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lvl3 First flight in Canada

February 1909

Look at the old photo below. The plane is called the Silver Dart.

 

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Famous flight

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!

 

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Made history

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.

 

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February 2009

In February 2009, there was a special event in Nova Scotia. A pilot flew a replica (copy) of the Silver Dart.

 

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Replica in Calgary

You can see a replica of the Silver Dart in Calgary. It is at the Aero Space Museum.

 

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