Control mechanism of Bleriot monoplane, 1909.

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Control mechanism of Bleriot monoplane, 1909.

French aviator Louis Bleriot (1872-1936) made the first cross-Channel heavier-than-air flight in his No XI monoplane on 25 July 1909. Though his small, air-cooled three-cylinder Anzani motor was barely adequate for the task, he bravely pressed on, landing in Dover to immense acclaim. Bleriot was one of the pioneers of the standard-control layout still used today and patented his system in 1908.

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Science Museum/Science & Society Picture Library
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20 October 2003 12:07
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