Words of Advice:

"Never Feel Sorry For Anyone Who Owns an Airplane."-- Tina Marie

"
If Something Seems To Be Too Good To Be True, It's Best To Shoot It, Just In Case." -- Fiona Glenanne

"
Flying the Airplane is More Important than Radioing Your Plight to a Person on the Ground
Who is Incapable of Understanding or Doing Anything About It.
" -- Unknown

"There seems to be almost no problem that Congress cannot, by diligent efforts and careful legislative drafting, make ten times worse." -- Me

"What the hell is an `Aluminum Falcon'?" -- Emperor Palpatine

"Eck!" -- George the Cat

Monday, July 27, 2009

100 Years Ago

The first airplane to fly across the English Channel.



Bleriot took off early in the morning, in slightly foggy conditions, without so much as a compass. As a result of his flight, the Bleriot XI was probably the first airplane to be made in any volume in Europe.

He won a price of 1,000 British Pounds. Trying to figure out what that was worth in today's money is iffy, at bet, but it might be somewhat north of a half-a-million dollars, possibly twice that.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Well, $1000.00 is worth 1646.10 dollars. Now, all we have to do is to figure out what a 1909 dollar would be worth today. Here is what Wiki says (besides to take it with a grain of salt)What cost $607.50 in 1909 would cost $14382.47 in 2008.
Also, if you were to buy exactly the same products in 2008 and 1909,
they would cost you $607.50 and $26.64 respectively.

I don't have any idea, of course, what the exchange rate was in 1909. When I was in GB in 1987 a pound was worth a buck and a half. Now, a dollar is worth a pound and more than a half.