Friday, March 22, 2019

Air War

World War One coming a few years after the dawn of flight marked the beginning of aerial warfare. This is examined at length in the museum. This is a Royal Aircraft Factory S.E.5a. These fighters were used extensively by the British. 

Beside it is a Fokker D.VII, the German equivalent in wide use during the war.

Display panels and artifacts look at what the early military pilots wore into combat, and at items like miniature models, medals, and other souvenirs of the time.

Maurice Farman, a French engineer, designed the Farman Serie 11, and it saw use among Allied nations. It bore the name Shorthorn. This is one of two surviving planes of the type.


  1. Great pictures. Can you imagine flying in one of those!

  2. I´d never ever be brave enough to hop in. Not even for fun... You can fall out of these things!
    But then... we just hopped in the car just like that (I lost a tooth in a nearly-accident).

  3. Replies
    1. Hi William, what an interesting post. I love the dressing for combat images but like Fi, I can't imagine flying in any of those machines. Eish! Have a great day. Jo

  4. Those planes look like toys compared to the modern planes.

  5. They "flew" the war into such fragile devices ...
    They are really pioneers of aviation!

  6. ...bravery was an important to fly these planes.

  7. Great post and pictures. Wood and fabric - astonishing - and not actually that long ago. I'm also thinking Biggles...of course. Nice series, William!

  8. It is so hard to believe those old airplanes could fly.


  9. There wasn’t much to those early planes.

  10. I wonder how these wars would have been different if we hadn't learned to fly.

  11. They look so rickety and insubstantial to my eyes. But they worked, didn't they? :-)

  12. I think I went to this museum many years ago, when YoungerSon was a pre-teen. So different from the planes of today.

  13. Quite the cabin on the short horn.

  14. Great museum shots ~ Son was Naval Officer in US he would love this ~ thanks!

    Happy Moments to You,
    A ShutterBug Explores,
    aka (A Creative Harbor)

  15. The museum has quite a collection of flying machines.

  16. What a difference between them and the planes now a days. Looks like a great museum to visit

  17. I can't get over how fragile they looked!

  18. You'd need to be brave to go up in one of those, even without the added hazard of someone shooting at you!

  19. These do make one think of the guts and courage it took to fly one of these planes.

  20. Don't think I would feel safe flying in one of those planes.

  21. The Great War, wasn't that the war of the famous pilot Snoopy against the Bloody Red Baron? ;-)

  22. @Lady Fi: these days they're so valuable that even if they're airworthy, you don't want to take them out into the skies.

    @Iris: the airport has a replica biplane that goes out in warm weather. At least I'm assuming where that thing flies out of. It's a tourist sort of thing. I should really do that, being out in an open seat in the air.

    @Italiafinlandia: they had guts.

    @Jo: thank you!

    @Nancy: quite true.

    @Ella: they were inventing military tactics every time they went up in the air.

    @Tom: it certainly was.

    @Mike: thank you!

    @Francisco: thanks!

    @Janis: and yet they did.

    @Marie: they were a lot lighter than what you fly in today.

    @Sandi: quite different.

    @DJan: that they did.

    @Shammickite: different indeed.

    @Red: definitely!

    @Carol: You're welcome.

    @Sharon: it does indeed.

    @Happyone: it is!

    @RedPat: and yet they did.

    @John: true!

    @Barbara: I agree.

    @Bill: I'd love to have a go at a biplane.

    @Jan: it was!

  23. i love the fur on the top of the coats' collar ... way cool. i bet it would keep u warm on those Canadian mornings. nice! ( ;
    have a great weekend. windy here in VA.

  24. Very interesting! My husband and I enjoy those kinds of museums.
    Have a wonderful weekend!

  25. Such wonderful photos of these fabulous airplanes.
    Remember the movie The Magnificent Men and Their Flying Machines ?

    cheers, parsnip

  26. None of these planes look like comfortable rides.

  27. You ae quite prodigious and I fell a bit behind, but I like seeing these old places. It's amazing how rapidly aircraft evolve. Of course, this is true in all areas of technology.

  28. Fabulous. Just thing or the amazing changes over the century. Tweeted.

  29. Another great post William … so hard to believe those old airplanes could fly.

    All the best Jan

  30. We have beautiful WW2 outfits in our museum.

  31. @Beth: thank you.

    @Lea: I must get back.

    @Parsnip: I haven't seen it.

    @Kay: probably not.

    @Jennifer: indeed.

    @Anvilcloud: definitely.

    @Mari: things change.

    @Jan: I agree with that.

    @Klara: as we do in our war museum.