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The Aerial Experiment Association (AEA) was formed in 1907 under the tutelage of Dr. Alexander Graham Bell. This is a list of aviation-related events from 1907: Events Robert Esnault-Pelterie becomes first pilot to fly using a control stick. ... Alexander Graham Bell (March 3, 1847–August 2, 1922) was a scientist, inventor, and founder of the Bell Telephone Company, known as the father of the telephone. ...


The AEA came into being when John Alexander Douglas McCurdy and his friend Frederick W. "Casey" Baldwin, two young engineers fresh out of the University of Toronto, decided to spend the summer in Baddeck, Nova Scotia. McCurdy had grown up there, and his father was the personal secretary of Dr. Bell. He had grown up close to the Bell family and was well received in their home. One day, as the three sat with Dr. Bell discussing the problems of aviation, Bell's wife, Mabel, suggested they form a company to exploit their collective ideas. Being independently wealthy, she offered to bankroll the idea, taking care of one of the major problems facing aviators of the day. John Alexander Douglas McCurdy (August 2, 1886 – June 25, 1961) was a Canadian aviation pioneer and lieutenant-governor of Nova Scotia from 1947 to 1952. ... Founded in 1827, the University of Toronto (U of T), in Toronto, Ontario, is the largest university in Canada and one of the most important scholarly publishers in North America. ... The village of Baddeck is located on Cape Breton Island in the Province of Canada It is situated on the shores of the beautiful Bras dOr Lake (Golden Arm) in the heart of Cape Breton lsland. ...


The American motorcycle designer and manufacturer, and recognized expert on gasoline engines, Glenn H. Curtiss also became a member of the association. Curtiss had visited the Wright Cycle Company to discuss aeronautical engineering with Wilbur and Orville Wright but the Wrights did not want to cooperate with him in the development of aircraft. The group attracted sufficient attention to inspire the United States government to request that an official observer be allowed to join. Their nominee was Lieutenant Thomas Selfridge. Glenn H. Curtiss on the cover of Time magazine on October 13, 1924 Glenn Hammond Curtiss (May 21, 1878 – July 23, 1930) was an aviation pioneer and founder of the Curtiss Aeroplane and Motor Company, now part of Curtiss-Wright Corporation. ... Wright Cycle Shop at Greenfield Village The Wright Cycle Company (formerly Wright Cycle Exchange) owned and operated five bicycle shops where Orville and Wilbur Wright designed and built Van Cleve and bicycles from 1892 to 1909. ... Aerospace engineering is the branch of engineering concerning aircraft, spacecraft and related topics. ... Wilbur Wright (April 16, 1867 - May 30, 1912), the elder of the Wright brothers, seen as one of the fathers of heavier-than-air flight. ... Orville Wright (August 19, 1871 - January 30, 1948), the younger of the Wright brothers, seen as one of the fathers of heavier-than-air flight. ... The government of the United States, established by the United States Constitution, is a federal republic of 50 states, a few territories and some protectorates. ... Lieutenant Thomas Etholen Selfridge (February 8, 1882 – September 17, 1908) was the first soldier to die in a powered aircraft crash. ...


This collaboration lead to very public success. One of their planes, the June Bug, won the Scientific American Trophy by making the first official one kilometer flight in North America. Their fourth flying machine, the Silver Dart, constructed in 1908, made the first controlled powered flight in Canada on February 23 1909 when it was flown off the ice of Bras d'Or Lake near Baddeck by McCurdy who had been one of its designers. On March 10, 1909, McCurdy set a record when he flew the airplane on a circular course over a distance of more than 32 km (20 miles). The Association made the first passenger flight in Canada on August 2, also in the Silver Dart. Much development also took place in Hammondsport, New York where experimentation was done on development of the first seaplane. The June Bug (or Aerodrome #3) was an early aircraft designed by Glenn Curtiss and built by the Aerial Experiment Association in 1908. ... Scientific American is one of the oldest and most serious popular-science magazines. ... World map showing location of North America A satellite composite image of North America North America is a continent in the northern hemisphere, bounded on the north by the Arctic Ocean, on the east by the North Atlantic Ocean, on the south by the Caribbean Sea, and on the west... The AEA Silver Dart in flight The Silver Dart (or Aerodrome #4) was an early aircraft which was flown off the ice at Baddeck, Nova Scotia on February 23, 1909. ... February 23 is the 54th day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar. ... This is a list of aviation-related events from 1909: Events February February 23 - John McCurdy makes the first aeroplane flight in Canada in the Silver Dart May May 14 - Samuel Cody makes the first aeroplane flight in the UK longer than 1 mile (1. ... Bras dOr Lake, Nova Scotia. ... March 10 is the 69th day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar (70th in Leap years). ... 1909 was a common year starting on Friday (see link for calendar). ... August 2 is the 214th day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar (215th in leap years), with 151 days remaining. ... Hammondsport is a village located in Steuben County, New York. ... A DeHavilland Single Otter floatplane in Harbour Air livery A seaplane is an aircraft designed to take off and land (correctly, though less commonly, alight) upon water. ...



Lists of Aircraft | Aircraft manufacturers | Aircraft engines | Aircraft engine manufacturers This list of aircraft is sorted alphabetically, beginning with the name of the manufacturer (or, in certain cases, designer). ... This is a list of aircraft manufacturers (in alphabetic order). ... List of aircraft engines - Wikipedia /**/ @import /skins-1. ... This is a list of aircraft engine manufacturers both past and present. ...


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References

  • "[1]". A Most Noble Experiment. URL accessed on May 19, 2005.

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Story:Alexander Graham Bell Founds the Aerial Experiment Association - Canadawiki Canadian History Timeline Biography ... (323 words)
Bell's wife Mabel Bell suggested that they form an association to work rapidly on developing their ideas together, and on September 30, 1907, at Halifax, Nova Scotia, the group chartered the Aerial Experiment Association (AEA).
After this success, the AEA started work on the Silver Dart, and on a cold February morning in 1909, McCurdy flew the plane off the ice at Baddeck, in the first airplane flight in Canadian history.
The Aerial Experiment Association disbanded on March 31, 1909.
Aerial Experiment Association - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (371 words)
The Aerial Experiment Association (AEA) was formed in 1907 under the tutelage of Dr. Alexander Graham Bell.
The AEA came into being when John Alexander Douglas McCurdy and his friend Frederick W. "Casey" Baldwin, two young engineers fresh out of the University of Toronto, decided to spend the summer in Baddeck, Nova Scotia.
The Association made the first passenger flight in Canada on August 2, also in the Silver Dart.
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