This plaque needs to be corrected.
It is now known that the flight at Baddeck on 23 February 1909,
mentioned on this plaque, was the first flight in Canada,
but was not the first flight in the British Empire.
Eighteen weeks earlier, on 16 October 1908, Samuel Franklin Cody
made a flight of 1390 feet 424 metres over Laffin's Plain, Farnborough,
England, which is recognized by the Royal Aero Club as the first
powered flight in England and in the British Empire.
Links to Relevant WebsitesJohn Alexander Douglas McCurdy (1886-1961)
J.A.D. McCurdy Several interesting photographs...
The Silver Dart makes Canadian aviation history: a look back
Audio clip from the CBC archives
An interview with J.A.D. McCurdy, broadcast on 23 February 1949,
the 40th anniversary of the first flight of the Silver Dart at Baddeck
John A.D. McCurdy by J.M.S. Careless
Canadian Aviation Historical Society, Silver Dart Chapter
First Airplane flight in Canada by U.S. Centennial of Flight Commission
John Alexander Douglas McCurdy
Treasures of the APS: A.G. Bell on Powered Flight
Alexander Graham Bell's address to the American Philosophical Society
on 7 May 1909, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania...
Trial by Flyer
...Alexander Graham Bell invited Curtiss to visit him in Washington in January 1907 and
ordered a four-cylinder engine for his kite experiments. Meanwhile, Bell had received
a call from Selfridge, a young West Point graduate who had been studying flight and
believed the military would soon take it seriously. Bell invited Selfridge to Nova Scotia
to see his kites and to meet Mabel. The Bells took a liking to the earnest and personable
young officer, and welcomed him like a member of the family. Bell asked his friend
President Theodore Roosevelt to allow Selfridge to join him as an official aviation observer...
Glenn Curtiss photographs, 1909 many taken at Baddeck
Canada's Aviation Hall of FameCanada's Aviation Hall of Fame
The fragile aircraft Silver Dart shook loose the frozen bonds of Nova Scotia's
Bras d'Or Lake in nineteen hundred nine to usher in this fledgling nation's age of flight...
Alexander Graham Bell (1847-1922
Frederick Walker Baldwin (1882-1948)
John Alexander Douglas McCurdy (1886-1961)
Gerald Lester MacInnis (1914-1991)
Stuart Graham (1896-1976)
Lindsay Rood (1911- )