TRENTON – The Senate today approved a resolution, SJR-15, sponsored by Senator Nicholas J. Sacco, to celebrate May 24th as “Aviation Maintenance Technician Day” to honor the industry first made famous by Charles Edward Taylor who worked with the Wright brothers during the first sustained powered flight at Kitty Hawk, N.C. in 1903.
Taylor, a native of Illinois, was inducted into the National Aviation Hall of Fame in 1965 as the world’s first aviation mechanic following a career in which he helped Orville and Wilbur Wright build the world’s first airplane engine
The resolution represents New Jersey’s response to an effort by the Federal Aviation Administration to recognize the importance of aviation maintenance technicians with a special day. The date of May 24 was selected because it is the birthday of Charles Edward Taylor, Senator Sacco said.
Taylor later went on to work on test flights for the United States government and served as lead mechanic for the first transcontinental flight in 1911.
The Senate passed the resolution 37-0 and sent it to the Assembly.