Blériot XI history

The first Bleriot XI was built at the end of 1908 and was presented at the XI Salon de l'automobile in december 1908.

The Bleriot XI performed its maiden flight in Issy-les-Moulineaux on january 23rd 1909. This aeroplane had an R.E.P. engine of some 28 HP. The first aeroplane had a special aerodynamic panel above the fuselage which was removed later on. The R.E.P. engine drove a four blade metal propeller. On the next versions the R.E.P. engine was exchanged by an ANZANI engine of some 25 HP which drove a two blade Chauvière propeller.

The Bleriot XI made its way into the history books when Louis Bleriot used it to achive the first successfull crossing of the English Channel on July 25th 1909.

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