By Steve Butler
1909 – On July 25th Louis Bleriot completed the first flight over the English Channel. It was a 23-mile venture in the 11th plane he had designed, hence he named it the “Bleriot XI.”
1910 – Tootsietoy manufactured their first toy vehicle. It was an airplane that the company designated as their model No. 4482 Bleriot. Three sizes were issued with the largest having a 2 3/4-inch wingspan. It was issued in gold with its six-spoke wheels being violet. An example of their largest Bleriot and variations thereof are pictured herein.