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Celebrating National Aviation Day

By Barb Neri, for EAA Bits and Pieces

Silver Dart

Ontario aviation enthusiasts Ed Lubitz and Mark Taylor wanted to do something spectacular to mark the 100th anniversary of John McCurdy’s historic flight at Baddeck, Nova Scotia, in 1909. In October 2008 they began building their own Silver Dart replica, and after eight months of construction activity their masterpiece was completed. This well-researched project, using the original drawings, was a true labour of love, and the outstanding craftsmanship is evident when viewing this aircraft.

The overall philosophy of the replica’s construction was to build the aircraft to the original specifications with concessions to modern materials. What began as a conversation at an air show last July has resulted in the acquisition of a wonderful new addition to our collection. Thanks to the generosity of Ed Lubitz, the National Air Force Museum of Canada is now home to the Silver Dart 5, a full-scale replica of the original 1909 Silver Dart.

Silver Dart
Larger view

“What a marvelous set of coincidences it was when I met Ed at the Kitchener Waterloo Air Show this past summer,” said Chris Colton, executive director of the museum. “It took very little time to convince him that Trenton was the ideal home for his magnificent Silver Dart replica. And now that it is on display, it has drawn numerous comments on Ed’s craftsmanship. It has proven to be an important addition to our growing fleet of historic aviation artifacts.”

February 23 (8 Wing / Canadian Forces Base Trenton, Ontario) – On this day in 1909, aviation history was made with the first Canadian powered flight taking place in the skies above Nova Scotia. In 2009, the Canadian government officially proclaimed February 23 as National Aviation Day. To mark the significance of this date in 2011, the National Air Force Museum of Canada celebrated the grand opening of its Silver Dart exhibit.

Editor’s note: Visitors to EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2009 will remember seeing this very aircraft on display. We’re grateful for this press release by the NationalAirForceMuseum of Canada.

For more information, please contact:
Barb Neri
Public Relations Manager
National Air Force Museum of Canada


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