Hanriot’s 1911 Monoplane – French Aviation Engines: Anytime an interesting photo of an old engine of most any type comes across our desk and since this is The Old Motor, we are apt to post an image of it. At the start of a series of posts covering early aircraft engines we are featuring this 1911 Hanriot Militaire Triplace Type VIII that is equipped with a Clerget engine. Below is is a 1909 Fiat 50 HP OHV V-8 air-cooled aircraft engine that ranks as one of the most interesting and attractive engines we have ever seen.
You can see and learn much more about both @ http://theoldmotor.com/?p=111241
A much later model Wright engine... more modern! I think it is a model C:
Both engines are water cooled.
If I recall the story correctly, when Henry Ford wanted a replica 1903 Wright Flyer for his museum, he set about looking for the guy who made the engine for the original one. Apparently the Wrights didn't personally make their own engine, but instead commissioned their employee Charlie Taylor to produce it. Ford tracked down Taylor. He worked at a small machine shop and was the tool crib attendant. None of his coworkers had the slightest inkling that Taylor had made the airplane engine used in the first successful heavier than air aircraft. I guess it just never came up! Anyway, Ford hired Taylor to make the replica engine for Henry Ford Museum's replica flyer.
We met Charlie's great grandson at the Ford Centennial in 2003. You could "pilot" the Wright flyer mockup yourself. We got a poster from him about his grandfather's achievement.