Louis Charles Joseph Blériot(1872-1936), Aviator, inventor and engineer
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French inventor, aircraft designer and aviator, Blériot (1872-1936) built the first successful monoplane which he got off the ground in 1907. Best known for being the first to fly across the English Channel, crossing from Baraques to Dover on 25 July 1909 in a heavier-than-air machine. He claimed the £10,000 prize put up by Lord Northcliffe, owner of the Daily Mail, for the first cross-channel powered flight. Blériot later became an aircraft manufacturer of both combat and commercial aircraft.