The Early Birds (pre 1913)

DaVinci Ornithopter

The famed Italian Renaissance genius, who lived between 1452 and 1519, turned his fertile mind to the ancient dream of flight, and what emerged was a plan for a human-powered flapping machine.  Our full-sized replica has been donated by BCIT.  It never got off the ground!

 

 

Chanute-Type Glider 1896

This replica of a “hang-glider” built in 1896 by Octave Chanute represents the state of the art in aeronautics in the late 19th century.  Chanute’s work was important to the Wright Brothers as it was airworthy but lacked only a practical motor.  Our replica was built in Victoria by Russ Carrington and was donated to the Museum in 1989.

 

 

Gibson Twin Plane

Canada’s first designed and built aeroplane, the Twin Plane was “hopped” at Dean’s Farm, Victoria on September 12, 1910.  Ten days later a short flight ended with a collision with a large tree.  Fortunately W.W. Gibson was not seriously hurt, and went on to build a much more realistic machine that flew several times in 1911 in Calgary.  A further crash ended Gibson’s pioneering efforts.  This replica was built in 1996 thanks to a Heritage Trust Fund grant.

 


 

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