Bleriot VII


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Bleriot VII

Prior to the successful English Channel crossing in the Bleriot XI, Louis Bleriot designed and built a number of predecessors. Bleriot V was the first to achieve sustained flight, but the VII may be viewed as the forerunner of later tractor-propelled monoplanes. It had a covered fuselage and engine, and used tailplane elevons as a control surface. Bleriot VII made six flights in 1907, but was lost in an accident in December of that year. Bleriot IX was a variation on the VII and utilized tandem horizontal tail surfaces. Before moving on to the renowned XI, Bleriot experimented with Bleriot X, of a similar configuration to Wright brothers' designs.

 ENGINE1 x Antoinette 50hp 8-cylinder water-cooled piston engine
  Wingspan11.00 m36 ft 1 in
  Length8.00 m26 ft 3 in
  Height2.75 m9 ft 0 in
  Cruise speed80 km/h50 mph

Maggi, e-mail, 05.11.2009 04:52

I have a photo may be the factory of Bleriot. The infomation was given to me be Micheal Benichou. The reverse the picture say Saulnier 1909. I also have picture of a prop and with bluprints of what lookd like Bleriot is plan. however when you magnify it they say Sauliner I'm wondering if they over these two overlapped in there plans?
If you can give a proper email I will could send these to you. Thanks for your help.


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