Bleriot's Ambition Is Sunk Mike Harrison on a Failed Attempt to Repeat History
An attempt by the grandson of pilot Louis Bleriot to re-enact his grandfather's inaugural flight across the English Channel 89 years ago, ended in soggy failure yesterday.
The 54-year-old banker, also called Louis Bleriot, took off from Calais airport at first light yesterday morning in his bi-plane.
But less than two minutes later he was forced to ditch into a nearby lake.
A spokesman at the airport said: "He had to ditch his plane, but he is safe."
M. Bleriot had planned to land on the white cliffs of Dover in a repeat of the historic flight which made his pioneering ancestor the first man to fly across the English Channel.
While that inaugural flight made the French engineer world famous, his grandson has only been flying for ten years.
He was using one of three surviving planes flown by Bleriot - ironically the same aircraft which plunged into the sea near Calais in 1989 when Gloria Pullen - who escaped unhurt - tried unsuccessfully to recreate the famous flight.
The engine of the flimsy Type XI had been restored and M. Bleriot was said to have been "very excited" at the …
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