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Fokker Dr.1 - Manfred von Richthofen, 03-09-1917

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flight112/01/2018 16:49:33
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interesting found film off Manfred von Richthofen and Fokker DR1 filmed in 03-09-1917

Its over 100 years ago , amazing

Chris Walby12/01/2018 17:05:29
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Thanks, Just amazing the clothing used considering how cold it must have been + two people prop swinging to start.

The short ground run was impressive!

Jonathan M12/01/2018 18:23:07
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The luckless (or more likely very lucky!) RFC pilot he appears to have shot down certainly looks a bit of unsure of what to make of the gang around him... but kept smiling nonetheless!

Colin Leighfield12/01/2018 20:50:11
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I was surprised when reading Richthofen’s diaries to find out how critical he was of the Dr1. He thought the build quality was poor and the plane structurally weak. He said that British aircraft were better. It’s certainly true that he was a brilliant pilot who got the best out of whatever he flew. The reputation of the German Air Force was based on a small cadre of exceptional pilots who were brought together into elite units. He was the best of those. However the comparison of the overall German fighter force wasn’t so good and the RFC/RAF overall was more effective. Worth remembering that the top scoring fighter of WW1 was the Camel, although there’s arguably a good case for saying that the SE5A was top dog. It wasn’t in any way outclassed by the DVII when it came along and the SE was considerably faster. I’ve recently got hold of the brilliant Hargreaves book about fighters of the 1914/18 war, my favourite “borrow”from the library in the sixties. Still fascinated by the amazing pace of development of fighter planes in WW1. Isn’t it fantastic that we are able to see film of these planes in service a hundred years later.

Concorde Speedbird12/01/2018 21:08:36
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That is a fantastic video, thank you very much for highlighting it.

Steven Shaw12/01/2018 22:15:32
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The amount of info out there is quite impressive [if you know how to find it].

Tom Sharp 213/01/2018 00:10:24
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Very impressive bit of film, much information, like oiling the rockers before starting, not seen this at a scale competition.

I notice Goring was amongst the pilots standing around Manfred.

PatMc13/01/2018 00:11:35
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Looks like Hermann Goering on the left at 3.05.

Mike T13/01/2018 13:12:42
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Posted by Tom Sharp 2 on 13/01/2018 00:10:24:

Very impressive bit of film, much information, like oiling the rockers before starting, not seen this at a scale competition.

I notice Goring was amongst the pilots standing around Manfred.

Priming the engine with neat fuel in the exhaust ports, I think...

Goering was in the mix, but I don't think he was at Manfred's "Team Briefing" (obviously announcing the Jasta's rewards scheme and performance bonus details...)

The RFC pilot looked a little dishevelled and confused - not surprising if he'd just been shot down. His open jacket suggests he's been frisked as well (bet they nicked his watch). The gurning loon on the left is Anthony Fokker...

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