Cartoon of Louis Bleriot, 1909.
© Science Museum / Science & Society Picture Library
This cartoon was drawn by Dudley Hardy for the Doncaster Aviation Meeting Souvenir Programme from 15-23 October 1909, the First Flying Meeting in England. Bleriot (1872-1936) made his fortune through manufacturing acetylene headlamps for motor cars but he is famous for being the first person to fly acros the English Channel, from Calais to Dover, in his Bleriot type XI 24HP monoplane on 25 July 1909. He later became an aircraft manufacturer and his company built the famous SPAD fighter aircraft which was flown by all the Allied Nations during WW1.