100 years of first flight across Channel

26th July 2009, Comments 0 comments

A restored original of the plane in which Frenchmen Louis Blériot first crossed the English Channel exactly 100 years ago has repeated the aviator's historic feat.

Calais - A restored original of the plane in which Frenchmen Louis Blériot first crossed the English Channel exactly 100 years ago has repeated the aviator's historic feat.
 
It took the wood-and-cloth monoplane dating from 1934, identical to the one flown in 1909, 40 minutes to make the crossing from Calais in northwestern France to the Channel port of Dover. In 1909, it took Blériot three minutes less.

Pilot Edmond Salis expressed profound admiration for Blériot, who, he said, faced enormous uncertainty, as no one had ever done it before him.

Later on Saturday, around 300 French, British and Belgian pillots will fly across the Channel in microlight aircraft, seen as the closest modern equivalent to Blériot's plane.

Radio Netherlands / Expatica

 

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