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Baldwin, Frederick Walker, 1882-1948



  • Existence: 1882-1948

Biographical Note

Frederick Walker Baldwin was born on January 2, 1882 in Toronto, Canada. In 1906, he graduated from the University of Toronto with a degree in electrical and mechanical engineering. In 1907, he and friend John A. D. McCurdy joined the Aerial Experiment Association, a group founded by Alexander Graham Bell to build flying machines.

Baldwin used his engineering skills to help build the AEA's aircraft. In 1908, he became the first Canadian to fly an airplane. Baldwin and Bell discussed powered watercraft, calling them "hydrodomes." In 1919, Baldinw built the HD-4 hydrofoil, which was not successful commercially and so was abandoned in 1921. After Bell's death in 1922, Baldwin kept experimenting with and building hydrofoils.

He died on August 7, 1848.

Found in 2 Collections and/or Records:

Biographical Information Files - B

Scope and Contents Individuals whose names begin with B: Babcock, Harold E. [Cartographer] Biographical sketch, 2000 Babson, Roger W. [Business expert] Babson, Roger, "Possibilities for Aircraft," Aeronautical Digest, November 1923 Baby, Tony [Museum designer] "Enthusiasm is High for Air Museum Here," Seattle Times, June 26, 1983 ...

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.

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