College Park in Prince George's County, Maryland — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
In 1910, civilian aviator and inventor Rex Smith came to the airfield. He started the Rex Smith Aeroplane Company and built a hangar on the field.
In 1911, they were joined by the National Aeroplane Company (NACO), which was formed to give instruction in Wright, Curtiss, and Bleriot machines and to provide repair. NACO was the sole agent for the Curtiss Aeroplanes in the Washington area.
In 1912, two other civilian aviation companies, the Christmas Aeroplane Company and the Washington Aeroplane Company (WAC), established themselves at the field. The WAC, sponsored by Emile Berliner, manufactured the well-known Columbia Bi-Plane.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Air & Space • Industry & Commerce. A significant historical year for this entry is 1910.
Location. This marker has been replaced by another marker nearby. It was located near 38° 58.857′ N, 76° 55.605′ W. Marker was in College Park, Maryland, in Prince George's County. Marker could be reached from Corporal Frank Scott Drive near Litton DriveTouch for map. Marker was at or near this postal address: 1909 Corporal Frank Scott Drive, College Park MD 20740, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this location. America's Military Takes Flight (here, next to this marker); Flying the Mail (within shouting distance of this marker); College Park Airport (within shouting distance of this marker); Arthur "Al" Welsh, 1881-1912: Pioneer Aviator (about 600 feet away, measured in a direct line); Taliaferro House (approx. 0.2 miles away); a different marker also named College Park Airport (approx. 0.2 miles away); a different marker also named College Park Airport (approx. 0.2 miles away); Cory House (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in College Park.
Credits. This page was last revised on January 16, 2022. It was originally submitted on March 16, 2018, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia. This page has been viewed 141 times since then and 4 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on March 16, 2018, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.