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Bleriot IX

The Bleriot IX was an experimental monoplane design fitting an Antoinette engine of 100 horsepower and an off-shoot of the VII but with tandem horizontal tail surfaces. The much-improved Blériot IX was built with paper-covered wings and a fuselage largely made of fabric. The aircraft used wing-warping to turn and, in order to descend or reduce the airspeed, the engine had to be switched off and then on again as there was no throttle.

This design succeeded in making a few short "hops" about the ground though never achieving sustained flight.


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