A.G. Bell
1847 - 1922

F.W. Baldwin
1882 - 1948

J.A.D. McCurdy
1886 - 1961


Baddeck
Victoria County
Nova Scotia

Three plaques on the outside wall of the Bell Museum

GPS location:   46°06'11"N   60°44'44"W



Three plaques on the Bell Museum wall
Three plaques on the Bell Museum wall


Alexander Graham Bell (1847-1922)


Frederick Walker "Casey" Baldwin (1882-1948)


John A.D. McCurdy (1886-1961)
"...the first person to fly an aeroplane in the British Empire..."
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.


View showing the location of the three plaques


The above photographs were taken on 24 June 2003.


Also see: A.G. Bell National Historic Park

First Aeroplane Flight monument at the Baddeck Courthouse





Links to Relevant Websites

John Alexander Douglas McCurdy (1886-1961)
    http://www.exn.ca/FlightDeck/Aviators/mccurdy.cfm
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Archived: 1999 April 30
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Archived: 2000 January 8
http://web.archive.org/web/20000108090025/http://exn.ca/FlightDeck/Aviators/mccurdy.cfm

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http://web.archive.org/web/20000707225739/http://www.exn.ca/Mini/Flightdeck/Aviators/mccurdy.cfm

Archived: 2001 February 10
http://web.archive.org/web/20010210024944/http://exn.ca/FlightDeck/Aviators/mccurdy.cfm

Archived: 2001 June 10
http://web.archive.org/web/20010610050020/http://exn.ca/Mini/Flightdeck/Aviators/mccurdy.cfm

Archived: 2002 February 2
http://web.archive.org/web/20020202040943/http://www.exn.ca/FlightDeck/Aviators/mccurdy.cfm

Archived: 2002 August 11
http://web.archive.org/web/20020811051723/http://exn.ca/Mini/Flightdeck/Aviators/mccurdy.cfm

Archived: 2003 January 12
http://web.archive.org/web/20030112185503/http://exn.ca/Mini/Flightdeck/Aviators/mccurdy.cfm

Archived: 2003 April 15
http://web.archive.org/web/20030415033020/http://exn.ca/FlightDeck/Aviators/mccurdy.cfm

J.A.D. McCurdy Several interesting photographs...
    http://www.earlyaviators.com/emccurdy.htm


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
    http://archives.cbc.ca/IDC-1-75-419-2424-20/that_was_then/science_technology/silver_dart


John A.D. McCurdy by J.M.S. Careless
    http://epe.lac-bac.gc.ca/100/205/301/ic/cdc/heirloom_series/volume6/126-127.htm


Canadian Aviation Historical Society, Silver Dart Chapter
    http://museum.gov.ns.ca/other_ns/cahs/


First Airplane flight in Canada by U.S. Centennial of Flight Commission
    http://www.centennialofflight.gov/essay/Wright_Bros/Patent_Battles/WR12G9.htm


John Alexander Douglas McCurdy
    http://collection.nlc-bnc.ca/100/200/301/ic/can_digital_collections/aviation/m039.htm


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...
    http://www.amphilsoc.org/library/exhibits/treasures/flight.htm


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...
    http://www.memagazine.org/flight03/trialby/trialby.html


Glenn Curtiss photographs, 1909 many taken at Baddeck
    http://glennhcurtiss.com/id35.htm


Canada's Aviation Hall of Fame

Canada'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...
    http://www.cahf.ca/main.htm


Alexander Graham Bell (1847-1922
    http://www.cahf.ca/members/B_members.htm#Alexander%20Graham%20Bell


Frederick Walker Baldwin (1882-1948)
    http://www.cahf.ca/members/B_members.htm#Frederick%20Walker%20Baldwin


John Alexander Douglas McCurdy (1886-1961)
    http://www.cahf.ca/members/M_members.htm#John%20Alexander%20Douglas%20McCurdy


Gerald Lester MacInnis (1914-1991)
    http://www.cahf.ca/members/M_members.htm#Gerald%20Lester%20MacInnis


Stuart Graham (1896-1976)
    http://www.cahf.ca/members/G_members.htm#Stuart%20Graham


Lindsay Rood (1911- )
    http://www.cahf.ca/members/R_members.htm#James%20Lindsay%20Rood






Photographs of War Memorials, Historic Monuments and Plaques in Nova Scotia
    http://ns1763.ca/remem/plaques.html



Bell National Historic Park A.G. Bell National Historic Park Baddeck
    http://ns1763.ca/victco/bellhistpark.html


Baddeck: First Aeroplane Flight monument First Aeroplane Flight monument Baddeck
    http://ns1763.ca/victco/baddckcrth.html


North River war memorial North River war memorial North River
    http://ns1763.ca/victco/northriver.html


Port Dauphin Naval Base monument, 1713-1719 Port Dauphin Naval Base monument, 1713-1719 Englishtown
    http://ns1763.ca/victco/portdauphin.html


Englishtown war memorial Englishtown war memorial Englishtown
    http://ns1763.ca/victco/englishtownm.html


Indian Brook war memorial Indian Brook war memorial Indian Brook
    http://ns1763.ca/victco/indianbrook.html


Ingonish war memorial Ingonish war memorial Ingonish
    http://ns1763.ca/victco/noringonishm.html


Neils Harbour war memorial Neils Harbour war memorial Neils Harbour
    http://ns1763.ca/victco/neilshbrm.html


South Harbour war memorial South Harbour war memorial South Harbour
    http://ns1763.ca/victco/southhbrm.html


John Cabot 1497 memorial John Cabot 1497 memorial Aspy Bay
    http://ns1763.ca/victco/aspycabot.html


Transtlantic Telegraph historic site 1856 Transtlantic Telegraph historic site 1856 Aspy Bay
    http://ns1763.ca/victco/cabotcablem.html


St. Margarets Village war memorial St. Margarets Village war memorial St. Margarets Village
    http://ns1763.ca/victco/stmargvillm.html


Middle River war memorial Middle River war memorial Middle River
    http://ns1763.ca/victco/middlerivr.html


Whycocomagh war memorial Whycocomagh war memorial Whycocomagh
    http://ns1763.ca/inverco/whycocom.html


Belle Cote war memorial Belle Cote war memorial Belle Cote
    http://ns1763.ca/inverco/bellecote.html


Cheticamp war memorial Cheticamp war memorial Cheticamp
    http://ns1763.ca/inverco/chetcmpwar.html


French Mountain war memorial French Mountain war memorial French Mountain
    http://ns1763.ca/inverco/frenchmtn.html


Inverness coal miners memorial Inverness coal miners monument Inverness
    http://ns1763.ca/inverco/invminemem.html


Judique war memorial Judique war memorial Judique
    http://ns1763.ca/inverco/judiquem.html


D'Escousse war memorial D'Escousse war memorial D'Escousse
    http://ns1763.ca/richmco/descoussewarm.html


Sampsonville centennial plaque Samsonville centennial plaque Sampsonville
    http://ns1763.ca/richmco/sampsonville.html


Sydney Harbour in WW2 Sydney Harbour in the Second World War Sydney Boardwalk
    http://ns1763.ca/cbrm/sydboard-harbww2.html


New Victoria war memorial New Victoria war memorial New Victoria
    http://ns1763.ca/cbrm/newvict.html


East Bay war memorial East Bay war memorial East Bay
    http://ns1763.ca/cbrm/eastbaywarm.html


Sydney Forks war memorial Sydney Forks war memorial Sydney Forks
    http://ns1763.ca/cbrm/sydneyforks.html


J.B. Croak V.C. memorial school John Bernard Croak V.C. memorial school Glace Bay
    http://ns1763.ca/cbrm/croakjb.html


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