Who Flew The First Plane In Alabama...Quick?
Orville and Wilbur Wright are generally credited with first in flight at Kitty Hawk North Caroline in 1903. However, my question is, "Who flew the first airplane in Alabama"? And the answer to that comes Quick...William Lafayette Quick and his sons that is. William Lafayette Quick in 1900 began construction of the first airplane to be flown in Alabama. At the family property in New Market Alabama Quick built his airplane from timber grown on his property and processed at his sawmill. The metal hardware was also forged in his blacksmith shop.
Quick's airplane is a single wing design with an upright seat for the pilot and three wheel landing gear. Having to wait 8 years for the engine Quick's plane didn't successfully fly until 1908 in New Market, Alabama nearly 5 years after the Wrights.
Currently William Lafayette Quick's airplane is on display at The US Space and Rocket Center in The Davidson Center For Space Exploration. If you visit Huntsville Alabama...make plans to spend an hour or the day touring The US Space and Rocket Center. Below are photos of the Quick airplane.
Sorry about the background clutter, but it was tough to get a good shot of the airplane.
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