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Ben T. Epps

  • Birth 20 Feb 1888 Oconee County, Georgia, USA
  • Death 16 Oct 1937 Athens, Clarke County, Georgia, USA
  • Burial Athens, Clarke County, Georgia, USA
  • Memorial ID 5885431

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 a two-cylinder motorcycle engine. 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.

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  • Maintained by: Find A Grave
  • Originally Created by: Ed Saye
  • Added: 24 Oct 2001
  • Find A Grave Memorial 5885431
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Ben T. Epps (20 Feb 1888–16 Oct 1937), Find A Grave Memorial no. 5885431, citing Oconee Hill Cemetery, Athens, Clarke County, Georgia, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave .