Sil­ver Dart Cen­ten­nial re­cap slated for Sun­day

Cape Breton Post - - SPORTS -

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.

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