Levavasseur Antoinette
1909
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Levavasseur Antoinette

The Antoinette was one of the most striking French aircraft of the Pioneer Age. The elegant boat-shaped fuselage and the advanced fuel-injected eight-cylinder Antoinette engine showed the unconventional design thinking of Leon Levavasseur, a former artist.

On 19 July 1909 Hubert Latham tried to make the first aerial crossing of the English Channel with this Antoinette, but came down 13 km out.

Six days later Louis Bleriot's attempt succeeded.

Levavasseur Antoinette


Specification 
 CREW1
 ENGINE1 x "Antoinette", 40kW
 WEIGHTS
    Empty weight550 kg1213 lb
 DIMENSIONS
    Wingspan14.8 m49 ft 7 in
    Length11.8 m39 ft 9 in
    Wing area50.0 m2538.20 sq ft

Comments
leo rudnicki, 29.04.2009

Saw one fly at Reinbeck aerodrome. Tricky to fly with two sticks.

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