Warbird People – Alex Jameison: Learning to Fly the Old Rhinebeck Collection

In aviation circles, there are a number of airfields and collections around the world that capture the imagination and become almost mythical as part of aviation folklore. Old Rhinebeck is most certainly amongst those legends, especially for those with an interest in those early years of aviation right through until the 1930s. Delicately nestled between … Continue reading Warbird People – Alex Jameison: Learning to Fly the Old Rhinebeck Collection

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A New Age of Fighters – Part 2 – Fokker DVII

By late 1917 the German forces were starting to use air superiority, the British and French fighters had moved on considerably and with aircraft such as the Sopwith Camel and SE5a proving challenging opponents. Early 1918 saw the German government launch a new competition for a new fighter. The aircraft that would ultimately go on … Continue reading A New Age of Fighters – Part 2 – Fokker DVII

Museum Profile: Nationaal Militair Museum -Soesterberg

Europe is home to some incredible aviation museum's with the entire continent having a rich history of unique types and milestones within the industry. Once country I had never previously visited was the Netherlands, which is home to a number of aviation museums. As part of a short trip across the channel last week I … Continue reading Museum Profile: Nationaal Militair Museum -Soesterberg

Sopwith’s First World War Part 2: The Sopwith 1 1/2 Strutter

Following the early success brought about by the Tabloid, Schneider and Baby designs utilised in 1914 and 15, it was time for Sopwith's attentions to turn to a new design to meet the Royal Flying Corps needs. While those early designs had performed well they were still essentially a pre-war sports aircraft adapted to suit. … Continue reading Sopwith’s First World War Part 2: The Sopwith 1 1/2 Strutter

Warbird People: Tom “TK” Kurtz III – General Manager: The Fighter Factory

“Why would someone want to do anything else?” It’s a good question. This was Tom “TK” Kurtz's response to me asking if given the chance to do it all again, he’d end up in the same job he has now, and who could blame him? For those that don’t know Tom is the General Manger … Continue reading Warbird People: Tom “TK” Kurtz III – General Manager: The Fighter Factory

First World War In the Air – RAF Museum – Exhibit Histories

Last week I posted my thoughts on the new First World War exhibition at the RAF Museum's Hendon site, this post looks at the history of the aircraft included in the display. Bleriot XXVII - "433":  This aircrafts history until around 1965 is not known, though it is highly likley that the aircraft was built … Continue reading First World War In the Air – RAF Museum – Exhibit Histories