I've always loved the look of this aeroplane, Bleriot's XXVII in the RAF Museum's collection, with its blended hori stab and stylish all-moving rudder and hood over the engine to stop the pilot being showered with castor oil from its rotary radial.
The exact origins of this machine are unknown; it was gifted to the MoD before the RAFM became a thing as part of the Nash Collection and it is believed, but not ultimately certain that it was the aeroplane that Bleriot built in his 'summer holidays' in 1911 and flown from Hardelot Beach by Alfred Le Blanc, Bleriot's pilot, reaching an unofficial speed of 130 kph, having been designed as a racing machine.
Bleriot beginnings where humble and chaotic too. He was nicknamed "l'homme qui tombe toujours" "the man who is always falling". Things went slightly better from 1907 and Bleriot VI, but it took until Model XI for major success.