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Ben T. Epps
Birth: Feb. 20, 1888
Death: Oct. 16, 1937, USA

Aviation Pioneer. A native of Oconee County, Georgia, this mechanic became a self-taught aviator, aircraft designer and airplane builder. Known as “Georgia’s first aviator” he built the Epps Monoplane in 1907, followed by five new designs. The 1924 model of his Epps Monoplane weighed less than four hundred pounds, had a twenty-five feet wingspan and was powered by two motorcycle engines. It got twenty-five miles to the gallon and traveled at speeds of up to sixty miles per hour. In 1917 he opened an airport and operated an airplane service. He died of injuries received when the engine in one of his light bi-planes failed shortly after take off. All six of his sons and two of his three daughters followed in his footsteps by becoming pilots. The Athens/Ben Epps Airport in Athens, Georgia, is named in his honor. (bio by: Bigwoo) 
 
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 Spouse:
  Omie Williams Epps (1894 - 1965)*
 
 Children:
  Evelyn Epps Galt (1914 - 2000)*
  Benjamin Thomas Epps (1916 - 2001)*
  James Harry Epps (1920 - 1979)*
  William Douglas Epps (1929 - 1990)*
  John Edward Epps (1931 - 1932)*
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Burial:
Oconee Hill Cemetery
Athens
Clarke County
Georgia, USA
 
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Originally Created by: Ed Saye
Record added: Oct 24, 2001
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Ben T. Epps
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