Using copies of the original drawings the replica was built to the original specifications with concessions to modern materials. Materials used were bamboo, red cedar, ash, and Dracon, powerplant used for flight was a 40 hp Kohler two-cylinder engine. For safety pedals were fitted to control the rudder and brakes were fitted to the wheels.
The first flight took place at Hamilton, February 6, 2009, with Canadian astronaut and aerobatic pilot Bjarni Tryggvason at the controls. Due to expected bad weather conditions on the scheduled February 23, 2009, the commemorative flights (five in all) were made a day earlier, by Tryggvason at Baddeck Bay, Nova Scotia. Subsequently the aircraft toured Canada and in November 2010 the National Air Force Museum of Canada became the home for the Silver Dart replica, it was unveiled on February 23, 2011.
For static display the engine has been replaced by a replica of the original Curtiss engine, fitted with a display prop, and copies of the original control wheel and seat have been installed, while the rudder pedals and brakes are removed. The aircraft left the museum in October 2011 and is presently stored until the Bell Museum at Baddeck has prepaired a display area for the Silver Dart replica.
Span: 49 ft 0 in (14.94 m)
Length: 33 ft 0 in (10.06 m)
Height: 9 ft 6 in (2.90 m)
Loaded weight: 1,150 lb (522 kg)
Max speed: 35 mph (56 kmh)."