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What was the name of the first plane to fly across the English Channel?
In 1908 Lord Northcliffe offered a prize of￡1, 000 to the first man who would fly across the English Channel. Over a year passed beforethe first attempt was made. On July 19th, 1909, in the early morning, Hubert Latham took off from the French coast in his plane the ‘Antoinette IV’. He had travelled only seven miles across the Channel when his engine failed and he was forced to land on the sea. The‘Antoinette’floated on the water until Latham was picked up by a ship.
Two days later, Louis Bleriot arrived near Calais with a plane called‘No. XI’. Bleriot had been making planes since 1905 and this was his latest model. A week before, he had completed a successful overland flight during which he covered twenty－six miles. Latham, however, did not give up easily. He, too, arrived near Calais on the same day with a new‘Antoinette’. It looked as if there would be an exciting race across the Channel. Both planes were going to take off on July 25th, but Latham failed to get up early enough. After making a short test flight at 4. a. m. , Bleriot set off half an hour later. His great flight lasted thirty－seven minutes. When he landed near Dover, the first person to greet him was a local policeman. Latham made 15 another attempt a week later and got within half a mile of Dover, but he was unlucky again. His engine failed and he landed on the sea for the second time.
New Words and Expressions 生词和短语
Calais(1. 8)/'kælei/n. 加来（法国港市）
lord(1. 1)/lɔ:d/n. 对（英国）贵族的尊称；勋爵
overland(1. 9)/'əuvə'lænd/adj. 陆上的
Notes on the text 课文注释
1 the English Channel, 英吉利海峡。
2 Over a year passed before the first attempt was made.
3 pick up此处作“（从海里）救起”解。
4 did not give up easily, 不轻易作罢。give up当“放弃”讲。
5 It looked as if there would be an exciting race across the Channel. 看起来似乎有一场精采的飞越英吉利海峡的比赛。as if引导的从句作起系动词作用的look的表语，其中谓语动词 would be表示与未来的事实不相符的虚拟结构。
6 got within half a mile of Dover, 到了离多佛不到半英里的地方。
7 Dover, 多佛港，是英吉利海峡的一个港口，对面是法国港口加来。多佛与加来相距21英里（34公里），是英吉利海峡最窄的部分。