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.
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|Series||This marker is part of the Georgia: Georgia Historical Society/Commission series|
|Placed By||Georgia Department of Natural Resources|
|Marker Condition||No reports yet|
|Date Added||Tuesday, September 23rd, 2014 at 10:53pm PDT -07:00|
|UTM (WGS84 Datum)||17S E 285257 N 3759250|
|Decimal Degrees||33.95185000, -83.32381667|
|Degrees and Decimal Minutes||N 33° 57.111', W 83° 19.429'|
|Degrees, Minutes and Seconds||33° 57' 6.66" N, 83° 19' 25.74" W|
|Driving Directions||Google Maps|
|Closest Postal Address||At or near 990 Ben Epps Dr, Athens GA 30605, US|
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