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Royal Flying Corps Bleriot XI-2 T-shirt by Dennis Melling

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My drawing in the vector format (no auto trace/copy) of a Royal Flying Corps Bleriot in 1914-1916.
None of my images may be reproduced, copied, edited, published, or uploaded without my permission.

Source of Bleriot reference photo used is an unknown RAF photographer
This reference photograph is an artistic work created by the United Kingdom Government and is in the public domain.

The Bleriot XI monoplane was the culmination of five years of hard work by Louis Bleriot. He personally flew this classic airplane on 25th July 25 1909, crossing the English Channel in just 36 minutes. The military implications of his flight were immediately apparent: England was no longer an island.

At the moment of his landing, Bleriot became the most celebrated man in Europe, and a flood of orders came in for copies of his delicate-looking Bleriot XI with its distinctive, uncovered rear fuselage.

The Bleriot XI was just as successful when flown by other pilots, and it was a rare air meet in Europe that did not feature a Bleriot XI among the prizewinning aircraft. By 1913, Louis Bleriot’s factories had delivered no less than 800 examples of the Bleriot XI, an amazing production run for the time, especially for an aircraft priced at about $5,000.

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