To honor the 60th anniversary of the National Business Aviation Association, a commemorative flight took place on Saturday, September 22, from New York, the show’s first site, to Atlanta, the home of this year’s event.
The aircraft–a new Citation Mustang provided by Cessna to honor that company’s 80th anniversary–carried NBAA president and CEO Ed Bolen and Jamail Larkins, a Georgia resident who received his pilot’s license in Canada at age 14.
Also on board, to commemorate yet another anniversary, was Pat Epps, a leading figure in the George aviation community and the youngest son of Georgia’s first aviator, Ben T. Epps.
It was 100 years ago that Ben Epps, a bicycle mechanic and electrician, built and flew the state’s first powered aircraft in an open field in Athens, Ga.
A replica of Epps’ monoplane, built by fellow Athens resident Harry Lowery, is being displayed during the NBAA Convention and then will be moved to Hartsfield Jackson Atlanta International Airport.