Posted By RichC on June 4, 2006
Terry Hessler of Hessler Machine Tool gave an interesting lecture and then demonstrated his detail study and reproduction of an early Wright Brothers aircraft engine. His endeavor was covered on a History Channel TV special and DVD detailing the Wright Brother’s technology and first flight. We learned not only that Charles Taylor, the builder of the original engine, was an exceptional inventor … but that he was able to do a considerable amount on a very small budget.
(note above is an illustration not by Hessler but by John Batchelor for a Popular Mechanics article on the Charles “Charlie” Taylor 1903 engine)
The highlight was of course a bunch of airplane nuts from EAA Chapter 284 gathered around to watch this hand built engine come to life. One could only imagine what it must have been like laying on a wing … or perhaps a few could do more than imagine? (see Wright-Brothers.org) Today not many of us would think of flying with such a persnicky contraption, but marvel in what it took to have this vision. Thank Terry for giving us a peek and for your excellent presentation.
Iâ€™ll included the Huffman Prarrie flight narrated by Tim Gaffney of the Dayton Daily News below.