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25/07/1909 Louis Blériot makes the first flight across the English Channel

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Aviation history - Louis Blériot's flight across the English Channel

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Louis Blériot 1909, traversée de la Manche

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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.
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