1909 Blériot XI

The Collection’s exhibit

Used by the Blériot Flying School at Hendon in 1910, after a heavy crash the remains were sold for scrap merchant and bought by A E Grimmer of Ampthill. He rebuilt the aircraft and taught himself to fly on it from Bedford polo ground.

It was then put into store during WWI where it remained until acquired by Richard Shuttleworth in 1935 and rebuilt as his first historic aeroplane.

The Blériot was completely overhauled and re-covered in our workshops during the winter of 2008/9 and as our machine is the world’s oldest aeroplane and aero-engine combination in flying condition.

shuttleworth_discovery_sqsmall It is one of the four aircraft featured in the Shuttleworth Discovery app

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