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Bell and Curtiss

In the spring of 1907, Frederick W. (Casey) Balwin and John A.D. McCurdy graduated in engineering from the University of Toronto. They then travelled to Baddeck, Nova Scotia to discuss the development of flight with Alexander Graham Bell, who was known to be pursuing experiments in aviation. Bell, best known for inventing the telephone, accepted the two men as partners in his efforts to better develop forms of controlled flight.

Members of the Aerial Experiment AssociationsBell saw an opportunity to create an association of skilled inventors to work through these aeronautic puzzles, and formed the Aerial Experiment Association think-tank. Along with Balwin and McCurdy, members included Lieutenant Thomas Selfridge from the United States Army, who was to act as an observer.

Another key player of the Association was Glenn Curtiss, a manufacturer of motorcycles who had expertise in the development of small, powerful engines. Alexander Graham Bell and Glenn Curtiss played leading roles in the development of aircraft, which led up to the flight of the Silver Dart in 1908.

 

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