Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Louis Blériot traverse la Manche!

Crossing the Cliffs of Dover.  The actual weather was reported to be 'turbulent'.
Postcards of the first crossing of the English Channel/La Manche by aeroplane (a trip which took 37 minutes), piloted by French aviator Louis Charles Joseph Blériot (1 July 1872 – 2 August 1936) on 25 July 1909 for which he won a prize of £1,000 offered by the Daily Mail newspaper.  As well as an aviator, he was an inventor and engineer, and he developed the first practical headlamp for cars and established a profitable business manufacturing and making them, using much of the money he made to finance his attempts to build successful aircraft.

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