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Bleriot XI, 1914. Creator: Bleriot Aeronautique

Bleriot XI, 1914. Creator: Bleriot Aeronautique

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Bleriot XI, 1914. Creator: Bleriot Aeronautique

Tractor monoplane with one 50-horsepower Gnome seven-cylinder rotary engine. Wing warping laterial control. Castering landing gear. Natural finish overall with black markings. The Bleriot Type XI was designed primarily by Raymond Saulnier, but it was a natural evolution from earlier Bleriot aircraft, and one to which Louis Bleriot himself made substantial contributions. Bleriot achieved immortality in the Type XI on July 25, 1909, when he made the first airplane crossing of the English Channel, covering the 40 km (25 mi) between Calais and Dover in 36 minutes, 30 seconds. The Bleriot XI in the NASM collection was manufactured in 1914 and was powered by a 50-horsepower Gnome rotary engine. The airplane was purchased by the Swiss aviator John Domenjoz, a Bleriot company flight instructor. Domenjoz earned a reputation as one of the eras most celebrated stunt pilots, performing in major European cities and in North and South America through 1916, at which time he returned to France. Following wartime service as a civilian flight instructor both in France and the United States, Domenjoz made one final barnstorming tour with his Bleriot in 1919

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