WHEN I succeeded in crossing the Channel on July 25, 1909, no one obviously believed that it was simply a matter of good luck. I do not say, especially after so long an interval, that I was not favoured by the chance factor. But it should be remembered that since 1899 I had devoted all my time and money to solving the problem which constantly provided me with fresh difficulties.
Blériot, L. (1935), "My Early Experiments: The Trials and Disappointments which led up to the First Channel Crossing by Aeroplane", Aircraft Engineering and Aerospace Technology, Vol. 7 No. 7, pp. 161-162. https://doi.org/10.1108/eb029944Download as .RIS
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