Louis Bleriot, French aviator, c 1910s.
4 0 c m
 
29cm
actual image size: 21cm x 32cm

Louis Bleriot, French aviator, c 1910s.

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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.
 

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