100th Anniversary of Baird's Flight
September 24, 2010 marked 100 years since Andrew Baird flew into Scottish aviation history as he piloted his own designed and built monoplane briefly above the sands of Ettrick Bay.
Assure that your family and friends are aware of the contribution made by this aviation pioneer.
Talk about Andrew Blain Baird and celebrate his achievement.
A Few Important Dates in Aviation
1903 December Wright Brothers Kitty Hawk N.C. USA First heavier than Air flight
1906 M. Santos-Dumont Bagatelle France "The Canard " (Voisin manufactured)
1908 M. Santos Dumont Bagatelle France "The Demoiselle"
1908 Samuel Cody Farnborough England First Flight in England
Photo of Silver Dart by C. Markwell, in Toronto 1957
1909 John McCurdy "Silver Dart"
with Alexander Bell Nova Scotia Canada First flight in British Empire
1909 Henri Farman Issy France First "out and home" flight
1909 Louis Bleriot France to England First Cross Channel Flight
1909 Barnwell Brothers Stirling Scotland First biplane Flight in Scotland
1910 Andrew Baird Isle of Bute First all Scottish monoplane
The Baird Monoplane
This first heavier than air craft was wholly constructed in Scotland, designed and built by Andrew Blain Baird but using a 4 cylinder air cooled engine with water cooled valves built by Alexander Brothers of Edinburgh. The engine featured a cast aluminum crankcase with sheet metal covering to the lower half. The monoplane was 25 feet long and weighed 380 pounds and consisted of a complex tubular steel forward frame and triangular wire braced rear section made with bamboo longerons and tubular steel spacers. The rectangular wings set at a slight dihedral angle which would greatly assist its lateral stability had a 29 foot span and appearred to be single surfaced with wire bracing to a cabane pylon and the undercarriage. Mrs Baird sewed brown tussore silk for the wings on a hand sewing machine. The method of stretching and securing the edges was exactly similar to that used in the Santos Demoiselle aircraft. The pilot's seat was of canvas and the tail was an all-moving crucform structure characteristic of the Demoiselle machine and the tail wheel was fixed so that no movement of the machine would affect it. It was carrying a little over 2 pounds in weight to the square foot.
Baird Monument (Rothesay High Kirk Cemetery on the High Street)
This centenary plaque was placed on the Baird family headstone on the 100th anniversary of the First Flight by Andrew Baird II.
ERECTED BY ANDREW BLAIN BAIRD IN LOVING MEMORY OF HIS WIFE EUPHEMIA MARTIN WHO DIED 19TH JANUARY1938, AGED 63 YEARS. THEIR DAUGHTERS AGNES STEVENSON DIED 5TH MARCH 1909, AGED 5 YEARS, SUSAN MCKENZIE DIED MARCH 1909, AGED 1 YEAR.
THE ABOVE ANDREW BLAIN BAIRD DIED 9TH SEP. 1951, AGED 91 YEARS
THEIR SON JOHN BAIRD DIED 16TH SEPT. 1974, AGED 74 YEARS BELOVED HUSBAND OF MAY ROBERTSON DIED 9TH JUNE 1969, AGED 72 YEARS.