|Lt Col D J Goodspeed The Armed Forces of Canada 1867-1967 Queens Printer Ottawa 1967|
Many Canadian boys in 1915 and 1916 received preliminary instruction at the Curtiss Flying School, Toronto before joining the British Flying services. One of the three Curtiss flying boats operated by the school in 1915 is shown over Toronto harbour.
Glenn Curtiss had only developed the flying boat 3 years earlier with his Flying Fish, after he modified the boat-type hull with a step to reduce friction on takeoff. At this point Canada had just one military aircraft.