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Blériot IX

Blériot IX
Role Experimental aircraft
Manufacturer Louis Blériot
Produced 1908
Number built 1

The Blériot IX was an unsuccessful early French aeroplane built by Louis Blériot. Encouraged by the ever-increasing altitude, distance, and duration of flights with the Blériot VIII in 1908, he built a new machine along the same general lines, but heavier and with a more powerful engine. The Blériot IX was exhibited at the Paris Motor Show in December 1908, but the design proved overweight and could not be made to leave the ground.

Specifications

General characteristics

  • Crew: one pilot
  • Length: 12.00 m (39 ft 4 in)
  • Wingspan: 9.00 m (29 ft 6 in)
  • Wing area: 25 m2 (269 ft2)
  • Gross weight: 450 kg (990 lb)
  • Powerplant: 1 × Antoinette Vee-16, 48 kW (65 hp)

Performance

References

  • Devaux, Jean and Michel Marani. "Les Douze Premiers Aéroplanes de Louis Blériot". Pegase No 54, May 1989.
  • Nova: A Daring Flight
  • earlyaviators.com

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