On this day in 1907 at Baddeck, Cape Breton Island, Thomas Selfridge took the first recorded flight in Canada of a heavier-than-air machine. He was lifted into the air by a tetrahedral kite, Cygnet I, which had been designed and constructed by Alexander Graham Bell and funded by his wife Mabel. The kite, made of 3,393 winged cells, took Selfridge 51m (168 ft) in the air above Bras d’Or Lake. The flight lasted for seven minutes and the aircraft eventually crashed. Luckily the pilot was not seriously injured.