STEED OF A SOLDIER OF THE AIR COMES ASHORE In July 1909, only five years before the war, Louis Bleriot had flown the Channel for the first time, and even in 1914 the flight could only be undertaken in calm weather, so that many of the aeroplanes of the R.A.F. were not at first flown to France (as was Major Kelly’s, seen in page 143). The machine, seen above, being landed from a transport in France in August 1914 before admiring Frenchmen and women, is an R.E.5 two-seater biplane fitted with a 120 h.p. Beardmore engine. To make shipment easier the wings have been detached. 137 D
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