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WW1 aeroplanes and dogfights revisited

The Sunday show was the one I had chosen because it featured the aircraft of the "Great War" as WWI is sometimes called. The first impression I had was one of sound. I like most had never heard the sound of a rotary aircraft engine. The rotary engine is one where the propeller is fixed to the engine crankcase that turns with it while the crankshaft is attached to the aircraft. The sound generated by such a concoction is truly unique. True to the period many of the aircraft flying on Sunday were equipped with such engines. Prime among them was the Fokker DR1 Triplane of "Red Baron" fame that flew more than any other that day. Another with this engine was the mount of many WW1 Aces and Snoopy in the Peanuts comic strip, the Sopwith Camel. Spads, Newports and even an Albatross shared the air with other BI-winged birds of by gone days. The sights, sounds and smells of early winged warfare echoed through the green valley for the better part of two hours. A better show for an aviation buff or anyone even remotely interest in aircraft would be hard to find.

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