CANADA'S FLY­ING FIRSTS

Canada's History - - CURRENTS -

FIRST FLIGHT

On Fe­bru­ary 23, 1909, J.A.D. McCurdy first flew the Sil­ver Dart at Bad­deck, Nova Sco­tia.

FIRST WOMAN

On July 31, 1913, Alys McKey Bryant flew solo for six­teen min­utes and made a flaw­less land­ing at Mi­noru Park in Van­cou­ver.

FIRST FA­TAL­ITY

Johnny M. Bryant (hus­band of Alys McKey Bryant) died af­ter crash­ing into a build­ing in Vic­to­ria, on Au­gust 6, 1913.

FIRST SCHOOL

Cur­tiss Avi­a­tion School in Toronto opened in 1915 and trained the first of Canada’s First World War pi­lots.

FIRST AIR­MAIL

Royal Air Force Cap­tain Brian Peck car­ried Canada’s first air­mail — 120 let­ters — from Mon­treal to Toronto on June 24, 1918.

FIRST TRANS-CANADA TRIP

A Cana­dian Air Force pro­ject took ten days (Oc­to­ber 7 to 17, 1920) to fly from Hal­i­fax to Van­cou­ver us­ing sev­eral pi­lots and air­craft.

FIRST LI­CENSED FE­MALE PI­LOT

Nine­teen-year-old Eileen Vol­lick earned her pi­lot’s li­cence on March 13, 1928, near Hamil­ton.

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