Sunday, March 1, 2009

Aviator J. A. D. McCurdy Sitting Behind the Wheel of a Biplane -- March 1, 2009

J A D (John Alexander Douglas) McCurdy was the first man to fly in Canada, in his Silver Dart on 23-February-1909. The plane was built as part of the program of the Aerial Experiment Association (AEA), a group organized by Alexander Graham Bell. I remember reading in an old National Geographic about a reproduction of the Silver Dart that flew in 1959.

The 1910 photo comes from the Library of Congress' wonderful American Memory site ( DN-0056126, Chicago Daily News negatives collection, Chicago Historical Society.

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