First Flight in Georgia

First Flight in Georgia (HM7KY)

Location: Athens, GA 30601 Clarke County
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N 33° 57.533', W 83° 22.617'

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Site of Ben Epps' Garage

Georgia's pioneer aviator, Benjamin Thomas Epps, was born in Oconee County in 1888. He opened Athens' first automobile repair garage at this location on East Washington Street in 1907. That same year, nineteen-year-old Epps designed and built his first airplane here - a monoplane with an upright buggy seat, bicycle wheels, and a 35-foot wingspan powered by a fifteen-horsepower French Anzani engine. Its successful flight earned him recognition as the father of Georgia aviation. Epps tested his aircraft and operated a flying service at what is now Athens-Ben Epps Airport. He died of injuries suffered in a plane crash in 1937 at the age of forty-nine.
HM NumberHM7KY
Series This marker is part of the Georgia: Georgia Historical Society/Commission series
Marker Number29-5
Year Placed2007
Placed ByGeorgia Historical Society, Athens-Clarke County Government Aviation Hall of Fame, and the Epps Cousins Club
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Monday, September 15th, 2014 at 5:41pm PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)17S E 280364 N 3760142
Decimal Degrees33.95888333, -83.37695000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 33° 57.533', W 83° 22.617'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds33° 57' 31.98" N, 83° 22' 37.02" W
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Area Code(s)706
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 120 E Washington St, Athens GA 30601, US
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