In honor of Louis Blériot

Articles listed under: English Channel

Special Cable to The Washington Post

Special Cable to The Washington Post London, July 25, 1909 — Bleriot's own account of his exploit, which will appear in the Daily Mail tomorrow, is graphic. He says: "It is more important to be the first to cross the channel by aeroplane than to have won the prize of 1,000 pounds. I am more than happy that I have crossed the channel. At first I promised my wife that I would not make the attempt. Then I determined that if one failed I would be the first to come, and I am here... "At 4:30 daylight had come... A light breeze from the southwest was beginning to blow. The air was clear. Everything was prepared. I was dressed in a kh.......................... READ FULL ARTICLE

Centenary of his flight across the English Channel

[caption id="attachment_101" align="alignleft" width="150" caption="louis bleriot 1909"][/caption] 1909 was a time where the aircraft was still in diapers. Have spent a few years shy but momentous flight originating in the global aviation, led by the American brothers Orville and Wilbur Wright on December 17, 1903 at Kitty Hawk beach, and enthusiasts of the conquest of the sky with airplanes propelled by motors struggle to go back ever further away. Existing aircraft then have nothing to do with their successors. Machines are usually produced by its own pilots, just light frames, coated fabric, fitted with engines of very low power, lo.......................... READ FULL ARTICLE

Luois Blériot, history of an obsession

Blériot began his lifelong obsession with aviation when he visited a local exhibition and saw Clement Ader's early, bat-wing shaped plane. Inspired by the strange looking craft, he began to build, test, and crash numerous planes of his own over the next nine years. Rather than follow one type of design for his planes, Blériot worked by trial and error - working first with gliders, then box-kite biplanes, and finally with monoplanes. By 1909, with his finances drained, Blériot finally produced a plane which didn't immediately crash, the Blériot XI. In a marketing ploy to increase its circulation, the "Daily Mail" newspaper of London of.......................... READ FULL ARTICLE

Cross the English Channel using a single jet-propelled wing

A Swiss adventurer will today make a record-breaking attempt to become the first person to fly solo across the English Channel using a single jet-propelled wing.  [caption id="attachment_32" align="alignleft" width="363" caption="First man cross channel in jet"][/caption] Yves Rossy, known as Fusionman, will jump from a plane more than 8,200ft (2,500m) above ground, then fire up jets on his homemade wing and soar across one of the world's busiest shipping lanes. The 49 year old is hoping to make the flight from Calais to Dover  just after 1pm BST after suffering a setback earlier this week when poor weather conditions postponed his.......................... READ FULL ARTICLE

Louis Charles Joseph Bleriot

Our 1909 Louis Charles Joseph Blériot is a frail spindly looking monoplane, which has led a most adventurous life. The Bleriot in my life has flown the English Channel in both directions; the Catalina Channel; over the San Francisco-Oakland, Transbay Bridge; in England, Canada, France, and about half of the states in the United States. Over the years it has served me in much the same reliable way as our versatile present-day aircraft, although I am sure it is responsible for giving me more gray hairs than all the business planes in the alphabet, from Alpha to Zebra. Louis Bleriot was in many ways as interesting as the airplane. The .......................... READ FULL ARTICLE