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 a 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. It successfully flew a test flight on Thursday 21 March 2019 after a period of engine maintenance.

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



Plane Resurrection: Series 3 (2019, Nik Coleman TV)

WW1 Uncut: Combat in the Skies (2014: Dir Nathan Williams Ballista Media) with Dan Snow

IWM (2014) – engine audio recorded

Flyboys (2006) Dir. Tony Bill

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