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The First Aviation Mechanic

Explorer C
We all know how Wilbur and Orville Wright changed our lives with the first flight on December 17, 1903.  What some might not know is that, behind the scenes, was a man who pioneered Safety and Aviation Maintenance, Charles E. Taylor.  Mr. Taylor took the vision of flight and turned it into a reality of professionalism that soars beyond just transportation from point A to point B.    May 24 recognizes a very special day as its Charles E. Taylor's birthday.  Our proud Aircraft Maintenance Technicians at Southwest Airlines join others around the world as we celebrate May 24 as National Aviation Maintenance Technician Day.   The next time you're at one of our airports, take some time to look around at all of the support functions.  Somewhere behind all that activity, you might see one of our Aircraft Maintenance Technicians.  By design, they're behind the scenes; by design, their actions speak volumes for our unprecedented Safety standards.   Happy Birthday, Mr. Taylor! You make us all proud to recognize May 24 as Aviation Maintenance Technician Day.
Adventurer C
Jim, Thank you for remembering the AMT's on this day and what Charles E. Taylor did for aviation as a whole, May 24th should not be forgotten. Being a licensed AMT yourself, you can also appreciate what we as Mechanics do to keep aircraft safe, although you no longer turn wrenches, it's nice to know that we have you as a Leader of our Maintenance & Engineering Department, you know what we face from day to day. Gordon Guillory "G"
Explorer C
Mr. Sokol: As an AMT for another major airline it is excellent to read SWA recognizing the importance of our skills to this demanding industry. Thank you for taking the time to value us. WM