In 1908 Lord Northcliffe offered a prize of 1000 pounds to the first man who would fly across the English Channel. Over a year passed before the first attempt was made. On July 19th,1909, in the early morning, Hubert Latham took off from the French coast in his plane the "Antoinette 4". He had travelled only seven miles across the channel when his engine failed and he was fored to land on the sea. The "Antoinette" floated on the water untill Latham was picked up by a ship.
Two days later, Louis Bleriot arrived near Calais with a plane called "No.11". Bleriot had been making planes since 1905 and this was his latest model. A week before, he had completed a successful overland flight during which he covered twenty-six miles. Latham, however, did not give up easily. He, too, arrived near Calais on the same day with a " Antoinette". It looked as if there would be an exciting race across the channel. Both planes were going to take off on July 25th, but Latham failed to get up early enough. After making a short test flight at 4.15 a.m, Bleriot set off half an hour later. His great flight lasted 37 minutes. When he landed near Dover, the first person to greet him was local policeman. Latham made another attempt a week later and got withing half a mile of Dover, but he was unlucky again. His engine failed and he landed on the sea for the second time.
1908 Lord Northcliffe prize 1000 pounds first fly En Channel.
7 19,1909 early morning, Hubert Latham French coast "Antoinette 4".
seven miles engine failed
land on sea.
floated untill a ship.
Two days later, Louis Bleriot Calais "No.11".
making planes since 1905 latest model.
A week before, successful overland flight twenty-six miles.
L not give up easily near Calais same day " An". as if exciting race
Both off 7 25, L failed to get up early enough.
After short test 4.15 a.m, B set off half an hour later. lasted 37 minutes.
landed near Dover, first greet him local policeman. L another attempt a week later withing half a mile of Dover, but unlucky again. engine failed sea second time.