ⓘ Antoinette VII

                                     

ⓘ Antoinette VII

The VII was a further development of the Antoinette IV, with increased engine power and using a wing warping system developed by Levavasseur for the Antoinette V in place of the Antoinette IVs ailerons.

This aircraft, Levavasseur hoped that Antoinette test pilot Hubert Latham would be able to make a crossing of the English channel that he had previously tried in Antoinette IV and claim a daily mail prize, on offer. As it happened, Antoinette Viis the first flight took place on 25 July 1909, the same day that Louis blériot succeeded in crossing the channel in his blériot XI. Undaunted, Latham made the attempt anyway on 27 July. Unfortunately, the result was the same, with Leitemo, makes an emergency landing, this time in sight of the English coast only 1.6 km or 0.99 miles. He and the plane were rescued by HMS Russell.

The following month, Latham flew the same aircraft in Grand week server daviation de La champagne, winning the prize for altitude 155 m, 509 m, and second place in the contest on a fast track, at a speed of 68.9 km / h, 42.8 mph