Silver Dart Centennial recap slated for Sunday
BADDECK — History in the Making, with Eleanor Anderson, a recap with slides and commentary of the highlights of the 2009 Silver Dart Centennial Celebrations, will take place Sunday at 2 p.m. in the Alexander Graham Bell Museum theatre.
The afternoon will also feature an update on what's happening next, including the community’s time capsule.
It was Feb. 23, 1909, when more than 100 people witnessed the first powered flight in Canada as the Silver Dart airplane lifted off the ice on Baddeck Bay and flew 800 metres. Designed and built by the Aerial Experiment Association, founded by Mabel and Alexander Graham Bell, the Silver Dart's flight was the culmination of this group's pioneering aeronautical research and heralded the age of aviation in Canada.
Highlights of the centennial year included a performance by the SkyHawks (Canadian Forces parachute demonstration team), visits and flypasts from various aircraft, exhibits, kite demonstrations, Youth in Aviation Week held in June, star parties on the roof of the Bell museum, kite demonstrations, galas and musical performances at various events by Loreena McKennitt, The Barra MacNeils, George Canyon and Tara Oram, as well as the Silver Dart Suite commission by Scott Macmillan and Sky’s the Limit youth composition project which both debuted during last year's Celtic Colours International Festival.
Also last year, the Sydney airport was named J.A.D. McCurdy Sydney Airport in honour of the Cape Breton aviation pioneer, John Alexander (Douglas) McCurdy who was a member of the Aerial Experiment Association which constructed and flew the original Silver Dart; and the Building on the Spirit of the Silver Dart legacy campaign was launched with plans to expand the Alexander Graham Bell museum.
Lunch will be served and door prizes given out.
Free admission. Everyone is welcome.