A plane that crossed the English Channel a 100 years ago has repeated the historic feat again today. In 1909, French aviation pioneer Louis Bleriot towed his craft to a field near Calais and it was the same again for pilot Edmond Salis — albeit with a little help from his friends.After a bit of elbow grease and a final good luck kiss, Salis strapped himself in and it was up up and away for the 40 minute flight to Dover. The crossing is part of a weekend of celebrations to mark the centenary of that first flight. The remarkable flying machine, which was made from cloth and wood, convinced a sceptical public that Bleriot’s machines were not just toys. That first perilous journey is often seen as the beginning of the modern aviation era.
Channel crossing repeated 100 years to the day