Frederick Walker Baldwin, "Casey," aviator, inventor (b at Toronto 2 Jan 1882; d at Beinn Bhreagh, NS 7 Aug 1948). He completed engineering studies at University of Toronto in 1906. In 1907 he became a founding member of the Aerial Experiment Association with A.G. BELL
, J.A.D. MCCURDY
and 2 Americans. After working on the design and construction of their first aircraft, on 12 March 1908 he became the first British subject to pilot an aircraft, at Hammondsport, NY. He and McCurdy formed the Canadian Aerodrome Company at Baddeck, NS, and constructed 2 more aircraft. He also piloted the SILVER DART
on 12 August 1909. He developed methods of transmitting sound through water and perfected a hydrofoil. He was elected to the Nova Scotia Legislature in 1933.
Baldwin, Frederick "Casey"
Baldwin was a pioneer in aviation, here shown sitting in one of Alexander Bell's huge kites (courtesy Alexander Graham Bell National Historic Park).
The hydrofoil was the creation of Alexander Graham Bell, his wife Mabel Bell and the engineer F.W. Casey Baldwin. On September 9, 1919, on the tranquil waters of the Bras d'Or, the hydrofoil raced across the surface of the lake faster than any person had ever travelled on water. At a time when the greatest steamships of the world made less than 60km/h, the HD-4 hydrofoil vessel was clocked at 114km/h.
Charlotte Grey, The Reluctant Genius (2007).
Links to Other Sites
Canadian Aeronautical Preservation Association
Describes early experiments with powered flight conducted by the Aerial Experiment Association. From the Albertasource.ca website.
A Century Aloft: The Rise Of The Silver Dart
A compelling account of the bumpy path that led to the first successful powered flight tests in Canada. From legionmagazine.com.