Bleriot crosing the English Channel in his monoplane, 1909.
© Science Museum / Science & Society Picture Library
Chromolithograph by W d'Ertahial, showing the first Channel crosing by aeroplane made by French aviator Louis Bleriot (1872-1936). Bleriot took off from Les Barraques, Calais, France, on 25 July 1909, in his self-made 'Type XI' 25 hp monoplane, and made the crosing to Dover, Kent, in approximately 37 minutes. The picture shows the monoplane flying low above the waves of the English Channel near Calais, pasing a steamer on its way. Bleriot claimed a £1000 prize from the Daily Mail for his achievement.