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The Planes: 1909 Bleriot XI

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Length: 25' 8"
Wingspan: 28' 8"
Weight (empty): 500 lbs.

Construction Materials: Wood and fabric, braced with wire
Builder: Bleriot-Aeronautique, Paris, France
Cost: Approximately $4,500
Number Built: Approximately 300
Engine Type: Gnome, 7-cylinder, 50-horsepower, rotary, air-cooled internal combustion engine
Engine Builder: Probably Societé de Moteurs de Gnome et Rhone, Paris, France, but possibly built under license in England, Italy or the United States.
Configuration: 1-pilot tractor monoplane
Maximum Speed: 50 m.p.h.

Nine Hours to Takeoff
The Bleriot XI was a very popular plane because it could be shipped anywhere and then assembled from drawings in about nine hours. This was the smallest, lightest plane built to date. The pilot sat out in the open, without a seat belt or safety restraints.




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