CANADA'S FLYING FIRSTS
On February 23, 1909, J.A.D. McCurdy first flew the Silver Dart at Baddeck, Nova Scotia.
On July 31, 1913, Alys McKey Bryant flew solo for sixteen minutes and made a flawless landing at Minoru Park in Vancouver.
Johnny M. Bryant (husband of Alys McKey Bryant) died after crashing into a building in Victoria, on August 6, 1913.
Curtiss Aviation School in Toronto opened in 1915 and trained the first of Canada’s First World War pilots.
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.