The French aviation pioneer Louis Bleriot achieved a unique place in aviation history by making the first crossing of the English Channel in a powered aircraft (his Type XI monoplane) on July 25,1909. This success resulted in the
Bleriot XI ''La Manche''
XI "La Manche"
formation of the above company to produce the Type XI monoplane, and many significant flights were made with these aircraft. Aircraft of this type, and derivatives such as the Parasol, served with the French forces, the RFC and RNAS at the beginning of the First World War, as well as with other air arms. In post-war years took over the SPAD interests and built many examples of these aircraft.

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