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The Silver Dart

W.W. Gibson's "Multiplane"

The Curtiss "Golden Flyer"


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The First Aeroplanes

Simmer Curtiss Pusher biplaneAfter the first powered, manned flight by the Wright Brothers at Kittyhawk in 1903, many would-be aviators across Western Canada worked on their own inventions that looked more like kites than the biplanes many think of today as the first aircraft.

Early pilots had to learn to fly on their own. They also had to be able to carry out repairs on their own aircraft, which were lightweight and made of bamboo and canvass. The strong winds of the prairies often prompted early Alberta aviators to replace their original engines with more powerful ones.

Yet it was these tiny machines that excited the imaginations of those who watched them, and many attending summer fairs dreamed of flying themselves. These early, precarious demonstrations of flight were the first steps in creating a whole new industry in Western Canada.

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