Flight of The Silver Dart

The Hearse funeral collectors Who Pimp Out and display Their Morbid Rides

A few people just truly like hearses, it turns out.

Around eight years back, Bill Duval sold his beast truck and purchased a funeral car. Duval isn’t a funeral director and doesn’t have anything to do with cadavers; he simply likes hearses. Today the Warminster Heights, Pennsylvania, occupant drives a 1997 Krystal Koach Lincoln, complete with a 250-pound, strong oak coffin in its sweeping back. He thinks that it’s extraordinary for shopping for food and especially helpful for frequenting yard deals.

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Last Saturday, Duval’s vehicle, decorated with zombie’s heads, won the honor for Best Display at the Eighth Annual funeral Hearses for sale and Professional Vehicle Show in Philadelphia, a car expo for funerary vehicles held, fittingly, in the graveyard of Laurel Hill. Facilitated by the Mohnton Professional Car Club (MPCC), the demonstrate this year moved almost two dozen hearses possessed by specialists like Duval. (“Proficient vehicle” is a term used to depict funeral hearses for sale and some different vehicles like limos and ambulances.)

“We do it just to show off our autos and show individuals hearses are flawless, how they’re made, and that you can have a wide range of fun with them,” MPCC’s executive Shawn Koenig let me know. Koenig, who had two hearses and one blossom vehicle (a vehicle that transports roses for a burial service) present, began the club eight years prior essentially to meet other funeral car proprietors. Today it flaunts 44 individuals, for the most part, spread crosswise over Pennsylvania and New Jersey, who claim a sum of 57 autos among them.

All over America, there is an astounding number of individuals who simply like hearses. The Professional Car Society (PCS), which flaunts an across the country enrollment of more than 1,000, will hold its very own yearly demonstrate this Saturday in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania; in May, funeral wagon proprietors accumulated in Asheville, North Carolina for a yearly get together facilitated by the National Hearse and Ambulance Association.

Everybody I met at Laurel Hill talked in the energetic, specialized method for specialists about their vehicles’ unmistakable styles, rich insides, and immense potential for customization. They’re simply vehicle individuals who happen to appreciate the one of a kind look of the long, smooth mentors—especially those made before the 2000s—and relish any chance to indicate them off.

“I got into it since it makes you feel not quite the same as the rest,” Ron Errickson, who went from New Jersey with his ’77 Superior Cadillac, let me know. “You don’t fit in. It gives you the consideration that you’ve constantly needed.” His is a white-on-white funeral car, rusted, yet obviously a truly uncommon find. It’s one of five vehicles he claims, yet the one, in particular, that has a phony skeleton in its traveler situate and another lying in a coffin, which does go with him during drives. A large number of the funeral wagon proprietors at the show claimed their own coffins, which they improved both all around.

“Most funeral wagon proprietors have a dim comical inclination, and the plan to stun individuals is particularly in the bleeding edge,” John Hoffert, who possesses a red-curtained, ’82 Cadillac S&S Fleetwood Brougham, let me know. “They may not le,t it out, however, it’s there.”

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Social affairs like the one in Laurel Hill are an opportunity to show off that funniness to individuals who truly get it and let a quite certain assortment of monstrosity banner fly. Unmistakably pulling out all the stops was Gary Schnabel of Colmar, Pennsylvania, who enhanced his white Cadillac with expert Trump decals and laid a Hillary Clinton model in his coffin. He’s named it his “Trump Train,” and has been driving it all through the race year to express his political perspectives.

Others lean toward subtler adornments like clever tags or banners decorated with “Burial service,” and some like to not pimp their rides at all. Nikki Maurer, for example—at 24, the club’s most youthful part—kept her ’84 Superior Sovereign Three-Way in a similar condition as when she gained it, allowing it’s too luxurious, steel-blue padded inside represent itself with no issue. It houses an uncommon component: an electric table that slides coffins all through its back, which replaces the rollers commonly incorporated with the floor to facilitate the assignment of manual stacking. It’s one of two hearses she possesses, the other being an ’88 Cadillac Eureka. While she tries to be a burial service chief, she says the vehicle’s relationship with death has little connection to her affection for hearses.

“It’s only a special vehicle to have—when individuals see it, they’re similar to, why?” she said. “I like to shock and confound individuals, to be bizarre. I’m an unusual individual, and I like odd things. This is only the huge kit n kaboodle of the entire oddness.”

Flight of The Silver Dart

2009 will mark the 100th anniversary of the first powered flight in Canada and the British Empire. Baddeck will play host to aviation enthusiasts from all over the world as they celebrate this centennial with events and activities throughout 2009 with supplements report.
The Silver Dart and the Birth of Canadian Aviation

On a cold morning in February, the vision of flying a powered aircraft for the first time in Canada came to be when the Silver Dart took to the air above the frozen waters of Baddeck Bay in Cape Breton, Nova Scotia.

This inaugural Canadian aviation feat on February 23rd, 1909 was the result of innovative thinking, entrepreneurial spirit, unrelenting determination and a talented team of experts.

When world-renowned and accomplished inventor Alexander Graham Bell decided to turn his gaze toward the skies and find a way for man to fly, it was based on a lifelong fascination with flight. His wife Mabel, knew if he were to realize his dream, he would have to enlist the help of like-minded men who were just as enthusiastic about flight but had other technological knowledge.

J.A.D. “Douglas” McCurdy, a friend of the Bell family and a mechanical engineer studying at the University of Toronto was the first to join Bell. He brought with him a fellow classmate, Frederick W. “Casey” Baldwin. Lieutenant Thomas Selfridge, an artillery officer with the United States Army and motorcycle engine manufacturer Glenn Curtiss rounded out the team.

Together, this group of men formed the Aerial Experiment Association with the financial backing of Mabel Bell and began building aircrafts and conducting experimental flights. It started with the Cygnet, a man-carrying massive tetrahedral kite designed by Bell followed by the airplanes or “aerodromes” as Bell called them, the Red Wing, the White Wing, the June Bug and then, the most advanced of them all, the Silver Dart.

A year and four months after the AEA was formed, the Silver Dart, piloted by Douglas McCurdy and under the watchful eyes of Bell, Baldwin and Curtiss, was brought onto the ice at Baddeck Bay.

McCurdy started the engine and volunteers on skates pushed it into position. The Silver Dart glided along the ice and finally lifted off to the astonishment of onlookers. It rose 9 metres into the air and flew for almost a kilometer and a half at 65 kilometres per hour. The first flight of a flying machine in Canada and the entire British Empire was a huge success.

2009 Events Listing

Flight of the Silver Dart, Baddeck 2009 Media Launch – August 15, 2008
Silver Dart Flight Centennial Anniversary – Feb. 20 – 24, 2009
Friday, February 20, 2009
Coin & Postage Stamp Unveiling
Student Assembly throughout Cape Breton-Victoria Regional School Board

Saturday, February 21, 2009
Centennial Gala Dinner & Community Celebrations with the Governor General of Canada & Representative of the British Royal Family

Sunday, February 22, 2009
Flypast of Golden Hawks and vintage civilian aircraft (CAPA)
Launch of National Aviation Art Exhibit, Alexander Graham Bell Museum
Community Events (Curling Bonspiel, Snowmobile Rally, etc.)

Monday, February 23, 2009 – National Aviation Day
Media Reception & Unveiling of Plaque
Flight of the Silver Dart Replica by Welland Aviation Group
Celebratory Fireworks

Think Tank Symposium – April 25 – 27, 2009
First Wednesday Night Think Tank for Symposium Presenters
Symposium #1

Think Tank Symposium #2 – May 20 – 22, 2009
Second Wednseday Night Thank Tank for Symposium Presenters
Symposium #2

Silver Dart Youth in Aviation – June 21 – 27, 2009
Youth in Aviation Week Activities
Silver Dart Air Show
Aviators Ball

Aerial Experiment Association Comes Alive in Baddeck – July & August, 2009
community activities
Silver Dart Cup, Bras d’Or Yacht Club Annual Regatta

Silver Dart Aviation Week – August 16 – 22, 2009
Simulators & Skyhawks
Aviation Day at the Alexander Graham Bell Museum – August 16th

Bell Kite Festival & Harvest Home Picnic – September 17 – 20, 2009
International Kite Makers Workshop
Kite Festival
Silver Dart Legacy Golf Tournament
Harvest Home Picnic, September 20th

“Building on the Spirit of the Silver Dart” Annual Innovation Conference –
October 1 – 3, 2009
this annual knowledge and technology conference would be aimed at various scientific, engineering, technology industry segments and groups
Baddeck and the AGB Museum would play hosts providing the motivation, locale, accommodations, logistical support but the industry or special interest group would provide the programming guidance and access to their audiences
The concept would be to become inspired by Bell and his work and the beautiful Baddeck area to promote progress and innovation in a particular industry or among an expert group

Think Tank Symposium #3 – November 18 – 20, 2009
Third Wednseday Night Thank Tank for Symposium Presenters
Symposium #3

Salute to the Silver Dart Centennial – December 31, 2009
Wrap-Up & Thank You Reception, Alexander Graham Bell Museum

In addition to the Sivler Dart Celebration, other events are happening across Canada as part of the Canadian Centennial of Flight. For more information, contact (we’ll get you this email or web address).