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Nature volume 81, pages 105110 (22 July 1909) | Download Citation



THE first attempt to cross the Channel by aëroplane was made by M. Latham on Monday, July 19. The machine, which is a monoplane, started from Sangatte, and was about 600 feet above sea-level when it left the land. This altitude was increased to about 1000 feet, and a speed of between forty and forty-five miles an hour was attained. After travelling about eight miles from the shore in the direction toward Dover the engine stopped, and the monoplane glided steadily down in. a straight line to the water, where it floated until the destroyer Harpon came up about five minutes later. M. Latham was then taken on board, and his monoplane towed into Calais harbour.

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