Blériot, Louis


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Blériot, Louis

Blériot, Louis (lwē blārēōˈ), 1872–1936, French aviator and inventor. He devoted the fortune acquired by his invention of an automobile searchlight to the invention and construction of monoplanes. After making several short-distance records, he was the first to cross (July 25, 1909) the English Channel in a heavier-than-air machine.
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Blériot, Louis

 

Born July 1, 1872, in Cambrai; died Aug. 1, 1936, in Paris. French engineer, airplane designer, and pilot; a pioneer in aviation.

In 1900, Blériot began to build gliders and ornithopters, and in 1906, airplanes. In 1908 he completed an airplane flight over a course of 14 km, and in 1909 he made the first flight across the English Channel. Airplanes using Blériot’s system were subsequently in wide use in French aviation.

REFERENCES

Rubel-Blériot, S. “Blériot—My Father,” parts 1–2. Air Trails Pictorial, vol. 24, 1945, nos. 1–2.
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