A restored Bleriot XI has hit the market, offering a rare opportunity to own an original example of this legendary machine.
The aircraft, SE-AMZ, is powered by a 50 hp Gnome Omega rotary engine and was originally constructed by Swedish aircraft and engine manufacturer AETA (AB Enoch Thulin Aeroplanfabrik) in 1918.
The machine was originally destined for Nielsen & Winter’s flying school in Copenhagen, but WW1 ended prior to delivery. Instead, the Bleriot went to the manufacturer’s flying school at Ljungbyhed. In 1926, the aircraft was acquired by Swedish artist Anna Sahlström before being placed in storage for 60 years.
Noted WW1 aircraft builder/pilot Mikael Carlson procured the Bleriot in 2003 and restored it to airworthy condition, flying it at events around the world and crossing the English Channel in 2009 in order to commemorate the 100th anniversary of Louis Bleriot’s trailblazing flight.
The aircraft has reportedly amassed a total of 20.25 hrs since restoration. Pricing is available upon request. Additional details can be found here.