Thursday, February 15, 2018

Omaka Aviation Heritage Centre, 2

Continuing my tour of the great collection of WWI planes, replicas, memorabilia...
The German Gotha, first purpose-built bomber; terrorized
London for a time before attrition set in

The Brits' answer, the Vickers Vimy

Photograph of a Gotha; the museum is replete with photos, some
films, much else

Thus, close-up movie of a German 2-seater with the bombardier
hand-tossing anti-personnel bombs on allied troops

Quite a few of the life-sized dioramas depict real events; here
a pilot, about to abandon ship, learns he can maneuver his
craft to a landing by standing outside the fuselage and creating
drag with a leg...flying a still fairly primitive in 1918;
interesting tidbit: the Brits did not allow use of parachutes
until late in the war...they were afraid the pilots would be less
inclined to saving their craft...

The Centre has four Fooker triplane replicas, all air-worthy...

Scene depicting a Brit flyer who landed in a tree and was captured


The four Fokkers ("no, dem Fokkers was flyin' Messerschmidts"
(favorite joke))

Model of one of the Zeppelins; they also terrorized London for
a time until the Brits figured out they were a bit, um, flammable;
note the table service from one of the trans-Atlantic versions
of later years

Art Nouveau clock with airplane model surmounting it; a model
of the Etrich Taube (devil) first produced in 1910; the Taube
was the most bird-like of all planes ever built (see previous
post for life-size version)

Baron Manfred von Richtofen; greatest ace of the
war with 80 victories; crashed near an Australian
artillery battery and thus much of his personal
effects came to this part of the world

Another German ace, Hermann Goering, who
went on to greater infamy in the Third Reich;
he was one of the major weaknesses in the
German military, his bone-headedness so
legendary that the Allies carefully avoided
bombing the Air Ministry in Berlin; it is the
only WWII structure that has survived the war
and reconstruction

Richtofen's hankie


About the Red Baron's last flight

Australian troops looting his plane and person for souvenirs;
he was quite well known and recognizable, perhaps the best
known individual of the war

A favored prize was the black cross taken from German crashes

Photo of German aerodrome

Films and other media


I really wanted this T-shirt but Vicki reminded
me I now have a T-shirt for every day of the
year; and have already bought three in NZ

3 comments:

Tawana said...

Well, you could have bought the T-shirt for Wes!

Tawana said...


The new National Geographic History magazine arrived today, and it has an article and several photos on “The Red Baron.”

Rebecca said...

I note that M is conspicuously absent from these photos! ;)