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Georgia's Pioneer Aviator - Ben T. Epps
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member ChapterhouseInc
N 33° 57.111 W 083° 19.429
17S E 285257 N 3759250
Quick Description: Taken up during remodeling the front entryway (post 2001 standards). Woman at Car Rental, 20 years there, called around, but it was not to be found.
Location: Georgia, United States
Date Posted: 11/2/2005 5:15:53 PM
Waymark Code: WM39J
Published By: Groundspeak Charter Member snake1411
Views: 31

Long Description:

Georgia's Pioneer Aviator Ben T. Epps 1888-1937 GHM 029-16, Traffic Circle in front of the terminal at Athens-Clarke County Airport [33°57.111N, 83°19.429W]

GEORGIA'S PIONEER AVIATOR

BEN T. EPPS

1888 - 1937

Ben T. Epps -- Georgia's First in Flight -- designed, built and in 1907 flew the first airplane in the State of Georgia. He was born in Oconee County, educated in Clarke County, and attended Georgia Tech. A self-taught aviator, aircraft designer, and builder, Epps built the 1907 Monoplane in his shop on Washington Street in Athens and designed and flew new airplanes in 1909, 1911, 1916, 1924, and 1930.

The 1924 Epps Monoplane weighed only 350 pounds, had a wingspan of 25 feet, and was powered by a two-cylinder motorcycle engine. Designed for the average man, easy to fly, and inexpensive to operate, it would get 25 miles per gallon at 60 miles per hour.

Epps began operation of an airport at this location in 1917, and operated a flying service for the next 20 years. In 1937, he died of injuries here after engine failure and the crash of his light biplane on take-off.

029-16 GEORGIA HISTORIC MARKER 1987

courtesy of http://www.cviog.uga.edu/Projects/gainfo/gahistmarkers/eppshistmarker.htm

Type of Marker: Other

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