The Charles Taylor “Master Mechanic” Award recognizes the lifetime accomplishment of senior mechanics. Southwest recipient Larry Horton worked for a period of at least 50 years in an aviation maintenance career, with 30 of those years as a mechanic. 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.