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The Red Battle Flyer

Postby OzBiggles1963 » 17 Apr 2018, 03:56

This Saturday [21-4-18] marks exactly 100 yrs since the death of The Red Baron, & the Red Fokker Triplane is just one aircraft of many that will be flying this coming weekend at the TAVAS Great War Flying Display. Part of the price of the "earlybird" ticketing process was being able to download a PDF of the "The Red Battle Flyer", originally published in 1917 I believe. Should be awesome...I will take many photos, lol. :redbaron:

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Re: The Red Battle Flyer

Postby HostileCacti » 17 Apr 2018, 08:14

So that's what he looked like.... :shock:

Sounds very exciting, lucky you!!!! :yay:
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Re: The Red Battle Flyer

Postby Tommy Smith » 17 Apr 2018, 08:21

That sounds like it is going to be an unforgetable day!

I didn't realise how close to the end of the war he got.
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Re: The Red Battle Flyer

Postby Foolscap » 17 Apr 2018, 15:28

Hoping we will get a chance to see some of the photos, sounds like a great opportunity:-)
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Re: The Red Battle Flyer

Postby OzBiggles1963 » 22 Apr 2018, 10:06

Foolscap wrote:Hoping we will get a chance to see some of the photos, sounds like a great opportunity:-)


It was a great day yesterday, especially seeing all the vintage planes, both flying & non-flying versions. And an F18 from RAAF Base Amberley showed up during the day as well, & gave an absolutely dynamite high performance display!

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Postby OzBiggles1963 » 22 Apr 2018, 10:13

And for those of you who have never seen a Bf109 or Spitfire instrument panel [I certainly haven't], these two little seen relics from the Caloundra Aero Museum were also on static display:

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Re: The Red Battle Flyer

Postby Foolscap » 22 Apr 2018, 11:52

Delighted you had a good time...the photos are wonderful:-)
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Re: The Red Battle Flyer

Postby Kismet » 22 Apr 2018, 11:58

Glad you had fun. Nice pics.
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Re: The Red Battle Flyer

Postby Tommy Smith » 22 Apr 2018, 12:24

I'll bet your head was buzzing that night, I would have loved all that.

Amazing how like microlights still flying today the Demoiselle is. Really fancy the Nieuport, will have to look up the spec. as know nothing about them.
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Re: The Red Battle Flyer

Postby OzBiggles1963 » 22 Apr 2018, 12:32

Tommy Smith wrote:I'll bet your head was buzzing that night, I would have loved all that.

Amazing how like microlights still flying today the Demoiselle is. Really fancy the Nieuport, will have to look up the spec. as know nothing about them.


Yes, I loved the Nieuport...it seemed to have "personality".

Oh, & speaking of personality, check out this ultralight & the, ah, embossed artwork. Makes those Bomber Command nose designs somewhat tame, lol. :oops:

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Re: The Red Battle Flyer

Postby Kismet » 22 Apr 2018, 12:40

That's lovely artwork. Does she have a name?

Sorry, ignore that. She's called Dark Angel. I could see it on the other photo.
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Re: The Red Battle Flyer

Postby Fairblue » 22 Apr 2018, 12:54

OzBiggles1963 wrote:
Tommy Smith wrote:I'll bet your head was buzzing that night, I would have loved all that.

Amazing how like microlights still flying today the Demoiselle is. Really fancy the Nieuport, will have to look up the spec. as know nothing about them.


Yes, I loved the Nieuport...it seemed to have "personality".

Oh, & speaking of personality, check out this ultralight & the, ah, embossed artwork. Makes those Bomber Command nose designs somewhat tame, lol. :oops:
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Technology has moved on since WW2, of course and allows much more leeway in the way of creativity. There is a book in the museum library which features nothing but 'nose art'. Some of them, if converted using modern day effect, would be considered very risqué indeed.
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Postby StoneRoad » 23 Apr 2018, 15:03

Looks like you had a really wonderful day - and took some brilliant pics. I'm quite jealous !
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Postby kylie_koyote » 23 Apr 2018, 16:16

I am quite green with envy, what a lovely day! :mrgreen:
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Re: The Red Battle Flyer

Postby OzBiggles1963 » 10 May 2018, 03:24

kylie_koyote wrote:I am quite green with envy, what a lovely day! :mrgreen:


And here''s the video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tBwz7rwA-FY

After watching, & seeing the length of the BE2c's wingspan, I can totally relate to how maneuverable the Fokker triplane is/was, with it's much smaller wingspan, BUT incredible surface area & lift etc, i.e. due to having 3 wings. Maybe it's an optical illusion, but the British biplane's wings seem so much longer when both aircraft are filmed so close together.

By the way, the pilot of the Fokker is 88 yrs old! :o
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Re: The Red Battle Flyer

Postby Tommy Smith » 10 May 2018, 07:27

What a really good day, great aircraft and small enough to be friendly and close to the action.
It would be very interesting to fly the BE and the triplane - more lift but more drag as well :thinking2:
Lots of senior pilots still flying over here, so good on him at only 88.

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Seriously, if ever an aircraft was built for the job.... a bit lucky.
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Re: The Red Battle Flyer

Postby OzBiggles1963 » 10 May 2018, 07:41

Oh yes, absolutely amazing, & was on our prime time TV news recently. The aircraft must have an amazingly strong undercarriage I am thinking?
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Re: The Red Battle Flyer

Postby OzBiggles1963 » 03 Jun 2018, 11:56

While I wasn't able to attend the recent Red Thunder Airshow [at "Watt's Bridge"], I highlight a couple of Spitfire photos from the collection of Mark Greenmantle Photography:

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https://www.facebook.com/pg/Greenmantle ... e_internal
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