Season 32, Episode 15 A Daring Flight

First Aired: February 22, 2005

“A Daring Flight” chronicles Frenchman Louis Bleriot's English Channel crossing in 1909, the first ever, and charts his grandson's attempt to re-create it in one of Bleriot's original planes. The Bleriot 11was “the Model T of the aviation industry,” says narrator David Ogden Stiers, and its design took years. The hour also recalls the race among France's “militant aviators” to get their planes aloft. Bleriot won because he borrowed from the Wright brothers.

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