In honor of Louis Blériot

Articles tagged with: English Channel

Bleriot XI a mythical plane

With a length of 8 meters, the fuselage of the Blériot XI was built in oak and poplar cross string piano. The wings of a scale of 7.80 meters, were structured by two massive beams. Each wing is secured by steel straps to a cabin in central steel tube, all the wings were covered with cloth. The landing gear wire gauge is equipped with shock absorbers to sandows resting on three wheels and steerable radio. The 3-cylinder engine developing 20 hp Anzani moved bladed wooden propeller Chauviére diameter of 2.08 meters In order to fly, with a weight of 300 kg, the device reached a speed of 58 km / h. Crossin.......................... 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

First Fly English Channel – Louis Blériot

Blog about First Fly English Channel - Louis Blériot Blériot had two rivals for the prize, both of whom failed to reach the goal. The first was Hubert Latham, a French national of English extraction. He was favored by both the United Kingdom and France to win. He had arrived first and attempted to fly across on 19 July of that year, but 10 km from the shore at Dover he developed engine trouble and was forced to make a sea landing. The other pilot, Charles de Lambert, was a Russian aristocrat with French ancestry, and one of Wilbur Wright's students. However, Lambert was injured in a major crash during a test, forcing him to quit the comp.......................... READ FULL ARTICLE

Genuine Bleriot to cross Channel

The collection owns a genuine Bleriot Type XI, built in 1909 by Louis Bleriot himself. The aircraft is in wholly original condition, aside from having been re-covered, and having a small main undercarriage modification; and has its original Anzani 3 cylinder motor. The aircraft has been in Shuttleworth hands since 1935 and has been maintained in flying condition since 1936, when it was flown by Richard Shuttleworth himself at the Royal Air Force Display. Since then it has appeared at many air displays both before and after the Second World War. Because of the low power and the uncertainty that the motor will continue to run for more than .......................... READ FULL ARTICLE