Rolls-Royce has announced its celebration of the 110-year anniversary of company founder Charles Stewart Rolls´ double crossing of the English Channel, the company said.
Rolls completed the first round trip from Dover to Sangatte, where the present-day Channel Tunnel emerges, and back in 1910, less than a year after Louis Blériot made the first one-way Channel crossing.
Flight proved to be Rolls´ last great aeronautical achievement, coming only a month before his tragic death at the age of 32.
According to a report in the Daily Telegraph, Rolls reached an altitude of 900 feet and a speed of forty miles an hour as he approached the coast of France. In an adventure lasting 95 minutes, Rolls had achieved two immortal landmarks. He had become both the first Englishman to fly an aeroplane across the English Channel, and the first aviator ever to fly non-stop from England to France and back again.