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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.

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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.


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of the Josephine Schwarz Collection held in the Libraries' Special Collections and Archives, featuring many previously unpublished photographs by Dayton photographer Jane Reece and a foreword by Dayton Daily News arts critic Terry Morris. 6" x 9", 52 pages.


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.


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.



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


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