|RECORD AIRCRAFT||Virtual Aircraft Museum / France / Bleriot|
By the beginning of August 1914 over 800 aeroplanes of 40 different types had been produced by the Bleriot works. Shortly after this the factory at Suresnes was built. By the end of the war these were turning out 18 aeroplanes a day. Parallel with the development of the Societe Bleriot, Louis Bleriot helped organise the famous Societe Spad and during the war these two companies were amalgamated. After the Armistice aircraft appeared as both Bleriot and Bleriot-Spad types. The Bleriot 110 first flew on 16 May 1930 and was a high-wing monoplane with enclosed accommodation for two. Also known as the 'Bleriot Zappata', it was one of a number of special aircraft built for record breaking, ordered by the French government. Between 26 February and 1 March 1931 it flew 8,822km in a closed circuit. Other records were subsequently achieved.