100 years ago the Silver Dart flew…

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If you’ve read TBLP, you’ll know that I’m a big fan of Alexander Graham Bell.  In the novel, Angus reveres Bell and honours him by naming his hovercraft  Baddeck 1.  Bell summered in Baddeck in Cape Breton, Nova Scotia.  It was the site of many of his triumphs as an inventor.  Whether building his record-breaking hydrofoil or testing various kite designs, a whole lot of ingenuity and innovation unfolded on the shores of Bras d’Or Lake.  On February 23rd, 1909, the Silver Dart, a rickety plane of bamboo, string, wire and silk, lifted off the ice at Baddeck making the very first controlled, powered flight in Canada.  The Silver Dart was designed and built by the Aerial Experiment Association, a group founded by Alexander Graham Bell in 1907.  One hundred years later, almost to the day, a replica of the Silver Dart flew again, taking off from the very same ice.  Aided by my interest in, and respect for, Bell, I found the re-creation of this historic first flight to be quite moving.  It was a fitting and worthy tribute to Bell and his team of intrepid adventurers.

7 Responses to “100 years ago the Silver Dart flew…”

  1. Katie says:

    Hello.
    My name’s Katie and I attend Park View Education Center.
    Me and my partner Matthew are doing a presentation on The Silver Dart.
    We were wondering if we could ask for your allowance to use your pictures on your site
    (terryfallis.com) in our project.
    Also please take note, our project is non-profit and is for our science class.
    Please reply soon as we have a deadline. 🙂
    Hope to hear from you soon.
    Katie.

  2. Terry Fallis says:

    Of course, feel free to use the photos. Good luck with the project.

  3. […] near Baddeck, Cape Breton, exactly 100 years after the original Silver Dart first flew. In fact, I blogged about it back in February. It was great to speak with them. They kindly presented me with a photograph commemorating the […]

  4. Lucas says:

    Hello.
    My name’s Katie and I attend Park View Education Center.
    Me and my partner Matthew are doing a presentation on The Silver Dart.
    We were wondering if we could ask for your allowance to use your pictures on your site
    (terryfallis.com) in our project.
    Also please take note, our project is non-profit and is for our science class.
    Please reply soon as we have a deadline.
    Hope to hear from you soon.
    Katie.

  5. Terry Fallis says:

    Of course! Help yourself and good luck with the project…

  6. Katie says:

    Hello.
    My name’s Katie and I attend Park View Education Center.
    Me and my partner Matthew are doing a presentation on The Silver Dart.
    We were wondering if we could ask for your allowance to use your pictures on your site
    (terryfallis.com) in our project.
    Also please take note, our project is non-profit and is for our science class.
    Please reply soon as we have a deadline.
    Hope to hear from you soon.
    Katie.

  7. Terry Fallis says:

    Hi Katie. You certainly have my persmission to use anything on my site. Good luck with the project.

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