National Geographic : 1947 Mar
H.M. Benner "Feb. 23, 1909. McCurdy Flew over Baddeck Bay in the Silver Dart About Half a Mile-FirstFlight of aFlying Machine inCanada" Thus Dr. Bell recorded the historic event in the annals of the Aerial Experiment Association, financed by Mrs. Belland of which hewas chairman. The other mem bers included such well-known pioneers in aviation as Glenn H. Curtiss, F. W . Baldwin, J. A. D. McCurdy, and Lt.Thomas E.Selfridge, U.S.Army, the first person killed in an airplane crash. The Silver Dart had a 49-foot wingspread and was powered by a 50-horsepower engineturning apusher-type propeller.