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Both before the war started and into its early months, the Blériot 11 was an important plane for French aviation. Benefiting from Louis Blériot's famous flight across the English Channel in 1909, orders for the design were high during the pre-war years, and at the start of the war eight escadrilles were equipped with the type. Though it was easy to fly, when used in war the Blériot 11 showed its limitations: limited power led to poor climb, and the observer was seated in front of the pilot where his view was greatly obscured by the wings.

Blériot 11
Bleriot XI Thulin A 1910 a.jpg
Role Reconnaissance
Manufacturer Blériot
Designer Louis Blériot
First flight 1909
Introduction 1909
Primary users Roundel of the French Air Force before 1945.svg France
ItalianRoundelGreen.png Italy
RAF Type A Roundel.svg U.K. (RFC/RAF)
Imperial Russian Aviation Roundel.svg Russia
Roundel otto.JPG Ottoman Empire
Wingspan 8.89 m (29 ft 2 in) [1] to
10.3 m (33 ft 11 in) [1]
Engine 50-100hp Gnome, Clerget, or Le Rhône rotary
Armament none or 23 kg (50 lb) of bombs
Max Speed 90 km/h (56 mph)[2] [note 1]
Endurance 3:30 [3]

Nevertheless, the Blériots served in large numbers (for the time) until they could be replaced with M.F.11s, Caudron G.3s, and Morane-Saulnier Type Ls in the first few months of 1915.

In Italy, license-built Blériots equipped six squadriglia, but they were withdrawn by winter of 1915. Russia both purchased and built many of their own, including two versions by Dux. [4] The few that served at the front were withdrawn by 1916 but continued in a training role. Turkey likewise used a handful of Blériots for reconnaissance. The RFC used a handful of Blériot 11s early in the war by four squadrons, as did the RNAS with Number 1 Wing, where they served until mid-1915. Unarmed Bulgarian Blériots found themselves outmatched by armed Romanian counterparts. Serbia flew a couple Blériots before purchasing MF.11s. [5]

For more information, see Wikipedia:Bleriot XI.

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Unofficial Stats
Availability Maneuver Damage Dmg Points Max Alt. Climb
14Q3-15Q2 XB - or B 8 8 5
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  1. Speeds up to 110 km/h (68 mph) with larger engines.[3][2]
  2. Numbers are approximate, derived from escadrille and squadron data.[5]
  3. Updated card
  4. Updated card
  1. 1.0 1.1 Lamberton, pp.216-218.
  2. 2.0 2.1 Davilla, p.61.
  3. 3.0 3.1 Munson, p.17
  4. Durkota, p.346.
  5. 5.0 5.1 Davilla, p.54.
  • Dr. James J. Davilla and Arthur M. Soltan. French Aircraft of the First World War. Flying Machines Press, 1997. ISBN 0-9637110-4-0.
  • Alan Durkota, Thomas Darcey, and Victor Kulikov. The Imperial Russian Air Service. Flying Machines Press, 1995. ISBN 0-9637110-2-4
  • W.M. Lamberton and E.F. Cheesman, Reconnaissance & Bomber Aircraft of the 1914-1918 War. Great Britain: Harleyford Publications Ltd., 1962.
  • Kenneth Munson, Bombers: Patrol and Reconnaissance Aircraft, 1914-1919. New York: The MacMillan Company, 1968, Blandford Press Ltd. ISBN 978-0753721711