First flight in Canada
Look at the old photo below. The plane is called the Silver Dart.
The Silver Dart flew in the air on February 23, 1909. It was a famous flight.
The Silver Dart flew about 800 metres (½ mile). It went about 65 km per hour (40 miles per hour).
The Silver Dart had a V-8 engine. The plane had no brakes!
The flight made history. It was the first flight in Canada!
Note: It was the first controlled powered flight in Canada. This means
- the plane had an engine, and
- the pilot could control the plane
Got name from silver wings
The Silver Dart was a biplane. Silver cloth covered its wings.
In February 2009, there was a special event in Nova Scotia. A pilot flew a replica (copy) of the Silver Dart.
Replica in Calgary
You can see a replica of the Silver Dart in Calgary. It is at the Aero Space Museum.