Louis Blériot

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Louis Blériot
Louis Charles Joseph Blériot
BirthplaceCambrai, France
Inventor and engineer
Known for First heavier-than-air flight across the English Channel, first working monoplane

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.


Rubel-Blériot, S. “Blériot—My Father,” parts 1–2. Air Trails Pictorial, vol. 24, 1945, nos. 1–2.
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Louis Bleriot being greeted by his wife, Alice <B Vedere, after his historic flight across the English channel in 1909
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1909: French aviator, Louis Bleriot, made his first Channel crossing in an aeroplane he designed himself.
1909: Louis Bleriot, pictured, became the first man to fly across the Channel.
1909: Louis Bleriot (pictured) became the first man to fly across the Channel, flying his three-cylinder monoplane from near Calais to Northfall Meadow near Dover Castle.
The 89-year-old from Shirley spent nearly an hour in blustering winds crossing from Calais to Dover as part of the centenary celebrations of the first cross-Channel flight by Louis Bleriot in July.
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