The best guess I have is some kind of flying boat. There were no air strips along to way to land and refuel so water was the best alternative. Multi engine design to minimize risk of a single engine quitting and taking the plane down.
"Only Nixon can go to China." -- Old Vulcan proverb.
Are we talking transatlantic/transpacific, or something like Europe to Asia?
He flew a monoplane of his own design called a Bleriot X1.
For his effort he won a thousand pounds, put up by the London Daily Mail.
Ok, one more try then i'm stumped.
How about Roland Garros who flew a Morane-Saulnier type H monoplane from St. Raphael, France to Bizerte, Tunisia on September 23rd, 1913.
We're up to eleven now? My how time flies.
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