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Fokker D.VII, Caproni Ca.3, Red Baron

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The National Museum of the Air Force...
...(formerly the U.S. Air Force Museum) at Wright-Patterson A.F.B. has a huge collection of aircraft and accessories. Here is there Fokker D.VII, Caproni Ca.3, and artifacts from the crash of Rittmeister Von Richthofen.

Why so many duplicate photos of the Fokker? They really are not quite duplicates -- look closely. To try to provide you with the best mix of color and detail, I shot the same view with and without flash, and other settings. Being 25 feet off the floor limited my ability to present you the detail I'd like to.

The Caproni was a bit easier yet is size posed challenges.

Von Richthofen's artifacts are marred by being behind glass and poorly lite for photography.

I have about 100 more photographs from the museum's early aviation through The Great War series. Keep a watch for these!

About the Author

About Frederick Boucher (JPTRR)
FROM: TENNESSEE, UNITED STATES

I'm a professional pilot with a degree in art. My first model was an AMT semi dump truck. Then Monogram's Lunar Lander right after the lunar landing. Next, Revell's 1/32 Bf-109G...cried havoc and released the dogs of modeling! My interests--if built before 1900, or after 1955, then I proba...


Comments

Go Fred Go! There is rather a colourful story behind the replica Fokker D.VII. I have a few images of their Fokker Dr.I replica in Rahn's Jasta 19 markings. The MvR artifacts? Are they listed as being on loan from the Imperial War museum? I know they only have MvR's Oberursel Ur.II.
JUN 09, 2011 - 08:34 PM
Stephen, The museum credits the pieces from coming from private US patrons; the pinkish fabric sample from a Mr. Ray Watts of (?)Napierville, IL(?). I forget where the tachometer cable came from. If I get down there again this summer I'll take notes.
JUN 09, 2011 - 09:58 PM
JPTRR, Missed this earlier; brings back a lot of great memories. "Back in the day" (75-80) I used to, at least once per year, fill my annual cross-country high density airways training requirement with a weekend jaunt to "Wright Pat" in my trusty McAir Voodoo. A perfect Sat. morning would have me at the doors of the (then) USAF Museum and I'd be there till closing time. I must have done this at least 6 times back then, and I still didn't see it all! What an absolutely impressive and wonderful facility it was, and I hope still is. I got to the Smithsonian once, it was great however I really more enjoyed the USAF Museum. Thanks for the reminder of wonderful times, a true reminder of a "blastful past"! I read some of the attached on MVR memorabilia; a little confusing/suspect? Didn't realise that there was any question concerning the red coloration of 425/17 and kind of wonder about the "surfacing"of more parts of the airframe. Always been fascinated with "Red Baron Lore" and wondering what others think?? I'll bet Steven could comment with insight, knowlege, and vigour!! Cheers, Lance
JUN 12, 2011 - 10:36 PM
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