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Classic FIghters Omaka 2011


Kermit Weeks flew his Albatros D.III (I guess it is a replica) on all three days. There were some interesting lighting effects, dark backgrounds with aircraft in bright light.

The Albatros is a gorgeous aircraft, but struck me as being less agile than some. On the other hand, it is a new aircraft and there are many other factors that come into it. Here it tangles with the Sopwith Camel.
  original Avro 504K The Fokker D7 made a welcome return in 2011. The ultimate WW1 fighter? It would be interesting to line it up beside a Sopwith Snipe.

I think the D7 was one of the few aircraft fitted with smoke, so everybody had a go at it!

Fokker D7 and Bristol Fighter
Fokker D7   The seven Fokker Triplanes were in attendance this year, here they are being worried by Kermit Weeks in the Albatros. The backdrop is a distinctive copse of trees on the surrounding Wither Hills.
Four of the seven Fokker DR.1's. They're painted to represent Jagdstaffel 11 (Jasta 11), Baron Manfred Von Richtofen's unit. It really does beg a DECENT movie about the "Red Baron".  
  Triplane vs Camel There was lots of opportunities for 'dogfight double' shots this year - wonderful! Even though it isn't a perfect replica (like some of the TVAL airframes) this Camel really is an attractive aeroplane. Externally it really does look good.
  First time they did this crossover I thought "I bet that was closer than they expected!" but they repeated the same performance on Sunday. Very impressive!
Nieuport vs Triplane
  Nieuport This is one of my favourite photos of the whole air show. I like being able to see the pilot's eyes, still sort of visible in this shot. Click to see a larger version.

The Bristol Fighter replica has the daintiest of tail wheels masquerading as a skid.

Bristol F2b Fighter replica

  Neiuport vs Fokker D7 Nieuport being dealt to by the Fokker D7

The Sopwith Triplane replica is powered by a modern radial engine rather than the original rotary. Very agile.

Sopwith Triplane


Sopwith Scout (a.k.a. Pup)

One of my favourite WW1 aircraft is the Sopwith Pup (real name was the Sopwith Scout). Apparently it was a pilot's delight (despite having one of those crazy rotary engines) and would be pretty much top of my list to own. This replica has been a static display for a few shows now, wonder what its issues are?

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