Discover Ontario's history as told through its plaques
2004 - Now in our 13th Year - 2017
Looking at this page on a smartphone?
For best viewing, hold your phone
in Landscape mode (Horizontal)
Canada's First Aerodrome
Photos by contributor Wayne Adam - Posted August, 2012
Coordinates: N 43 34.714 W 79 33.409
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.
Related Toronto plaque
Canada's First Air Mail
Here are the visitors' comments for this page.
Here's where you can sent me a comment for this page.
Note: Your email address will be posted at the end of your comment so others can respond to you unless you request otherwise.
Note: Comments are moderated. Yours will appear on this page within 24 hours (usually much sooner).
Note: As soon as I have posted your comment, a reply to your email will be sent informing you.
To send me your comment, click firstname.lastname@example.org.
Alan L Brown
Note: If you wish to send me a personal email, click here.