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World War One: Fokker Dr.1 Triplane Manfred von Richthofen

Built in the early 1980's, this full size replica aircraft was the first Fokker Dr.1 to be flown in New Zealand. Up until late 2002, the aircraft wore a generic but spurious lozenge colour scheme. While many wartime German aircraft used a lozenge camoflauge scheme, no Dr.1s were actually painted this way.

 

Manfred von Richthofen (1892-1918)    Pronunciation:  Sound

Rank:

Rittmeister

Victories:

80

Born:

02 May 1892, Breslau

Died:

Died 21 April 1918, Morlancourt Ridge (Killed In Action)

Buried:

Südfriedhof Cemetery, Wiesbaden, Germany
 

Dr1In late 2002 the aircraft was repainted in the more authentic 1918 colour scheme shown here, and had a modified cowling fitted, more in keeping with the original aircraft.

The aircraft then represented Fokker Dr.1 152/17, a partially red aircraft which was flown by Manfred von Richthofen ('The Red Baron'), and in which he scored his 64th, 65th and 66th victories.

In early 2007 the aircraft was was again repainted, this time to represent Dr.1 425/17, the all red aircraft that von Richthofen was flying when he was shot down and killed in April 1918

A detailed and interesting discussion on the final flight of von Richthofen can be fund at this site:

Who Killed The Red Baron?

 

Dr.1

 


 

Several Dr.1s following von Richthofen practicing their low level techniques.

 


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