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Friday, February 5, 2016

The Red Baron

Friday's Fabulous Flyer... 
I am on a 7 day trip and in Amsterdam today, doing homework.  My mother sent me the following email with the video attached, and I found fascinating. I think the Red Baron might deserve to be a fabulous flyer. Enjoy the post, and have a great weekend!

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The Red Baron... 100 year old film.

"The following is a rare piece of film, 100 years old. It shows Baron Von Richthofen, doing an external inspection prior to a mission, as well as his putting on a flying suit prior to a flight in cold weather. If you look close you will also see Hermann Goering.

The Baron was shot down on 21 April 1918 by Roy Brown of the Royal Navy Air Services, a prelude of the R.A.F. The Aussie's also claimed that one of their machine gunners on the ground shot the Baron down; however, UK & Aussie Doctors, after an autopsy, stated that the fatal bullet was shot from above.

The author of this piece has been very involved as a Director of the Roy Brown Museum in Carleton Place, the home town of Roy. Many letters were written over the past 3-4 years and, finally, Roy Brown was inducted into Canada's Aviation Hall of Fame on 4 June 2015.

To think this film almost 100 years old! If you're interested in history or aviation, you should not miss this footage. It was just posted online, and I've never seen anything like it. It's from 1917, an up-close and personal look at the most legendary combat pilot who ever lived, the infamous 'Red Baron', Manfred Von Richthofen. Watch this extremely rare old footage and re-live history.

Note: The mechanic prelubes the valves and they also inspect bullet holes in the cooling shroud. The engine in the Fokker had a stationary crankshaft which the cylinders revolved around, the propeller was fastened to the cylinder case."
Enjoy the Journey!
XO Karlene


  1. OMG :) How safe were those things, anyway? Do you
    think maintenance procedures were adequate?

    Knowing what you know, how long would it take you
    to figure out how to fly this craft? Assuming there
    was no one around to ask? :))

    1. Well Dan, I know that I could get her flying... and what goes up must come down. But I might be too old for this type of flying... but sure would be fun to try!


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