College Park in Prince George's County, Maryland — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
Army Aviation School
The first Army Aviation School set up operations at the airfield in 1911, with 5 new aeroplanes (2 Wrights, 2 Curtiss, 1 Burgess-Wright) and 4 hangars adjacent to the road.
Several of the civilian hangars had to be relocated to be in line with the Army hangars. Instructors included Captain Charles deForest Chandler, Captain Paul Beck, and Lieutenants Henry "Hap" Arnold, Thomas Milling, Roy Kirkland, Leighton Hazelhurst and Lewis Rockwell.
Several important achievements in aviation occurred in 1911 and 1912
• Army altitude record for Hap Arnold (6,540 feet)
• Development and testing of a bomb sight (Riley Scott)
• Early aerial photography testing from a military plane
• First machine gun fired from a plane
• First enlisted man to die in an aviation accident (Cpl. Frank Scott)
Location. 38° 58.857′ N, 76° 55.613′ W. Marker is in College Park, Maryland, in Prince George's County. Marker can be reached from Corporal Frank Scott Drive north of Litton Drive, on the left. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1909 Corporal Frank Scott Drive, College Park MD 20740, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. General Aviation (a few steps from this marker); Airmail Taliaferro House (about 800 feet away, measured in a direct line); College Park Airport: “Oldest Continually Operated in the World” (approx. 0.2 miles away); Cory House (approx. 0.2 miles away); College Park Airport (approx. 0.2 miles away); City of College Park (approx. ¼ mile away); McDonnell House (approx. ¼ mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in College Park.
Categories. • Air & Space • Education • Military • Roads & Vehicles •
Credits. This page was last revised on March 19, 2018. This page originally submitted on March 16, 2018, by Devry Jones of Silver Spring, Maryland. This page has been viewed 68 times since then. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on March 16, 2018, by Devry Jones of Silver Spring, Maryland. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.