The first person to fly the English Channel in an aeroplane was a Frenchman called Louis Blériot. The flight took place on 25 July 1909 and won Bleriot a prize of £1,000 from the Daily Mail. An earlier attempt five days earlier, by Englishman Herbert Latham, had ended when he had ditched in the sea.

 

            

              A memorial in the form of a stone silhouette of Bleriot’s plane is set into the ground at the place

               where he landed.

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