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First Military Test Flights

First Military Test Flights

Photo by Alan L Brown - Posted July, 2009

First Military Test Flights

Photo by contributor Brian Bockus - Posted May, 2017

First Military Test Flights

Photo from Google Street View ©2010 Google - Posted October, 2010

First Military Test Flights

Photo Source - Wikimedia Commons

Plaque Location

The County of Renfrew
The Town of Petawawa
On the north side of Road 55 just west of
its intersection with the northern end of Petawawa Blvd
just before the entrance to Canadian Forces Base Petawawa

Coordinates: N 45 54.367 W 77 17.321


Plaque Text

The first military demonstration of aircraft flight in Canada was given at Petawawa Camp in August 1909, by J.A.D. McCurdy and F.W. Baldwin, with the assistance of the Royal Canadian Engineers. On the morning of 2 August, they made three successful flights in the Silver Dart. This aircraft was destroyed in landing after the fourth flight. Further flights were made in the Baddeck No. 1 on 12 and 13 August. The tests ended on 13 August, after this aircraft was damaged.



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