A turning point in history

Roughly 100 years ago Frenchman Louis Blériot became the first man to fly across the Channel in a heavier-than-air aircraft, on 25 July 1909. The mustachioed aviation enthusiast and inventor was one of three pilots to respond to a public challenge to become the first man to achieve the feat. The British newspaper magnate Lord Northcliffe had offered a prize of £1,000 (equivalent to £115,000 in 2018) to the first person to make the flight in either direction.