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Pilot recreates historic Channel flight

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A French pilot has recreated the first flight across the English Channel in a monoplane like the one flown by Louis Bleriot in 1909, complete with a wooden propeller and bicycle wheels.

Edmond Salis took off from Bleriot Beach near Calais on France's northern coast and arrived 40 minutes later in Dover, England.

The original historic crossing on 25 July 1909 took Bleriot 36 minutes.

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