Blériot XI

Bl&eacuteriot XI at the New England Air Museum


Type:   Civil tourer / military monoplane
Crew:   1
First Flight:   
Length:   23' 3”
Height:   9' 4”
Wingspan:   23' 6”
Rotor Diameter:   
Empty Weight:   400 lbs.
Gross Weight:   
Cruise Speed:   40 mph
Maximum Speed:   
Service Ceiling:   ~3,000'
Powerplant:   Detroit Aero 2-Cylinder
Year:   1911
Serial No.:   
Registration:   N9781
Location:   Civil Hangar

Gift of the United Technologies Corporation

The XI was the first extensively produced airplane and symbolizes the beginning of the aircraft manufacturing industry. After Louis Bériot's 1909 flight across the English Channel, this model, produced in several countries, was the most popular of the pioneer aircraft.

This example, built by Ernest Hall, a Cleveland aviation figure, flew until 1917 when it was damaged. It had several owners and was restored to flight status by Shirley Wardle in 1966. He flew it until 1975. Wardle installed a 65 hp Continental engine but saved all the original parts. It was damaged again in the tornado which hit the museum and was restored using the original parts including the rare Detroit Aero engine.

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