Swedish Aviation 100 years

Stockholm Festival of Flight 2010

Coming in for landing. Mikael Carlson flies Tekniska museet's Blériot XI at the Stockholm Festival of Flight 2010. Foto: Lennart Eriksson

The 100th anniversary of flight in Sweden reached its peak with the Stockholm Festival of Flight in August 2010. Tekniska museet's newly restored Blériot XI flew no less than four times during the two-day event. Thousands of spectators watched enthralled as the hundred year-old aircraft took-off and landed from a specially prepared strip at The Royal Park.

A unique historical re-enactment

Stockholms Royal Park is the birthplace of Swedish aviation and was the natural venue for the centenial festival: The very first public air show in Sweden's history took place on exactly the same spot in 1910. Here Tekniska museet re-enacted aviation history with its painstakingly restored Blériot XI: The same 1910 model that was flown by Swedish pioneers such as legendary Carl Cederström.

More about the restoration project

Photo: Sven Stridsberg

Restoration of our Blériot XI took two years. Follow the project in our restoration diary or watch films of the final tests.

Restoration diary

Motor test & maiden flight

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