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Canada's First Aerodrome

Canada's First Aerodrome

Photos by contributor Wayne Adam - Posted August, 2012

Canada's First Aerodrome

Plaque Location

The Region of Peel
The City of Mississauga
On the Lake Ontario Waterfront Trail
where it meets Lakeshore Road East near
Hydro Road, west of Dixie Road


Coordinates: N 43 34.714 W 79 33.409

Map

Plaque Text

In May, 1915, Curtiss Aeroplanes and Motors, Ltd. established Canada's first aerodrome and flying school on this site. The school, and the Curtiss aircraft factory on Strachan Avenue in Toronto were managed by John A.D. McCurdy, Canada's first aviator. Most of the graduates went to England at their own expense, to join the Royal Flying Corps or the Royal Naval Air Service. When the Royal Flying Corps, Canada, was created in January, 1917, its first flying units were based at Long Branch. Later that year, when Armour Heights and Leaside were prepared for flying, Long Branch became the ground training school for the cadet wing of the R.F.C.

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