Louis Bleriot and the First Airplane
to Cross the English Channel
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Hand-Colored Lithograph Signed (“L. Bleriot”). Entitled “Louis Bleriot passes the White Cliffs of Dover in May, 1909.” Lithograph published by the Wright Aeronautical Corporation, 1928. Showing the Bleriot XI craft in flight, with a fountain pen inscription “To Mr. Guy W. Vaughan, L. Bleriot.” The month of May is crossed out and corrected to July in Bleriot’s hand. 15” x 17 ½”.
Louis Bleriot (1872-1936) was the first aviator to cross the English Channel in a heavier-than-air craft on July 25, 1909; winning a contest sponsored by the London Daily Mail.