William Wallace Gibson created the first Canadian-built airplane.
- Born in 1876 at Dalmellington, Scotland.
- Resided in Balgonie, Saskatchewan
- Died in 1965 in San Francisco, California.
The engine from this historic plane is located in the National Aviation Museum in Ottawa. A replica of the airplane is located in the Smithsonian Museum in New York, and the BC Aviation Museum in Victoria.
A full-scale replica of the Gibson Twin-plane at the BC Aviation Museum.
A second aircraft, the Multi-Plane (with 4 narrow sprucewood wings), is reported to have flown successfully the following year near Calgary before being wrecked in a crash.
Gibson was the subject of the 1991 stop-motion animated short The Balgonie Birdman.
Balgonie is a town located in south-eastern Saskatchewan. It was first settled in 1876 by Scottish settlers and was established before the Canadian Pacific Railway (CPR) arrived in 1882.
Postcard: Kings hotel in Balgonie SK, 1914
Saskatchewan Trip 2016