The 0.87€ stamp was issued in 2007 commemorating the Centenary of the channel crossing by Louis Blériot.
Louis Blériot (1872–1936) was a French aviator, inventor and engineer. In 1909 he completed the first flight across a large body of water in a heavier-than-air craft, when he crossed the English Channel. For this achievement, he received a prize of GB£1000. He also is credited as the first person to make a working monoplane.Blériot was a pioneer of the sport of air racing.