First Aviation Casualty In Canada – 1913

Johnny Bryant (1880 - 1913)

Johnny Bryant (1880 – 1913)

On this date (okay. technically yesterday – but it was today when I began writing it!), August 6, 1913 – 101 years ago – in Victoria, British Columbia, American pilot and barnstormer Johnny Milton Bryant became the first and only air casualty in Canada prior to World War I.

Bryant was doing the first-ever fly-over the city of Victoria, just passing City Hall when he lost control of his aeroplane, a Curtiss bi-plane.

According to the Daily Colonist newspaper dated August 8, 1913, the plane “dashed down” into the roof of a nearby building, “with a crash that could be heard for several blocks.”

Bryant (1880-1913) died on impact.

According to the January 1959 edition of Canadian Aviation Magazine Bryant’s wife,  Alys McKey (Tiny) Bryant, flew the first solo flight by a woman in Canada over the Vancouver racetrack on July 31, 1913, just a few weeks prior to Johnny Bryant’s death.

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Andrew was born in London, UK, raised in Toronto, Canada, and cavorted in Ohtawara, Japan for three years. He is married, has a son and a cat. He has over 35,000 comic books and a plethora of pioneer aviation-related tobacco and sports cards and likes to build LEGO dioramas. He has written and been an editor for various industrial magazines, has scripted comic books, ghost-written blogs for business sectors galore, and hates writing in the 3rd person. He also hates having to write this crap that no one will ever read. He works on his Pioneers Of Aviation - a cool blog on early fliers - even though it takes him so much time to do. He also wants to do more writing - for money, though. Help him out so he can stop talking in the 3rd person.
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