Lt. Col. James M. Smith of the Indiana Wing can claim a distinction shared by only 1% of pilots in the U.S. – he’s a recipient of two prestigious Federal Aviation Administration honors, the Wright Brothers Master Pilot Award and Charles Taylor Master Mechanic Award. Read more here.
The Charles Taylor Master Mechanic Award is named in honor of Mr. Charles Taylor, the first aviation mechanic in powered flight. The Charles Taylor "Master Mechanic" Award recognizes the lifetime accomplishments of senior mechanics. Mr. Taylor served as the Wright brothers' mechanic and is credited with designing and building the engine for their first successful aircraft.