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Issue Date: 15/08/2009
Issue Name: 100th Anniversary of the First Cross Channel Flight by Blériot Coin
Producer: Buckingham Covers
2009 was the 100th Anniversary of that famous flight and on the 25th July, the world's attention turned to Dover, Kent. Among the many events that took place over the anniversary weekend, there was an historic recreation of Blériot's flight across the English Channel.
This superb commemorative coin cover holds a genuine 1909 penny and bears an EXCLUSIVE Blériot stamp and label from our Blériot stamp sheet. It has been postmarked in Dover, on the anniversary day (25th July 2009). It features a genuine French stamp and Calais postmark (25th July, 2009), and has a stunning photograph of a Blériot XI aircraft.
Our main signed coin cover is signed by Mikael Carlson, the Bleriot pilot who flew his replica plane as part of the weekend celebrations. it is also available signed by Henk van Hoorn, double signed by Mikael Carlson and Henk van Hoorn, or triple signed by Mikael Carlson, Henk van Hoorn and Amicale Jean-Baptiste Salis.
Louis Blériot 1872 - 1936
Louis Blériot was a very keen inventor, aircraft designer and self trained pilot. He studied engineering in Paris, then invented automobile headlamps, creating a successful business. With the money he made from this, he decided to experiment with towed gliders.
1909. Aviation history was made. Louis Blériot became the first man to fly across the English Channel to Dover in his famous aircraft. The sheer courage it took, the craziness of the idea, the elation at his success ... these are all emotions that we struggle to understand today.
But think back 100 years. The FIRST EVER aeroplane flight had only happened just 6 years earlier. Bleriot's plane was made of canvas and barely fully constructed.
The challenge to fly across the Channel was set by Alfred Harmsworth, the owner of the Daily Mail. He offered a staggering £1,000 prize to the first person to fly a plane over the English Channel from Calais to Dover.
The competition was considered a hoot. People thought it was a ridiculous idea that one of these creaky contraptions could fly across the English Channel. In fact, Punch Magazine did a spoof competition to take the mickey, offering a prize of £10,000 for the first flight to Mars!
And even if someone did the impossible, Blériot wasn't tipped to win. He had a reputation for being eccentric and rather clumsy!
But in his "Blériot XI" aeroplane powered only by a 25HP engine, Louis Blériot flight from Calais, covered around 27 miles in 37 minutes and landed safely at Northfall Meadow near Dover Castle on the morning of 25th July 1909. It was a flight which put him in the history books.
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