Photographer's Note

After the Blériot XI-2, now the first one, the Blériot XI, the model which made the first Channel Crossing (if you want to see the original one, go and see my Arts et Métiers travelogue). This one, has you will see in the note below, was specially built in 1921 to be offered to Louis Blériot by his workers, and is the oldest of the collection. Morevover, it made another Channel crossing piloted by Jean- Baptiste Salis (the starter of the collection), to commemorate the first crossing.
Main view is a front one, taken between the wings of the two replicas of Fokker DR1, the red on the right (alrready posted) and a brown on the left (to be posted).
In workshop, a side/back view more classical.

And the extract from the Amical website:
Blériot XI
ENGINE : Potez 3 cylindre - 60HP
The Blériot XI is most well-known for being the first aircraft to cross the Channel back in 1909, and is the favorite aircraft of the Amicale Jean-Baptiste Salis. This particular aircraft is the eldest of the collection. It has been restored in 1955 by Jean-Baptiste Salis.
This Blériot XI was the last built the craftmen of Blériot factory, and was built at their expense to be offered to Louis Blériot in 1921.
After its restoration in 1955, Jean-Baptiste Salis repeats Blériot's achievement and crosses the Channel with this aircraft for the commemoration of the Entente Cordiale. He then becomes the "pilot of remembrance". He will do this flight once again four year later for the fiftieth anniversary of the crossing.
Since its construction in 1921, only fabric covering has been changed.
Registration : F-AZBA

A very nice Sunday to all.

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