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DAYTON, OH (AP) -- The man who built the engine for Orville and Wilbur Wright's first powered aircraft has finally gotten his due. It was Charles Taylor - a mechanic in the brothers' Dayton bicycle shop - who built the engine for the airplane that first took flight at Kitty Hawk, North Carolina, on Dec. 17, 1903. On Monday, a bronze bust of Taylor was unveiled at the National Museum of the United States Air Force at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base near Dayton. The self-taught mechanic hand-built the first airplane engine after a slew of automakers rejected the brothers' request to build one. The Dayton Daily News reports that the San Diego-based Aircraft Maintenance Technicians Association raised $6,000 to have the bronze bust displayed at the museum. (Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

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