25/07/1909 Louis Blériot makes the first flight across the English Channel
Aviation history - Louis Blériot's flight across the English Channel
Louis Blériot 1909, traversée de la Manche
Bleriot XI 1909-2009
In 1909 Blériot became world-famous for making the first airplane flight across the English Channel, winning the prize of £1,000 offered by the Daily Mail newspaper. Blériot was also the first to make a working, powered, piloted monoplane and was the founder of a successful aircraft manufacturing company.