Melchoir M. Eberts
Captain Melchoir McEwen Eberts attended St. Andrew's College from 1906 to 1908.
Eberts Field was named for native Arkansan and West Point graduate Melchior McEwen Eberts, a Captain of the aviation section of the U. S. A. signal corps. Eberts died May 15th, 1917, at the age 28 while making airplane exhibition flight at Columbus, New Mexico.
In World War I, the usefulness of aerial photography to the U.S. military to monitor troop locations, as well as update military maps and strategic positions, prompted the army to train pilots to photograph areas of vital interest to the war effort. One military pilot school and temporary flying field was established in Arkansas. Eberts Field, an area of 640 acres in Lonoke, Arkansas, 20 miles east of Little Rock, Arkansas, operated during 1918-1920.
Construction of Eberts Field began December 11, 1917, and ended in January 1919 at a total cost of $1,829,560. The Primary Flying Course was an 8-week course with a student capacity of 300. Eberts Field also housed a Temporary Storage Depot. The Armistice was signed (November 11, 1918) before the first class graduated.