Blériot X

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The incomplete Blériot X at the 1908 Paris Salon de l'Automobile et de l'Aéronautique
Role Experimental aircraft
Manufacturer Louis Blériot
Status never completed
Produced 1908
Number built 1

The Blériot X was an unfinished early French aeroplane by Louis Blériot. Its design was quite unlike anything else he had built and was modelled closely on the successful aircraft of the Wright brothers: a pusher biplane with elevators and rudders carried on outriggers. After exhibiting it at the Salon de l'Automobile et de l'Aéronautique in Paris in December 1908, Bleriot abandoned it and returned to developing his increasingly successful monoplane designs.

Specifications[edit]

General characteristics

  • Crew: one pilot
  • Capacity: 2 passengers
  • Length: 8.00 m (26 ft 3 in)
  • Wingspan: 12.00 m (39 ft 4 in)
  • Wing area: 60 m2 (646 ft2)
  • Gross weight: 650 kg (1,430 lb)
  • Powerplant: 1 × Antoinette 8V V-8 water-cooled piston engine, 37 kW (50 hp)

Performance

References[edit]

  • Taylor, Michael J. H. (1989). Jane's Encyclopedia of Aviation. London: Studio Editions. p. 161. 
  • World Aircraft Information Files. London: Bright Star Publishing. pp. File 890 Sheet 40. 
  • Devaux, Jean and Michel Marani. "Les Douze Premiers Aéroplanes de Louis Blériot". Pegase No 54, May 1989.
  • Nova: A Daring Flight
  • earlyaviators.com