Pat Epps, a native of Athens, Georgia and the youngest son of Ben T. Epps, graduated from Georgia Tech in 1956 and entered the United States Air Force in 1957. As a distinguished graduate of Class 58L, he became the fifth of Ben Epps’ sons to become a military pilot.
Pat has over 10,000 flying hours as a commercial pilot with type ratings in North American B-25 Mitchell, Douglas DC-3, Learjet, and Cessna Citation. Epps has been recognized amongst the honorees of the 1998 Gatherings of Eagles, an international group setting standards and paving the way for future air and space power. Epps has also been honored by the NBAA.
In 1999, Pat Epps received the NBAA American Spirit Award. In 2007, Epps Aviation was again recognized at the NBAA Annual Convention by receiving the John P. “Jack” Doswell Award for his lifelong dedication to general aviation and community volunteer work. Epps led an 11-year quest to recover the Lost Squadron.
2011 bestows more recognition on Pat Epps. In January, Epps received the Harrison Ford Aviation Legacy Award at the 8th Annual Living Legends of Aviation Awards event in Beverly Hills, CA. Epps is also honored as an inductee into the Georgia Aviation Hall of Fame in April 2011.
Pat lost his wife, Ann, and Epps Aviation’s strongest supporter in December of 2013. He continues to reside in Atlanta and hang out at the FBO. Their three children, Patrick, Marian and Elaine, all have their pilot’s license and the two daughters presently work in the family business.