Initial thoughts

The intial idea to build a Bleriot XI and replicate the Channel Crossing was born some 15 years ago after a visit to the Musée de l'air et de l'espace in Paris (Le Bourget).

There it was, hanging on the ceiling, a dream, which for years, seemed lightyears away. Having no experience in building, no plans and worst of all no money at that time, many people did not take the project for a serious idea.

Years later with this project still in my head, money and time was not a factor anymore. But still no builder skills.

This is when I met Robert Baslee of Airdrome Aeroplanes (Holden, Missouri, USA). We had been in contact over other projects like the N28 he is offering as kit.

Bleriot XI in the Musée de l'air Paris

3/4 scale Bleriot XI replica by Robert Baslee

It was the year 2008. We met at Oshkosh. I was sniffing around his 3/4 scale Bleriot. I was 'intercepted' at Rob's aircraft by a legend. Dick Starks of the famous Kansas City Dawn Patrol. He noticed straight away that I was hot for a Bleriot. So he called Rob on his mobile. Only seconds later Rob was ready to answer all my questions.

Well, it took us some weeks to sort it all out. But by november 21st 2008. I was standing in Rob's shop in Holden, Missouri ready to work on my dream. Rob was as fascinated by the idea to cross the Channel in a replica Bleriot XI as I was. But the best of all, it was to be on the very same date exactly 100 years after Louis Bleriot. Wow.

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