SE-AMZ is a restored Bleriot XI/Thulin A
rebuilt and flown by Mikael Calson
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SE-AMZ is a restored Thulin A which was a licensed Swedish version of the Bleriot XI that was rebuilt and flown by Mikael Calson.
Ailerons did not exist on the Bleriot, control is by wing warping using control cables. I was totally captivated by Mikaels performance.
This Aircraft was manufactured by Enoch Thulins Aeroplanfabrik and is apparently was one of the last Thulin A Aircraft produced probably in 1918, although some think that this maybe a 1919 one-off.
What is often forgotten is that first Bleriot IX was a joint design effort between Louis Bleriot and Raymond Saulnier, later of Morane-Sauliner fame.
Although the first aircraft was built in 1908 and then famously performed the first Channel Crossing in 1909, the type was subject to a constant stream of development resulting in a large number Versions including a Float Plane Version, a Parasol Wing version and one Clipped Wing Version for Ground Instruction and Taxying Only!
A number of companies obtained licences to produce the Bleriot IX and almost all of them including Enoch Thulins Aeroplanfabrik modified the Aircraft to some extent. Visually all licensed versions had the 'Bleriot look', with only Bleriot themselves going for something completely different with the Parasol Wing version!
Mikael Calson Flying Machines - Web Site
Blériot XI - Wikipedia Entry
AB Thulinverken/Enoch Thulins Aeroplanfabrik - Wikipedia Entry