Snapshots of the War
March 1937 Flying Aces

May 1934 Flying Aces

Flying Aces May 1934 - Airplanes and Rockets3 Table of Contents

These pages from vintage modeling magazines like Flying Aces, Air Trails, American Modeler, American Aircraft Modeler, Young Men, Flying Models, Model Airplane News, R/C Modeler, captured the era. All copyrights acknowledged.


Snapshots of the War

Slow and solid - but sound. The old British Armstrong-Whitworth (Ack-W, as the boys called her) was used mainly for camera and artillery observation work, where speed wasn't so necessary. It mounted the old Sunbeam engine and saw considerable service between '16 and '18.

(Puglisi photo.)

Here's one of those Jerry Albatross C-V's which attempted to compete with the Bristol Fighters during '17. A splendid job, but not smart enough to take the "Brisfit" on even terms. The Halberstadt later replaced the. C-V. (Puglisi photo.)

One of the best photographs we have ever offered on this page. It shows in rare detail the Clerget rotary engine as it was mounted in the Sopwith Camel. The cowling has been removed, of course. Note also the arrangement of the two fixed Vickers machine guns, the nose of the Aldis telescopic sight, and the ring sight. That small propeller fitted on the center-section strut to the left ran a tiny generator which provided current: for the electrically-heated Sidcot suits the British pilots wore in the last year of the War. A darned good picture, and no mistake! (Williams Aerophoto.)

Left: Another unusual "shot" - this time of a German Dornier flying boat built late in 1915 for North Sea patrol work. Observe the structure of the lower stub wing, a feature still used by the Dornier firm. And also note the steel tubing used in the tail booms. The question is: "Where are the motors?" The propellers are there, sure enough. Well, from what we can make out they were actuated by chain gears running up from somewhere in the aft section of the hull. Anyhow, you might sit down some night and try to figure it all out - which is probably just what the Heinies did. (R. C. Hare photo.)

Right: This crash must have got somebody on the carpet for a lot of explaining. The D.H.4 shown at the left - that is, what's left of it - was being stunted by an American airman over Trier aerodrome a short time after the Armistice just when another Yank pilot was taking off in a captured German Fokker. In their mutual excitement, they crashed together, and both fliers were seriously injured. You wouldn't have cared to be mixed up in that mess, you say? Well, brother, neither would we! Incidentally, that wasn't the only post-Armistice crack-up. Yep, the cocarde on that upturned D.H. wing was the early form of American insignia.