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Blériot XI Bomber Plane

The Blériot XI is best known for Louis Blériot's record flight across the English channel on the 25 July 1909 but is rarely recognised for it's high historical relevancy to military aviation. The first Blériot XIs entered military service in 1910 and in 1911 became the first aircraft to be used in war during the Italo-Turkish war in North Africa, it was also possibly the World's first bomber during this conflict. Blériot XI aeroplanes became a popular "first plane" for many nations and eventually operated with the military forces of no less than twenty four different countries.

Blériot XI Bomber Plane


At the outbreak of WW1, eight French, six British and six Italian squadrons operated the Blériot XI, they were used as trainers, observation platforms and also as a 25 Kg light bomber (hand-thrown).

Blériot XI Specifications:

  • Crew: Pilot or pilot and observer
  • Length: 7.62 m (25 ft 0 in)
  • Wingspan: 7.79 m (25 ft 7 in)
  • Height: 2.69 m (8 ft 10 in)
  • Wing area: 14 m2 (150 sq ft)
  • Empty weight: 230 kg (507 lb)
  • Engine: Single 25-30 hp air-cooled Anzani 3-cyl radial Fan piston engine or Anzani 6-cyl radial on later aircraft
  • Propeller: 2-bladed Chauvičre Intégrale, 2.08 m (6 ft 10 in) diameter
  • Maximum speed: 75.6 km/h (47.0 mph; 40.8 kn)
  • Service ceiling: 1,000 m (3,281 ft)

Blériot XI Armament:

  • Bombs: Up to 25 Kg thrown by hand!

RFC Bleriot XI during WW1

RFC Bleriot XI during WW1

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