John Alexander Douglas McCurdy

The AEA Silver Dart in flight, J.A.D. McCurdy at the controls, c. 1910

Canadian aviation pioneer and the 20th Lieutenant Governor of Nova Scotia from 1947 to 1952.

- John Alexander Douglas McCurdy

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Glenn Curtiss

American aviation and motorcycling pioneer, and a founder of the U.S. aircraft industry.

Glenn Curtiss c. 1909
Glenn Curtiss on his V-8 motorcycle in 1907
The June Bug on its prize-winning historic flight with Curtiss at the controls
Souvenir postcard of the Grande Semaine d'Aviation, 1909
"Firm Believers in Trans-Atlantic Aviation", Porte and Curtiss on the cover of Aero and Hydro, March 14, 1914
A Curtiss JN-4 (Jenny) on a training flight during World War I
Time cover, October 13, 1924
Glenn H. Curtiss's pilot license
The 1913 Langley Medal awarded to Curtiss
Curtiss Motorcycle at San Francisco Motorcycle Club

During the 1909–1910 period, Curtiss employed a number of demonstration pilots, including Eugene Ely, Charles K. Hamilton, J.A.D. McCurdy, Augustus Post, and Hugh Robinson.

Aerial Experiment Association

Canadian-American aeronautical research group formed on 30 September 1907, under the leadership of Dr. Alexander Graham Bell.

AEA member John Alexander Douglas McCurdy at the controls of an airplane during an aviation 'meet' near Toronto, Ontario, Canada, c. August 1911. The starboard-side of the transverse "shoulder-yoke" hinged structure for aileron control, in the general form of an upper seat support frame, is visible beside the seated pilot.
Aerial Experiment Association members Casey Baldwin, Tom Selfridge, Glenn Curtiss, Alexander Graham Bell, John McCurdy and Augustus Post serving as observer from Aero Club of America.

The AEA came into being when John Alexander Douglas McCurdy and his friend Frederick W. "Casey" Baldwin, two recent engineering graduates of the University of Toronto, decided to spend the summer in Baddeck, Nova Scotia.

AEA Silver Dart

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.

The AEA Silver Dart in flight.
The Silver Dart replica taxies to the starting point for its commemorative flight on 22 February 2009. It was celebrating Canada's Centennial of Flight a day early, due to predicted unfavourable weather.
Silver Dart replica

The aircraft was piloted by one of its designers, Douglas McCurdy.

Frederick Walker Baldwin

Hydrofoil and aviation pioneer and partner of the famous inventor Alexander Graham Bell.

"Casey" Baldwin at Ridley College, circa 1900
Aerial Experiment Association. Casey (second from right), Bell (centre), McCurdy, Curtis, and Selfridge

In 1906, he graduated from the University of Toronto with a degree in electrical and mechanical engineering, and left for Baddeck, Nova Scotia, that summer to visit the home of his college friend Douglas McCurdy and the famous inventor Alexander Graham Bell.

St. Andrew's College, Aurora

Independent boarding and day school founded in 1899 and located in Aurora, Ontario, Canada.

St. Andrew's College in Rosedale, Toronto, circa 1910s, prior to the move to Aurora, Ontario
Picture of the School's first cadet corps in 1905.

John Alexander Douglas McCurdy - Member of the Aerial Experiment Association, inventor of the aileron, and the 19th Lieutenant Governor of Nova Scotia (1947–1952).

Canada's Aviation Hall of Fame

Canada's Aviation Hall of Fame, based in the Reynolds-Alberta Museum in Wetaskiwin, Alberta, Canada, commemorates and honours those whose accomplishments in aviation contributed so much to Canada's development as a nation.

View from inside the Aviation Hangar Exhibit at the Reynolds-Alberta Museum
Official medal of Canada's Aviation Hall of Fame
Belt of Orion Award of Excellence

John Alexander Douglas McCurdy (1974)

Arthur Williams McCurdy

Canadian businessman, inventor and astronomer.

Dominion astrophysical observatory

He was the father of the pioneering aviator John Alexander Douglas McCurdy.

Canadian Science and Engineering Hall of Fame

Located at the Canada Science and Technology Museum in Ottawa, Ontario, honoured Canadians who have made outstanding contributions to society in science and engineering.

Exterior of the Canada Science and Technology Museum

John A.D. McCurdy (1886–1961)

Long Branch Aerodrome

Airfield located west of Toronto, Ontario and just east of Port Credit, now Mississauga, and was Canada's first aerodrome.

Aerial image of Long Branch Aerodrome in 1916
Image of Curtiss airplane at Long Branch Aerodrome in 1917

John Alexander Douglas McCurdy, the first person to fly an airplane in the British Empire, was hired as the airport's first manager.

Trans-Canada Trophy

Awarded by the Canadian Aeronautics and Space Institute to a Canadian citizen who has made an outstanding, contemporary achievement in aerospace operations, whether a single act within the year prior to the award or a sustained level of performance over a period of several years.

The figure atop the Trans-Canada Trophy (McKee Trophy).

1959 Air Commodore John Alexander Douglas McCurdy *, Lieutenant-Governor of Nova Scotia