AEA's fourth and last to fly aircraft, the Silver Dart single-seat open biplane, was designed by McCurdy. Of mixed steel tube, bamboo and wood construction, covered with silvery rubberized silk balloon-cloth, it was powered by a 50 hp Curtiss eight-cylinder water-cooled pusher V-engine driving a wooden propeller. The Silver Dart was first flown on June 21, 1908, by McCurdy.
The last of AEA's team efforts, the Silver Dart became the first airplane to fly in Canada on February 23, 1909, as pictured here with McCurdy at the controls. (This flight is often claimed as the first powered flight in the British Commonwealth, however, that was performed by Samuel Franklin Cody in the British Army Aeroplane No. 1 at Farnborough, England, on 16 October 1908).
Mid-1909 it was shown to Canadian Army officials at Petawawa, Ontario were on August 2, the aircraft was wrecked upon landing after its fifth flight of that day, McCurdy escaped injuries. The Silver Dart had flown an estimated 3,000 mls (4,828 km) in just over a year, an impressive achievement in those days.
To commemorate the first powered flight in Canada, a replica was built in 2009.
Span: 49 ft 1 in (14.96 m)
Length: 32 ft 0 in (9.75 m)
Load (pilot, fuel, oil, water): 290 lb (132 kg)
Max speed: 40 mph (64 kmh)
Range: 20 mls (32 km)."