Georgia's Pioneer Aviators

Based on his book, To Lasso the Clouds, The Beginning of Aviation in Georgia, Dan Aldridge will discuss the fascinating story of two youthful aviators from Athens, Georgia — Ben Epps, age 21, and Zumpt Huff, age 19.
Georgia's Pioneer Aviators
Wednesday, July 12th | 10:00 am
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Center For Life Enrichment

Based on his book, To Lasso the Clouds, The Beginning of Aviation in Georgia, Dan Aldridge will discuss the fascinating story of two youthful aviators from Athens, Georgia — Ben Epps, age 21, and Zumpt Huff, age 19. Described by one newspaper as a “second pair of Wright brothers,” these early pioneers of flight accomplished the feat of designing, building and flying the first monoplane ever launched in the United States. Remarkably, they did so with no

formal training in aerodynamics and no outside help from experts. More remarkably, they financed the venture with their own meager incomes. Aldridge corrects a number of errors that have persisted for more than one hundred years about the history of that flight.

Presenter: Dan Aldridge is a graduate of Georgia Law School. He practiced law in Athens for many years before turning to a career in writing. He now lives in Winterville, Georgia. Aldridge won the Georgia Historical Records Advisory Council’s 2016 Excellence in Documenting Georgia’s History Award.

Cost: $25/$35

Coordinator: Al Pearson


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