Sunday, September 11, 2022

Three Fighters Of The Skies

World War One was hugely influential on aviation- and vice versa. Whereas traditionally combat tactics evolved gradually over time, it was in the air with brand new technology that young pilots were literally inventing new tactics every time they went up. Many of them didn't survive.

This is the Sopwith Ship Camel, a British fighter of the First World War. Canadian pilots generally joined the Royal Flying Corps, as the RCAF wasn't even founded until 1924.

Close by is the Sopwith Snipe, another British fighter.

Canadian ace William Barker, the most decorated serviceman in the country's history, is present here with a bust near the Snipe.

A German fighter, a product of the last year of the war, and a superb plane: the Fokker D.VII. 


  1. Great exhibit, the planes are cool and I like that sculpture. Happy Sunday, have a great new week!

  2. I doubt whether I would have been brave enough to fly in one of those planes. They are impressive though.

  3. What a difference between then and now. Drones and such.

  4. @italiafinlandia: it's worth it.

    @Eileen: me too.

    @Francisco: thanks.

    @Gemel: I agree.

    @Jennifer: a big difference.

  5. ..air warfare changed everything.

  6. It's hard to believe they actually fought a war with those little planes.

  7. There are many old planes together so that it is not easy to photograph them well. But you made a nice series of it.

  8. Those guys were so brave to go up in those planes.

  9. You showed some famous airplanes.

  10. Tommy Sopwith was very famous over here and is remembered in a couple of churches at Kings Sombourne

  11. @Tom: it really did.

    @Sharon: fought it the hard way too.

    @Iris: the idea simply was to break up the outline of the plane and confuse someone looking from a distance.

    @Jan: thank you.

    @RedPat: they were.

    @Red: famous for good reason.

    @Billy: thanks for the information!

  12. My husband loves aviation museums. The details are rather lost on me but like classic cars they make for good photographs.

  13. what fun. i enjoy the design/pattern. very cool. ( ;