the brothers' work; and thousands of photographs documenting their invention and the lives of the Wright family. This volume offers a complete guide listing the Wright Family papers housed at Wright State University. 9" x 11-1/4" x 1", 308 pages.

$25.00

Josephine Schwarz Papers

Josephine Schwarz Papers: Ballet in Dayton

An inventory listing of the Josephine Schwarz Collection held in the Libraries' Special Collections and Archives, featuring many previously unpublished photographs by Dayton photographer Jane Reece and a foreword by Dayton Daily News arts critic Terry Morris. 6" x 9", 52 pages.

$15.00

A Dream Fulfilled

A Dream Fulfilled: The Replica of the 1903 Wright Flyer at Wright State University

By Peter Unitt

Learn about the details, engineering, and personalities involved in building an exact, full-scale replica of the 1903 Wright Flyer constructed over a two-year period and now displayed in Wright State University's Paul Laurence Dunbar Library. 6" x 9", 48 pages.

$7.50

Bishop Diaries

Bishop Milton Diaries: 1857-1917

Edited by Dawne Dewey

Sixty years of daily and often extraordinary American life are recorded from the diaries of Bishop Milton Wright, the father of the famous aviation pioneers and a Bishop in the United Brethren Church. His entries provide an essential resource for studying the history of Wilbur and Orville's careers, the United Brethren Church, and American life during its evolution from mostly agrarian to industrial society. 7-3/4" x 10-3/8" x 2", 852 pages.

$29.95

1911 Wright Image, Signed

1911 Wright Image, Signed

From the Wright Brothers Collection - reproduction printed onto 8'" x 10" acid-free, 100% cotton durable archival paper showing two spectators on October 26, 1911, watching Orville Wright glide from Big Kill Devil Hill. From October 16 to October 26, Orville made 90 glides and on October 24 established a new world soaring record of 9 minutes, 45 seconds in a 50 mph wind. The record stood for 10 years. Signed by Amanda Wright Lane and Stephen Wright, great-grandniece and great-grandnephew of Orville and Wilbur Wright.

$50.00

 

French Aviation Notecards

Aviation pioneers were among the most famous celebrities of their day. Relive the exploits of eight international pioneers through notecards of 1909 French aviation postcard images from our Charles Lewis Collection. Printed in Lille, France, the images concentrate on French aeronauts (Henri Farman, Louis Blériot, Gabriel Voisin, Captain Marchal, Hubert Latham) along with Brazilian Alberto Santos-Dumont, and Americans Wilbur Wright and Glenn Curtiss. Boxed set of eight 4 58" x 6 14" cards.

French Aviation Cards

$20.00

French Lithograph

French Lithograph 18"x24"

Reproduction of an original lithograph printed in 1909 to promote one of the first great air meets in Rheims, France. This print is one of the most colorful items in the Archives' international aviation history collections. Digitally reproduced onto acid-free, 100% cotton durable archival paper. Also available framed.

$125.00

French Lithograph

French Lithograph 18"x24" (Framed)

Reproduction of an original lithograph printed in 1909 to promote one of the first great air meets in Rheims, France. This print is one of the most colorful items in the Archives' international aviation history collections. Digitally reproduced onto acid-free, 100% cotton durable archival paper. The framed print comes in 15/16" matte black wood frame with 2" white matting, padded and shipped directly from the framer. Also available unframed.

$200.00

 

Wright Brothers 1903 "Kitty Hawk" Aeroplane Blueprints

In 1950 a complete set of drawings were made of the Wright 1903 Flyer ("Kitty Hawk") for the Smithsonian Institution's National Air and Space Museum. The drawings, completed February 21, 1950, were made by L. P. Christman of Educational and Musical Arts, Inc., Dayton, Ohio. The drawings include 10 major sections containing a total of 45 drawings. The major sections include: Full Assembly (2 drawings); Wing Surfaces (10 drawings); Engine (11 drawings); Landing Skid (3 drawings); Front Rudder and Outrigger (7 drawings); Rear Rudder and Outrigger (3 drawings); Propellers and Chains (5 drawings); Wing Warping and Rudder Control (3 drawings); Flying Instruments (1 drawing); and Starting Track (1 drawing). The drawings have been scanned and are available as a PDF on CD.

$90.00

 

Wright Brothers 1903 Engine Blueprints

As noted in Charles E. Taylor: 1868-1956, The Wright Brothers Mechanician by Howard R. DuFour and Peter J. Unitt, a complete set of drawings of the Wright 1903 Engine are available for purchase. The drawings are part of a larger set of drawings made of the Wright 1903 Flyer for the Smithsonian Institution's National Air and Space Museum in 1950. The eleven drawings making up the engine drawing set have been scanned and are available as a PDF on CD.

$25.00

 

Wright Collection Notecards

The Archives' Wright Brothers Collection is one of the most complete records of the lives and works of Wilbur and Orville Wright with more than 6,000 photos, documents, letters, diaries, and books. Six photos representing this collection are included in an exclusive notecard set plus one bonus holiday print. Boxed set of seven 4 58" x 6 14" cards.

Wright Brothers Cards

$15.00

Wright Flyer Bookmark

Wright Flyer Brass Bookmark

Our exclusive bookmark depicting the Wright Brothers Flyer over LeMans, France, in 1909, is a special memento commemorating the earliest years of flight. The bookmark is a convenient size to secure your page and comes packaged on a printed card explaining the origin of the LeMans flight. 1 78" x 1 18".

$6.50

 

American Eagles Heirloom Edition

A comprehensive review of the United States Air Force and its origins. This Heirloom edition is leather-bound and contains 40 original signatures of men and women whose histories are recounted in the book along with more than 500 illustrations including historical photographs, aviation art, and color photographs featuring the collection at the National Museum of the United States Air Force in Dayton, Ohio. Co-written by Air Vice-Marshal Ron Dick, RAF (Ret.) and WSU alumni Dan Patterson, with Patterson's photography (donating 50% of book sale to the Archives). 9 14" x 12 14" x 2 12", 464 pages, 5 lbs.

American Eagles Heirloom Edition

$500.00

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