A few weekends ago, I had the pleasure of going to the Wright Air Force Museum. It is a pretty awesome place that is a free museum staffed by volunteers. It has replicas of planes and aircraft from basically the inception of aviation to today, including some spacecraft and missiles. I will admit that you see a drone, and you think, "Yeah, they need drones because they know they cannot trust their population for providing control". With the centennial of the Great War, I took my time with the planes of World War One.
Honestly, many of these planes looked like someone put bicycle wheels, a boat propeller and a car engine together and slapped some wings on them. The men who flew these planes had serious courage as some planes had higher fatality counts for testing than in actual combat. Open cockpits, wings that did not look like they could withstand a six shooter and speeds comparable to a NASCAR are what you get with these planes. The first picture is a Fokker. The rest I did not take notes, and these pictures are off my tablet. I am saving one for next week. It is a bit special, and has a special inventor. Enjoy. I'm on vacation next week, so no posts until August.
|Model that the Red Baron flew|
|This one looked the sturdiest of the era.|
|Seriously, this looks like a speedboat with wings.|
|bicycle tires. If it is an effect of the replicas, I feel dumb.|
|Another Snoopy worthy aircraft.|