Historic Markers Across Alabama

Site of Quick Airplane Construction and Flight

Marker ID: AHA 
Location: on Wallace Lane (County Highway 100) west of Billy D. Harbin Road, New Market, Alabama
County: Madison
Coordinates: N 34° 55.044    W 086° 30.275
  34.9174    -86.50458333
Style: Free Standing **
Waymark: None


Side 1:
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 1/2 mile northwest of here, across the Flint River. Restored, it is now on display at the U.S. Space and Rocket Center.

Side 2:
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.

End of Site of Quick Airplane Construction and Flight