1909 – The AEA Silver Dart makes the first powered flight in Canada and the British Empire.
The Silver Dart (or Aerodrome #4) was a derivative of an early aircraft built by a Canadian/U.S. team, which after many successful flights in Hammondsport, New York, earlier in 1908, was dismantled and shipped to Baddeck, Nova Scotia.
It was flown from the ice of Baddeck Bay, a sub-basin of Bras d’Or Lake, on 23 February 1909, making it the first controlled powered flight in Canada.
The aircraft was piloted by one of its designers, John McCurdy.
The frame and structure of the Silver Dart were made of steel tube, bamboo, friction tape, wire and wood.
From 1891, Bell had begun experiments at Baddeck and Hammondsport to develop motor-powered heavier-than-air aircraft.
By 1908, the success of the AEA was seen in a series of ground-breaking designs, culminating in the Silver Dart.
Extra Note: Like most aircraft of its day the Silver Dart had poor control characteristics; likewise, it had no brakes.
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