Cultural Artefact Bleriot XI
- Aviation or Aeronautical Industries
The Bleriot XI was one of the first and most successful aircraft to fly in Australia. The monoplane was originally constructed using English Ash, with wings made from rubberised canvas covering Sitka spruce ribs. It was the first aircraft used to transport mail between Sydney and Melbourne. The original plane used for carrying mail is on display at the Powerhouse Museum, Sydney. Engineering students at Burnie TAFE College are building two replicas of 1909 Bleriot XI.
National Library of Australia
- Crouch, Tom D., Bleriot XI, the story of a classic aircraft, vol. 5 (Washington DC: Smithsonian Institution Press, 1982), 143 pp. Details
Created: 12 March 2003, Last modified: 11 July 2007