Who Were Wilbur and Orville?
1899 1900 1901 1902 1903 1904 1905
1903
Propulsion System
Propulsion System
The last obstacle to powered flight was the propulsion system. The term propulsion system is important. Wilbur and Orville recognized that developing an effective propeller, and an efficient transmission linkage to the power plant, was just as crucial as building a suitable engine.
Charlie Taylor's Tools
Charlie Taylor's tools
 
Seeking a power plant for their airplane, the Wrights contacted many of the dozens of firms that by then were manufacturing gasoline engines. Ten responded, but none could meet power and weight requirements the Wrights specified, or could do so at a reasonable price. Undeterred, the brothers decided to build their own.
Go to Engine >>
Charlie Taylor's Tools
Charlie Taylor's tools
Whether he used any of these to make the Wright engine is not known, but he did own them at the time he worked on it.