Hubbard Monoplane
The Hubbard Monoplane on the Baddeck Bay in 1910
Role Private use
Manufacturer Canadian Aerodrome Company
Designer John McCurdy
First flight 3 March 1910
Primary user Gardiner Greene Hubbard II
Produced 1910
Number built 1

The Hubbard Monoplane (Hubbard II), also nicknamed "Mike", was an early aircraft designed by John McCurdy and built by the Canadian Aerodrome Company.[1]

The Hubbard Monoplane was commissioned by Gardiner Greene Hubbard II of Boston.[N 1] The monoplane was constructed at the Beinn Bhreagh estate of Alexander Graham Bell in Baddeck, Nova Scotia, by John McCurdy and F. W. "Casey" Baldwin. The aircraft was the third to be built by the Canadian Aerodrome Company, and the first to represent an indigenous design, although loosely based on the Blériot XI.[1] The aircraft made two brief flights on 3 March 1910, flown by McCurdy.[2]

After it was shipped to Montreal for the 1910 Montreal Air Meet, Hubbard was unsuccessful in flying the aircraft, it possibly being too low-powered to do more than taxiing. Shortly after, Hubbard had the aircraft dismantled and shipped to Boston, making it the first Canadian aircraft sold and built for export. The intent was to enter the aircraft at the Harvard-Boston Aero Meet in Boston. The aircraft was displayed at the aero meet, and was included in the photographs of the flight line, but it did not leave the ground.[3]

Specifications (Baddeck No. 2)

Data from Canadian Aircraft Since 1909[4]

General characteristics



  1. ^ Gardiner Greene Hubbard II was a pioneering pilot and the nephew of lawyer Gardiner Greene Hubbard, Alexander Graham Bell's father in law and legal advisor.
  1. ^ a b Molson and Taylor 1982, p. 22.
  2. ^ "The Mike Monoplane." Riverview Rural High School. Retrieved: 14 May 2012.
  3. ^ Milberry 2008, p. 48.
  4. ^ Molson and Taylor 1982, p. 161.
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