An auspicious moment in flight
While on vacation in Nova Scotia, Bell began flying kites as a means of recreation. Eventually this turned to scientific experimentation as he built bigger and larger kites, and began to investigate the properties needed to keep larger "flying machines" in the air. Others interested in flight came to Nova Scotia to work with Bell. At the suggestion of his wife, Bell's experiments lead to the formation of the Aerial Experimental Association on October 1, 1907. Other members of the Association included Douglas McCurdy, Fred W. Baldwin, Glen H. Curtis, and Lt. Selfridge, US Army.
Over the next two years the Association worked towards the goal of getting into the air. Working with powered kites they called aerodromes (or dromes for short), the members eventually achieved success on July 4, 1908 with the flight of the "June Bug" (or Drome 3) that captured the trophy offered by Scientific American. During his APS lecture, Bell illustrated the momentous flight with a motion picture. The Association disbanded in March 31, 1909, as its member (McCurdy, Baldwin, and Curtis) went on to pursue the commercial possibilities of flight.
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