No. 9589. Blériot 67 French Air Force
Photograph from Collection Musée de l'Air, taken at Buc, France, 1916

Blériot 67

12/31/2009. Remarks by Johan Visschedijk: "Louis Blériot designed a number of aircraft powered by four engines placed in a square, the aircraft designations were written in Roman ciphers (L=50, X=10, V=5, I=1). All were of wooden construction covered with fabric and only one example of these types were constructed.

Blériot LXVII
Also stated as Type 67 or Bl-67, this three-seat heavy bomber appeared in 1916, and was powered by four 100 hp Gnome nine-cylinder rotary engines. It was first flown by test pilot Maurice Béquet on September 18, 1916, reportedly it crashed and was destroyed at the end of the brief flight.

Blériot LXXI
Also stated as Type 71 or Bl-71, this three-seat heavy bomber appeared in November 1917 and was powered by four 220 hp Hispano-Suiza 8B eight-cylinder liquid-cooled V-engines.

Blériot LXXIII
Also stated as Type 73 BN.3 or Bl-73 BN.3. Powered by four 300 hp Hispano-Suiza 8Fb eight-cylinder liquid-cooled V-engines, this three-seat night-bomber was first flown in 1918, but disintegrated in flight on January 22, 1919. It carried a machine-gun in a dorsal station in the nose and could carry a bomb load of 2,205 lb (1,000 kg).

Blériot LXXIV
Also stated as Type 74 BN.4 or Bl-74 BN.4, and named Mammouth (Mammoth), this four-seat heavy night-bomber could carry a bomb load of 3,307 lb (1,500 kg). Also powered by 300 hp Hispano-Suiza 8Fb engines, it made its first flight on October 2, 1918. Reportedly it crashed on January 22, 1920, killing the pilot.

Blériot LXXV
Also stated as Type 75 or Bl-75, and named Superavion (Super Aircraft) or Aérobus (Airbus), this 28-passenger airliner was first flown in June 1920. Also powered by the 300 hp Hispano-Suiza 8Fb engines it had a maximum speed of 96 mph (155 kmh) and reached 13,123 ft (4,000 m).

Created December 31, 2009