Ben Epps historical marker

Collection:
Georgia Historical Markers
Title:
Ben Epps historical marker
Creator:
Seibert, David
Date of Original:
1996/2014
Subject:
Historical markers--Georgia--Clarke County
Aeronautics--History
Location:
United States, Georgia, Clarke County, Athens, 33.96095, -83.37794
Medium:
photographs
Type:
StillImage
Format:
image/jpeg
Description:
Location: Located in front of the Athens Airport terminal, Athens
Text of marker: "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"
Metadata URL:
https://dlg.usg.edu/record/dlg_ghm_ben-epps
Digital Object URL:
http://dlg.galileo.usg.edu/do:dlg_ghm_ben-epps
Rights Holder:
Please contact markers@davidseibert.com about commercial reproduction and use
Holding Institution:
Digital Library of Georgia
Rights:

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