Frenchman Louis Bleriot was intrigued by the possibility of flight ever since seeing experimental flying machines at the 1900 Paris Exhibition. Described as enthusiastic if not much of a planner, Bleriot built ten aircraft (all failures) including perhaps the most interesting failure – the wing-flapping “ornithopter”.
In 1908, the Daily Mail offered a prize of one thousand pounds sterling for the first person to cross the English Channel. Bleriot collaborated with Raymond Saulnier on the construction of the model XI, which first flew at the Paris Air Show in 1908.
The model XI was the worlds first successful monoplane, and Bleriot became the most celebrated man in Europe in 1909 by crossing the channel in bad weather, without even a compass , and “landing” in England after a flight of just under 37 minutes.
Engine: Anzani Three Cylinder
Horsepower: 25 hp
Max Speed: 75.6 mph
Weight: 1838 lbs
Ceiling: 3280 feet
Wing Span: 25ft 7in
Height: 8ft 10in
Fighter Factory operates and mainatins many WWII & WWI flying military aircraft including:
Fighters | Bombers | Trainers |Liaison & Other historical Military antiques
Spitfire | P-51 Mustang | Hawker Hurricane | TMB Avenger | P-40 Curtiss | PBY Catalina | FG-1D | SNJ-2 | T28-D | Corsair | Polikarpov PO-2 | Polikarpov I-15bis | Polikarpov I-16 Rata | Polikarpov I-163 | YAK | A-26 Invader | Junkers JU-52 | Sopwith Strutter | Tiger Moth DH-82A | SPAD SXIII | FM-2 Wildcat | Stearman N2S-3 | AD-4 Skyraider | Alabtros D.Va | Beechcraft T-34B | Bell P-63 | Bleriot X1 | Peashooter P26-D | Jungmeister 133C | Chipmunk DGC-1 | WACO YMF-5 | V1 Flying Bomb | Focke Wolfe FW-44J | Fokker Tri-Planes | Fokker Bi-Planes | Halberstadt | TG-4A | Russian LA-9 | Nieuport model 11 |
The above list is incomplete and we have more aircraft available at the museum
Fighter Factory – 1341 Princess Anne Road, Virginia Beach, Virginia, 23457