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Blériot XI-bThe Aeroplane of the Pionner Oskar BiderIn 1900, the 28-year-old Frenchman Louis Blériot (1872-1936), a manufacturer of lamps and searchlights, decided to build a one-winged aeroplane. He had only very modest success. In 1908 there came a last chance: A newspaper had offered £1000 prize-money for a light across the Channel between France and England. Near bankruptcy, Blériot began to build yet another aircraft.There was no time to lose, for apart from Blériot the Briton Hubert Latham was also aiming to win the prize. In summer 1909 both competitors were ready to start. Latham made the first attempt, but he had to be fished out of the sea. This was Blériot’s opportunity – and he used it: On 25th July 1909 he flew from France to England, the first human being to do so!The breakthrough was achieved. Blériot now founded a pilots’ school and had sold more than 800 aircraft by the time war broke out in 1914. On the first 49 pilots who, from 1910 on, gained their pilot’s licence in Switzerland, ten flew Blériot’ planes! One of them was Oskar Bider. The aircraft displayed was privately owned by Bider.
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  • Blériot XI-b
    The Aeroplane of the Pionner Oskar Bider
    In 1900, the 28-year-old Frenchman ...

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  • Blériot XI-b
    The Aeroplane of the Pionner Oskar Bider

    In 1900, the 28-year-old Frenchman Louis Blériot (1872-1936), a manufacturer of lamps and searchlights, decided to build a one-winged aeroplane. He had only very modest success. In 1908 there came a last chance: A newspaper had offered £1000 prize-money for a light across the Channel between France and England. Near bankruptcy, Blériot began to build yet another aircraft.
    There was no time to lose, for apart from Blériot the Briton Hubert Latham was also aiming to win the prize. In summer 1909 both competitors were ready to start. Latham made the first attempt, but he had to be fished out of the sea. This was Blériot’s opportunity – and he used it: On 25th July 1909 he flew from France to England, the first human being to do so!
    The breakthrough was achieved. Blériot now founded a pilots’ school and had sold more than 800 aircraft by the time war broke out in 1914. On the first 49 pilots who, from 1910 on, gained their pilot’s licence in Switzerland, ten flew Blériot’ planes! One of them was Oskar Bider. The aircraft displayed was privately owned by Bider.
  • Inventory No.VHS-499
  • Original/modelOriginal
  • Object typeObject (three-dimensional)
  • Manufacturer/operatorBider Oskar (Oscar) (1891 - 1919), Pilot, Pilot/in oder Ballonfahrer/in
    Société des Moteurs Gnôme et Rhône (1891 - 1919), Engine manufacturer
    Blériot (Bleriot) (1891 - 1919), Manufacturer
  • Dating1913
  • Object weightL x B x H 840 x 1100 x 287 cm
    Leergewicht 320 kg
    Gewicht maximales Startgewicht: 530 kg
  • Number of crew1
  • Number of passengers1
  • Type of propulsionInternal combustion piston engine (petrol)
  • Engine designRadial engine
  • Number of cylinders7
  • Power (kW)59
  • Top speed (km/h)105
  • Range (km)250