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McCurdy, John A. D., 1886-1961



  • Existence: 1886-1961

Biographical Note

John Alexander Douglas McCurdy was born on August 2, 1886 in Baddeck, Nova Scotia. In 1906 he graduated from the University of Toronto with a degree in mechanical engineering. Soon after, in 1907, he and school friend Frederick W. Baldwin joined the Aerial Experiment Association, founded by Alexander Graham Bell.

In 1910, he was the first Canadian to be issued a pilot's license. McCurdy continued to set aviation records and innovate in the field of aviation and aeronautics. He died on June 25, 1861.

Found in 3 Collections and/or Records:

Biographical Information Files - M

Scope and Contents Individuals whose names begin with M: MacCready, Paul [Innovative aeronautical designer and engineer] "A Man for All Reasonings," California Magazine, November 1986"The Sky's the Limit," The Country Gentleman, Spring 1982"Masterful Tinkering of Genius," Insight, June 25, 1990"P.B. MacCready, 81, Inventor, Dies," New York Times, August 31, 2007 MacGilchrist, John...

Alexander Graham Bell and the Aerial Experiment Association Photograph Collection

Identifier: 2018-10-01-B
Abstract 25 photographs of Alexander Graham Bell and other members of the Aerial Experiment Association along with their aerodrome aircraft; souvenir booklet of the association; 2 photomechanical prints signed by J.A. McCurdy.

Elizabeth S. Keast Photograph Collection

Identifier: 2011-00-00-17
Content Description The Elizabeth S. Keast Photograph Collection consists of 77 black-and-white photographs depicting aviation activities, planes, and personalities in the United States and Canada from about 1908-1930, as well as various other subjects.The collection is sub-divided by subject and files have been organized alphabetically. The first folder contains 29 prints of assorted aircraft. Of note are images of The Aerial Experiment Association's Red Wing, Silver Dart, and the Loon; two images of a...

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