BLERIOT LA PLAGE
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NOTES ON BLERIOT LA PLAGE
Situated on the southern outskirts of Calais, Blériot is so named to commemorate the historic first crossing, by flight, of the English Channel.
On July 19th 1909 Hubert Latham attempted a crossing only to ditch his plane into the channel after his engine failed.
Six days later, at dawn, Louis Blériot prepared himself.
Walking on crutches, due to a burn to his foot in an earlier incident, he gave his crew the signal to release his small wood and fabric aeroplane.
After a clean take off he soon out paced his naval escort ship, Escopette, which carried his wife Alicia.
Travelling at just over 40mph, at an altitude of 250ft, it was thirty six minutes after his departure that he finally placed his plane on English soil, near Dover Castle.
His daring effort was rewarded with the prize of £1,000 from the London Daily Mail.
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