First International Air Meeting

The First International Air Meeting in the world took place in Lakeside, today’s sector of Pointe-Claire, from June 24 to July 2, 1910. Farmland north of the Terra Cotta Works Company was rented for the occasion. The event was subsidized by the "Automobile and Aero Club", a private group of automobile lovers.

A grandstand was erected on the site. It was 1,100 feet long by 40 feet high. A platform at Lakeside station was also built. Over 10,000 people attended the event.

Thus, the size of the crowd and the daredevil nature of the event required, for safety, the presence of 50 Montreal policemen and a squadron of the Royal Canadian Dragoons, including 15 officers, 60 men and 50 horses. Among the highlights of the First Congress were dirigible flights, parachute jumps, air-attack simulations and, the pièce de résistance, the participation of European and American flight pioneers.

Early in the evening of July 2, 1910, Count de Lesseps, in his Bleriot monoplane (called "Le Scarabee" – The Scarab), undertook the first flight from Lakeside, along the river, towards Montreal. He glided over the Montreal city center and around the mountain before returning to his point of departure, having covered a distance of 35 miles in 49 minutes, a speed of 40 miles per hour.

Walter Brookins, of the Wright Brothers group, then went on to set a Canadian altitude record on board the Wright biplane.

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