June 18, 2010 - Five WWI Replica Aircraft Coming to AirVenture Oshkosh World War I replica fighters will take to the sky over Oshkosh during EAA AirVenture 2010, as the Vintage Aero Flying Museum (VAFM) in Hudson, Colorado, brings five of their magnificent airplanes to Oshkosh.
The Vintage Aero Flying Museum is home to one of the world's largest collections of World War I aviation memorabilia. It also maintains and flies three full-scale airplanes including a Fokker Dr.1 triplane, a Fokker D.VII, and a Fokker D.VIII, along with two 7/8-scale replica Royal Aircraft Factory SE5a aircraft. Plans are to bring them all to Oshkosh this summer.
"We are really excited to participate in this year's show," said Andy Parks, VAFM director, whose father, Dr. James Parks, founded the museum in 1983. "We are anxious to bring materials from our collection regarding some of the most prominent aces and pilots of the First World War. I can't think of a better place to demonstrate and display our replica aircraft than AirVenture."
Along with the airplanes, Parks said they'll bring a sampling of WWI artifacts to display, providing AirVenture attendees a rare glimpse of this important period of early aviation history. The VAFM is the official home of the Lafayette Escadrille, a fighter squadron of the French Air Service during World War I comprised largely of American volunteer pilots. The museum has obtained and safeguards artifacts from members of that well known unit, which was featured in the 2006 feature film, Flyboys.
The display, to be located near AirVenture's showcase AeroShell Square, will include uniforms, decorations, logbooks, and other personal effects from some of the most renowned aces from both sides of "The War To End All Wars." There will also be living history exhibits and daily discussions on World War I aircraft and the aviators who flew them.
"World War I replicas cross over several parts of what comprises EAA - vintage, warbirds, homebuilts," said Adam Smith, EAA vice president of membership. "This is a particularly beautiful collection of airplanes, and we're really pleased that the Vintage Aero Flying Museum has chosen to bring them all to Oshkosh and participate this year."
Along with the full-scale Fokker replicas - all of which were built using actual Fokker plans - VAFM also has a number of full-scale WWI Allied fighter projects under way and soon to be flying. VAFM also has a growing collection of World War II material and a flying Vultee BT-13 trainer.
Vintage Aero Flying Museum is located at the Platte Valley Airpark north of Denver. For more information, visit www.vafm.org.
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