“The Wright Brothers were such geniuses, they just knew how to build stuff. You know, not only did they practice with their gliders, they understood aerodynamics to build the first airplane, they carved their own propellers for maximum efficiency, and they built their own aircraft engine with Charlie Taylor.”
- Michael Speciale, Former NEAM Executive Director
The New England Air Museum is home to a large collection of historic aircraft engines. Among these is the Wright Brothers Engine #17. Built c. 1910, the engine is believed to be the oldest of the Wright aero engines still in running condition. After nearly two years of restoration, museum volunteers Brian and Stuart Bailey ran the engine on December 17, 2003 to commemorate the 100th anniversary of powered flight.
Former Executive Director Michael Speciale reflects on the Wright Engine anniversary event.