Blériot XI "Militaire"

When Louis Blériot became the first person to fly across the English Channel in 1909, Europe began to see the value of airplanes in the military. Blériot created several versions of the plane with different engines and seating configurations including 1, 2, and 3 person models.

The Blériot XI was a monoplane which relied on warping of the wings instead of ailerons to control roll. The entire rudder rotated so there was no vertical stabilizer. This configuration dominated aircraft design for several years and can be seen in later aircraft like the Morane-Saulnier L and the Fokker E series.

The Blériot was used in both Balkan Wars in 1912 & 1913. By the time World War I began, most air forces in Europe were flying the Blériot, including France, Great Britain, Italy, Belgium, Serbia, Romania, Russia, and the Ottoman Empire.

Country of Manufacture France
First Year of Service 1911
Wing Span 33 ft 11 in | 10.33 m
Length 27 ft 10 in | 8.48 m
Height 8 ft 5 in | 2.65 m
Weight 660 lbs | 300 kg
Engine Gnôme 7 cylinder air-cooled rotary engine, 50hp
Top Speed 66 mph | 106 km/h
Range 50 miles | 80 km
Armament None
Crew 1


Technical Notes:
Made with Autodesk 3D Studio Max - Airplane not including background, 39601 vertices, 46197 faces.
Historical Notes:
The instruments in the cockpit are conjecture.