Bleriot  XI

bleriot 140x93Frenchman 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.

Country: France

Manufacturer: Bleriot

Engine: Anzani Three Cylinder

Horsepower: 25 hp

Max Speed: 75.6 mph

Weight: 1838 lbs

Ceiling: 3280 feet

Wing Span: 25ft 7in

Length: 25ft

Height: 8ft 10in

Crew: One

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


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is the restoration & maintenance & facility for the
Military Aviation Museum.

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The new hangar was recently built in April 2011 on the grounds of the Virginia Beach Airport adjacent to the Museum

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We employ a team of 15 highly skilled and experienced aviation technicians to ensure our aircraft remain safely in flight operational status. Meeting all FAA standards as required

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In addition to aircraft maintenance, Fighter Factory staff are also involved in much of the aircraft restoration projects, either on-site or at remote locations.

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Whenever new aircraft are acquired for the museum it is the responsibility of Fighter Factory staff to become technically proficient and knowledgeable in that particular aircraft. To ensure flight safety for pilots & ground crew

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