Thulin A / Bleriot XI

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Thulin A / Bleriot XI

A real piece of aviation history, an original Bleriot XI from 1909. The first flight across the English Channel was completed in one of these, almost exactly one hundred years ago on 25 July 1909. This one is owned by Mikael Carlson who will attempt a repeat of the journey on 25 July 2009.

His website (see link below) says that the Bleriot XI
“…was also the first aeroplane to cross the Alps, the first aeroplane to be used for military service and the first aeroplane to loop the loop.”

32 comments on “Thulin A / Bleriot XI
  1. ​favourite waste of time​ says:

    I love this shot — really reminds me of a dragon fly with those wings.. Looks like you pedal the thing… guess you crash when your legs get tired. 😀

  2. Tim Spicer Photography says:

    Saw him display it at Biggin Hill last year, rather him than me thats all i can say.

  3. Ian D B says:

    Yeah me and all. The old bomber crews referred to their Lancasters and Halifaxes as kites. This thing really does look like a kite on pram wheels. Would’ve liked to see it flying, though Saturday week there’ll be a chance to see.

  4. t0msk says:

    Wow, impressive stuff!

    Lovely shot too.

  5. SolarScot. says:

    Ian this guy is either brave or as nutty as a squirrels pocket!

  6. Corwin's Trumps says:

    Amazing to think that almost exactly 60 years later, man walked on the moon.

  7. Tech Owl says:

    Been watching a news item about this (I’m in Dover at the moment). There’s a memorial which is being cleaned in preparation. I understand he came down 20ft short. Carlson describes flying it as fighting every step of the way.

  8. sciencechicago says:

    What a cool shot! We love learning the science behind aviation – obviously they got the science right if it was the first to fly across the English Channel! I’m an admin for a group called Science Chicago, and we’d love to have this added to the group!

    Thanks and hope to hear from you,
    Holly & the Sci Chi Team

  9. Ian D B says:

    Thanks for the invite!

  10. Ian D B says:


    Hadn’t thought of that!

  11. loopyphotos says:

    Impressive shot of this historical aircraft!

  12. Red Baron Gallery © says:

  13. Jan Gunn says:

    Wow! Absolutely superb.

  14. redrocker_9 says:

    nice, it would be a great thing to see in the air!

  15. Never Was An Arrow II says:

    FIVE STAR Capture ☆☆☆☆☆

  16. pasujoba says:

    Lots to catch up on , this looks great .

  17. Billy Currie says:

    Aww fantastic, what a great looking old ship

  18. Lo Scorpione says:

    What an amazingly simple plane… Great capture Ian!
    I’m waiting to see you shot of it flying. It must be spine-chilling to actually see it arrive after the crossing. Too bad I won’t be able to see, I’ll be on a plane myself.

    Seen on your photo stream. (?)

  19. davesbit says:

    very cool, great shot!
    (seen on explore)

  20. stuant63 says:

    Would love to see one of these in the air.

  21. Gary Shield says:

    Great shot Ian…the Bleriot memorial near to Dover Castle is under renovation…well according to a TV programme last Thursday eve on ITV1! Have seen the sign for the memorial everytime we go to the White Cliffs, but not yet ventured down there…must do.

  22. smilla4 says:

    Wonderful shot!

  23. Ozgurmulazimoglu says:

    Hi, I’m an admin for a group called L’amicizia fa la differenza – Friendship makes the difference, and we’d love to have this added to the group!

  24. *Psycho Delia* says:

    wonderful capture.. thanks for all the info too..

    Thank you for sharing with ClanFlickr

  25. iamNigelMorris says:

    Love this one. Great shot.
    Thank you for sharing in L’amicizia fa la differenza – Friendship makes the difference

  26. SBA73 says:

    Impressive replica!!!

    123 history

  27. Ian D B says:

    Thanks again folks. This is no replica tho!

  28. f0rbe5 says:

    Beautifully done. Seen in 1-2-3-History.

  29. richardr says:

    Best of luck to him!

    1-2-3 History

  30. Tony-H says:

    I see on this morning’s news it made it’s Anniversary crossing … a great day, and what a long way we’ve come in just 100 years !

  31. greendragonflygirl says:

    Wow – what a treat to be able to see this, thanks for sharing. Looks like it’s been kept in perfect condition!

  32. PPL 2A says:

    Belle image.

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