New Market in Madison County, Alabama — The American South (East South Central)
Site of Quick Airplane
Construction And Flight
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. Touch 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. 4½ 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). Touch for a list and map of all markers in New Market.
Also see . . . Will Quick. (Submitted on June 28, 2010, by Timothy Carr of Birmingham, Alabama.)
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
— Submitted November 28, 2010.
Categories. • 20th Century • Air & Space •
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on June 28, 2010, by Timothy Carr of Birmingham, Alabama. This page has been viewed 2,102 times since then and 52 times this year. Last updated on July 20, 2015, by J. Makali Bruton of Querétaro, Mexico. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on June 28, 2010, by Timothy Carr of Birmingham, Alabama. 5. submitted on November 1, 2010, by Sandra Hughes of Killen, Usa. 6, 7, 8, 9, 10. submitted on June 28, 2010, by Timothy Carr of Birmingham, Alabama. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.