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Who was Louis Paulhan?

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In the first few years after the Wright brothers took to the air in North Carolina, pioneering aviators were often major celebrities, vying with one another to achieve flying firsts that made newspaper headlines around the world.

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In 1909, Louis Blériot famously became the first man to fly the Channel. The following year another Frenchman, named Louis Paulhan, won the prize offered by the Daily Mail of £10,000, then an enormous sum of money, for making the first flight between London and Manchester.

A blue plaque on an ordinary suburban house in Didsbury, Manchester now marks the site where Paulhan landed at the end of his record-breaking journey.

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Answered by: Nick Rennison