World War I Aircraft

Wings Over Wairarapa goes into it's ninth airshow in January 2015 promising a wide range of display aircraft which will amaze and entertain.   The emphasis at Wings is always on the variety of aircraft displayed rather than limiting the event to particular themes or aircraft types.  Watch this space for regular announcements of feature aircraft.


If you are interested particularly in WW1 then check out the Wairarapa's First World War Centenary Website.

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Fokker Dr.1 Triplane: Easily the most recognisable German aircraft of the period and famously flown by Von Richtofen (the Red Baron) and his “Flying Circus”, so called because of the elaborate lengths his pilots went to personalise their aircraft.  The DrI was one of Germany's responses to the threat posed by the Sopwith Triplane.



Fokker D.VII: Also built for “The Blue Max” this aircraft went through an extensive rebuild after its purchase by The Vintage Aviator Ltd to bring its performance up to something close to the original model's.  At the end of the Great War there were close on 800 DVIIs still serving at the front, this being twice the number of the far better known  Triplane, of which only about 400 were built.


Sopwith Camel: Not only is the Camel the most identifiable Allied aircraft of the Great War it was also the most successful Allied design of the period.  This Camel is painted in the colours of New Zealand's Capt Clive Collet. She has an original Gnome rotary engine and when in flight is most notable for the extraordinary engine sounds which are a result the unusual method of control for the engine speed.



    Sopwith Triplane:  Known as the “‘Tripehound” by her pilots the Sopwith Triplane was a development of the already excellent characteristics displayed by the company's earlier “Pup” biplane. The enemy's response was the development of approximately 24 types of Triplane in an attempt to counter the Tripehound's superior climb rate and maneuverability.
    Royal Aircraft Factory SE5a: These aircraft were introduced in large numbers in 1918. They were originally powered by 150 hp Hispano Suiza V8s and despite early failures, became known for their strength.  New Zealand RFC pilot Capt Keith Caldwell famously received the Military Cross for managing to regain control of a damaged SE5a by standing on the wing and flying it by reaching into the cockpit until he got the aircraft low enough to the ground to jump clear!

Airco DH.5:  Designed in 1916, this was Geoffrey de Havillands attempt to design an aircraft with the performance of a 'tractor' type, but with the visibility of a pusher aircraft. This was their first design to use interrupter gear to allow the gun to fire through the propeller arc. This type while unsuccessful as a attitude fighter, proved it's worth as a ground attack machine.

    Pfalz D.III:  This type was built between 1917 and 1918 and was the first aircraft of their own design to be built by the Pfalz Flugzeug-Werk. Previously they had been building Roland designed fighters under license. This aircraft is one of the D.III's built for the 1966 film, The Blue Max. Built by Personal Plane services, it was based on a Gypsy or Tiger Moth steel tube fuselage.
    Nieuport XI: This type was designed as a racer for the 1914 Gordon Bennett air race which resulted in an aircraft that was small, fast and highly maneuverable. After the race was cancelled due to the start of WW1, it wasn't long before this type was accepted for production as a fighter. Powered by the distinctive sounding 80hp Le Rhone 9C rotary engine.


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