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Ben T. Epps (February 20, 1888 – October 16, 1937), known as “Georgia’s First Aviator” was an American aviation pioneer. In 1907, he built a monoplane of his own design, now known as the Epps 1907 Monoplane. This was followed by other original monoplane and biplane designs in 1909, 1910, 1911, 1912, 1916, 1924 and 1930. He died of injuries as a result of an airplane crash. The Athens-Ben Epps Airport is named in his honor.
Flight 102, Ben T. Epps (Atlanta, Georgia), was chartered on January 22, 2003. Our flight currently meets on the third Tuesday of every even month. Unless posted otherwise, our meetings take place at the American Legion Post 160, 160 Legion Drive, Smyrna, GA 30080. Our membership includes Daedalians from all about the Atlanta Metro area.
George Buchkowski, 79, passed away on October 18, 2019 after a long battle with cancer. A Funeral Mass will be held on October 30, 10:30 am at Transfiguration Catholic Church in Marietta with a reception following in Bishop Hall. Interment will be held at Georgia National Cemetery on November 1 at 2 pm. George is survived by his loving wife, Jeni and brother Andy Buchkowski (Jan). George served as a fighter pilot in the Air Force during the Vietnam War, where he was promoted to Captain. He was the recipient of many awards including the Air Medal, Air Force Commendation Medal, Distinguished Flying Cross, National Defense Service Medal, Vietnam Service Medal as well as many others. Following his distinguished military service, George was a Captain for Delta for 30 years and as a pilot flew internationally. His hobbies including Rv-ing, woodworking and helping others. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Leukemia Lymphoma Society or Lingap Children’s Foundation.