Louis Blériot of France

On this day in 1909… Louis Blériot of France, flies his Blériot No.XI monoplane from Les Baraques to Dover, England in 37 minutes, makes the first airplane crossing of the English Channel.

The event increases public and government awareness of the possible military aspects of the airplane. It also earned Louis a $1000 prize.

But, I don’t think he did it for the money. 

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