Blériot in England
Blériot with a representative of the Daily Mail. Unlike Hubert Latham, Blériot took the precaution of making sure his plane would float in the event of a forced landing. He fitted a rubber air bag in the fuselage behind the pilot's cockpit. The tip of the cylindrical bag can be seen clearly in this photo. The Blériot XI is actually pointing south - a result of the gusty conditions that caught Louis Blériot as he came over the cliffs. The landing ground was Northfall Meadow just a few hundred yards from Dover Castle. The Tricoleur flag is firmly planted between the fuselage members.


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