Ben T. Epps

Ben T. Epps (HM7KX)

Location: Athens, GA 30605 Clarke County
Country: United States of America

N 33° 57.111', W 83° 19.429'

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Georgia's Pioneer Aviator

— 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.
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HM NumberHM7KX
Series This marker is part of the Georgia: Georgia Historical Society/Commission series
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Marker Number029-16
Year Placed1987
Placed ByGeorgia Department of Natural Resources
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Tuesday, September 23rd, 2014 at 10:53pm PDT -07:00
Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)17S E 285257 N 3759250
Decimal Degrees33.95185000, -83.32381667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 33° 57.111', W 83° 19.429'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds33° 57' 6.66" N, 83° 19' 25.74" W
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Area Code(s)706
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 990 Ben Epps Dr, Athens GA 30605, US
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