Bleriot , Louis; Bleriot XI, 1909 Bleriot's Cross-Channel Aircraft. [photograph]


Collection Item Summary:

Louis Bleriot stands in the cockpit of his Bleriot XI monoplane (head on view from slightly to the right) making final preparations prior to his flight across the English Channel, July 25, 1909. A small crowd looks on from the right.

Collection Item Long Description:


  • Aeronautics
  • Air pilots
  • Airplanes

Data Source

National Air and Space Museum Archives

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Rol & Cie (Agence Rol)

Repository Loc.

National Air and Space Museum, Archives Division, MRC 322, Washington, DC, 20560



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