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New Market in Madison County, Alabama — The American South (East South Central)
 

Site of Quick Airplane

Construction And Flight

 
 
Site of Quick Airplane Marker (Side A) image. Click for full size.
By Tim Carr, June 28, 2010
1. Site of Quick Airplane Marker (Side A)
Inscription. On this site, inventor and early aviation pioneer William Lafayette Quick and his sons designed and built the first airplane to be flown in the State of Alabama. Construction began in 1900. Awaiting an engine, it took nearly eight years to complete. Quick’s “Flying Machine” was among the first monoplanes to be flown in the United States when it went airborne on its first and only flight in April, 1908, in a pasture ½ mile northwest of here, across the Flint River. Restored, it is now on display at the U.S. Space and Rocket Center.

(Reverse):
Quick’s mid-wing monoplane was made of wood harvested on the homeplace and cut in his sawmill and metal forged in his blacksmith shop. The design included an upright pilot position, fuselage-mounted engine, direct-drive propeller, three-wheel landing gear, and steerable tail wheel. On its only flight it sustained damage to its right wing and gear upon landing. Quick learned from this experience and designed an “Improved Flying Machine” which he patented in 1912. It included other unique features such as retractable landing gear, folding wings, ornithopter method of thrust propulsion, wing warp, and pitch control.
 
Erected 2008 by Alabama Historical Association.
 
Location.
Site of Quick Airplane Marker (Side B) image. Click for full size.
By Tim Carr, June 28, 2010
2. Site of Quick Airplane Marker (Side B)
34° 55.044′ N, 86° 30.275′ W. Marker is in New Market, Alabama, in Madison County. Marker is on Wallace Lane (County Highway 100) west of Billy D. Harbin Road, on the right when traveling west. Click for map. Marker located on the right after crossing the Flint River Bridge. Marker is in this post office area: New Market AL 35761, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 10 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. New Market Presbyterian Church (approx. 4.3 miles away); Town of New Market (approx. 4.4 miles away); Buckhorn Tavern (approx. 4.5 miles away); Old Limestone Road Skirmish (approx. 5.8 miles away); Tennessee / Alabama (approx. 6.3 miles away); Site of Bell Factory (approx. 6.6 miles away); William Hooper Councill (approx. 10 miles away); Councill Training School (approx. 10.1 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in New Market.
 
Also see . . .  Will Quick. (Submitted on June 28, 2010, by Timothy Carr of Birmingham, Alabama.)
 
Additional comments.
1. Text of William Lafayette Quick Plaque (Photo 5)
Born 1859, died 1927. Designed and built the first airplane to be flown in the state of Alabama at his home near New Market in 1908. Quick’s “flying machine,” a mid-wing monoplane with an
Site of Quick Airplane Marker (East View) image. Click for full size.
By Tim Carr, June 28, 2010
3. Site of Quick Airplane Marker (East View)
upright pilot position, fuselage-mounted engine, direct drive propeller, 3-wheel landing gear, and steerable tail wheel, was also among the first monoplanes to be flown in the U.S. Quick also designed and patented an “improved flying machine” (submitted February 9, 1912, approved October 21, 1913) with other unique features, such as retractable landing gear, folding wings, ornithopter method of thrust propulsion, wing warp and pitch control. Produced family of early aviationists involved in barnstorming, crop-dusting and Air Mail service. Inducted into Alabama Aviation Hall of Fame 1982.
    — Submitted November 28, 2010.

 
Categories. 20th CenturyAir & Space
 
Site of Quick Airplane Marker (West View) image. Click for full size.
By Tim Carr, June 28, 2010
4. Site of Quick Airplane Marker (West View)
William Lafayette Quick Plaque at Museum of Flight in Birmingham, Al image. Click for full size.
By Sandra Hughes, October 13, 2010
5. William Lafayette Quick Plaque at Museum of Flight in Birmingham, Al
The Quick Airplane image. Click for full size.
By Tim Carr
6. The Quick Airplane
On display at the U.S. Space and Rocket Center, Huntsville, Alabama.
The Quick Airplane image. Click for full size.
By Tim Carr
7. The Quick Airplane
On display at the U.S. Space and Rocket Center, Huntsville, Alabama.
Quick Airplane image. Click for full size.
By Tim Carr
8. Quick Airplane
On display at the U.S. Space and Rocket Center, Huntsville, Alabama.
Quick Airplane image. Click for full size.
By Tim Carr
9. Quick Airplane
On display at the U.S. Space and Rocket Center, Huntsville, Alabama.
Quick Airplane image. Click for full size.
By Tim Carr
10. Quick Airplane
On display at the U.S. Space and Rocket Center, Huntsville, Alabama.
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Timothy Carr of Birmingham, Alabama. This page has been viewed 1,943 times since then and 6 times this year. Last updated on , by J. Makali Bruton of Querétaro, Mexico. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on , by Timothy Carr of Birmingham, Alabama.   5. submitted on , by Sandra Hughes of Killen, Usa.   6, 7, 8, 9, 10. submitted on , by Timothy Carr of Birmingham, Alabama. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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