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1912 Bleriot XI Reproduction

Completed in 2002, this reproduction Bleriot XI monoplane was built in the College Park Aviation Museum's own restoration shop. It was crafted by volunteers under the direction of the restoration shop manager, from drawings originally published by John Rozendaal in 1912. Designed and built by Louis Bleriot, the Bleriot Type XI was the first heavier-than-air craft to be flown across the English Channel. After its plans were published in 1912, the Bleriot became one of the most copied airplane designs. After the National Aeroplane Company established operations at the College Park Airport, it became the authorized agent for the manufacture and sale of Bleriot aircraft in the Washington, DC region. In an effort to sell Bleriots to the U.S. Army, the Moisant Company sent Bernetta Miller to showcase the aeroplane's capabilities to officials at the field. At this nascent stage of aeronautical design, the Army was not convinced of the monoplane's safety, and it opted not to purchase any Bleriots.

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