National History Day Georgia Theme Topic Explorer
Who was Ben Epps?
Ben Epps was an engineer and mechanic with a love of flight. In 1907, at nineteen years old, Epps built and flew his first plane, inspired by the success of the Wright brothers. Epps engineered a single-seat airplane in 1925 and even taught his children to fly—his son would become the youngest person, at age thirteen, to fly solo.
Continue reading about Ben Epps in the New Georgia Encyclopedia.
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Primary sources related to this historical topic are available from the Georgia Historic Newspapers Archive, which has more than a million Georgia newspaper pages between 1786 and 1986.