A.G. Bell 1847 – 1922

Frederick Walker Casey Baldwin (1882-1948) -3

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



John Alexander Douglas McCurdy (1886-1961)

http://www.exn.ca/FlightDeck/Aviators/mccurdy.cfm


The Wayback Machine has archived copies of this document:
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Archived: 1998 December 2

http://web.archive.orghttp://exn.ca/Mini/Flightdeck/Aviators/mccurdy.cfm


Archived: 1999 April 30

http://web.archive.orghttp://exn.ca/Mini/Flightdeck/Aviators/mccurdy.cfm


Archived: 2000 January 8

http://web.archive.orghttp://exn.ca/FlightDeck/Aviators/mccurdy.cfm


Archived: 2000 July 7

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


Archived: 2001 February 10

http://web.archive.orghttp://exn.ca/FlightDeck/Aviators/mccurdy.cfm


Archived: 2001 June 10

http://web.archive.orghttp://exn.ca/Mini/Flightdeck/Aviators/mccurdy.cfm


Archived: 2002 February 2

http://web.archive.orghttp://www.exn.ca/FlightDeck/Aviators/mccurdy.cfm


Archived: 2002 August 11

http://web.archive.orghttp://exn.ca/Mini/Flightdeck/Aviators/mccurdy.cfm


Archived: 2003 January 12

http://web.archive.orghttp://exn.ca/Mini/Flightdeck/Aviators/mccurdy.cfm


Archived: 2003 April 15

http://web.archive.orghttp://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

 

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