AVIATION began in BC when the American aviator Charles Hamilton took off in a Curtiss biplane at the Minoru Park race track at RICHMOND on 25 Mar 1910. There had been earlier hot-air balloon flights, and a dirigible flew above NEW WESTMINSTER in 1909, but Hamilton's was the first heavier-than-air controlled flight. A few months later, on 8 Sept 1910, William Wallace GIBSON became the first person in Canada to design, build and fly his own aircraft when he took to the air at Mt Tolmie near...

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