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Last Updated: Saturday July 25 2009 16:14 GMT

In pictures: Famous flight across the channel

A man flies a replica of an old plane across the channel

The pilot of this plane is recreating a very famous flight. Exactly 100 years ago the first flight from France to England took place. The pilot was a Frenchman called Louis Bleriot.

Louis Bleriot's plane

Bleriot set off from France on 25 July 1909 and touched down at Dover in England around 36 minutes later. The plane was named the Bleriot XI.

A man flies a replica of an old plane across the channel

Now 100 years later a man called Edmond Salis took off to repeat the journey. Although his plane isn't quite that old it's still getting on a bit, having been built back in 1934.

A man flies a replica of an old plane across the channel

Before taking off Salis said: "It's still an adventure. It is an old engine, it is an old motor, but it is well maintained, it works well, so there is no reason that any problem would happen."

A man flies a replica of an old plane across the channel

It took around 40 minutes for Salis to make it all the way to Dover - four minutes longer than it took Bleriot in 1909.

A man flies a replica of an old plane across the channel

Salis' plane is made of cloth and wood just like the original Bleriot XI.

A man flies a replica of an old plane across the channel

Mr Bleriot's landing wasn't as smooth as this one. He earned worldwide fame and a 1,000 cash prize, courtesy of the Daily Mail, for his 1909 achievement.