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    [FONT=Verdana]There's an incredible collection of World War One (and earlier) aircraft photos on this website http://www.earlyaeroplanes.com/archive1.htm. I'll post thirty but there are plenty more.[/FONT]

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    [FONT=Verdana]Fokker D.VII preparing for takeoff[/FONT]

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    [FONT=Verdana]Fokker D.VII in lozenge camouflage[/FONT]

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    [FONT=Verdana]Captured Fokker D.VII[/FONT]

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    [FONT=Verdana]Albatros Doppeldecker[/FONT]

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    [FONT=Verdana]Albatros B2 over the Alps[/FONT]

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    [FONT=Verdana]Albatros C1 crashed into a house[/FONT]

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    [FONT=Verdana]Albatros C.III in flight[/FONT]

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    [FONT=Verdana]Captured Albatros D.1 and British soldiers[/FONT]

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    [FONT=Verdana]Albatros D.II Lieutenant Pfiefer with rearview mirror[/FONT]

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    [FONT=Verdana]Hermann Goering (before he got fat) in the cockpit of an Albatros D.III[/FONT]

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    [FONT=Verdana]Albatros D.III Werner Voss & Manfred von Richtofen[/FONT]

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    [FONT=Verdana]Vierdecker[/FONT]

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    [FONT=Verdana]Aerial camera being used from LVG[/FONT]

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    [FONT=Verdana]Aerial mishap between Halberstadt D.II & LVG C.II[/FONT]

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    [FONT=Verdana]Spad XIII 91st Aero Captain Everett R. Cook[/FONT]

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    [FONT=Verdana]Sopwith Camel[/FONT]

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    [FONT=Verdana]Sopwith 2F.I Camel with wing-mounted twin Lewis MGs[/FONT]

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    [FONT=Verdana]Infantry passing downed Sopwith Camel[/FONT]

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    [FONT=Verdana]Sopwith Snail[/FONT]

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    [FONT=Verdana]Royal Aircraft Factory BE2a No 6 Squadron[/FONT]

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    [FONT=Verdana]RAF FE8 over the front[/FONT]

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    [FONT=Verdana]Farman 40 with death's head nacelle[/FONT]

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    [FONT=Verdana]Morane-Saulnier N Imperial Russian Air Service[/FONT]

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    [FONT=Verdana]Immelmann's 7th victory over Morane-Saulnier P[/FONT]

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    [FONT=Verdana]Rumpler C.1a dropping bomb[/FONT]

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    [FONT=Verdana]Spad VII with cigogne insignia (I'm not sure what that is) alongside Handley Page bomber[/FONT]

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    [FONT=Verdana]Breguet 14B.2 bomber in flight[/FONT]

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    Amazing. Thanks for the link. To think that we are not even 100 years past those pictures and look at our aviation accomplishments.. the heyday might of been the 60s, but from first powered flight to the moon in less than 40 years...

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    Fokker Built D.VIIF (engine panel louvers the giveaway from Albatros & A.O.W. versions)
    Had the 185hp B.M.W. engine

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    Quote Originally Posted by SpeedyHedgehog View Post
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    [FONT=Verdana]RAF FE8 over the front[/FONT]
    Absolutely amazingly informative pic, thanks!

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    I like the quote they have on the first page of the website:

    We do not consider that aeroplanes will be of any possible use for war purposes
    - Richard Haldane, Secretary of State for War, 1910

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    Quote Originally Posted by SpeedyHedgehog View Post
    I like the quote they have on the first page of the website:
    "The Machinegun is a Much overrated Weapon"
    -Douglas Haig

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    Amazing photos. I don't know what I wouldn't want to be at that time, a pilot or a rifleman. No parachute, no armor (for you or your engine parts), no nothing and you could have three MG's spitting at ya at once.

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    Awesome pictures thanks for post. Good timing to. Got a assignment on WW1 and these will come in handy
    And a side note. I love how when the plane crashed on the roof of the house its just sitting on top its that light. These days you'll completely destroy the house

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    Quote Originally Posted by Migs View Post
    Amazing photos. I don't know what I wouldn't want to be at that time, a pilot or a rifleman. No parachute, no armor (for you or your engine parts), no nothing and you could have three MG's spitting at ya at once.
    Well the infantrymen were in constant terror and misery, if they weren't shot at they had to endure the weather, their own flesh rotting away, constant shelling, gas and if they were lucky to finally get out of their holes there was a rather good chance they would get killed as soon as they got up from under cover.

    I think I rather fly, even if just to feel in what might be my very short lifetime, what others might never feel in their long lived lives.

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    Fokker D.VII, freshly restored.
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    SE5a from the South African National Museum of Military History









    Airco DH.9


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    Awesome photos! Thanks for sharing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SpeedyHedgehog View Post
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    [FONT=Verdana]Spad VII with cigogne insignia (I'm not sure what that is) alongside Handley Page bomber[/FONT]


    The Cigogne Insignia is the bird on the side of the plane.

    Here's a Babel Fish translation of Wikipedia's entry for "Escadrille des Cigognes"

    "Flotilla of the Storks
    Célèbre Groupe of Combat whose planes in some escadrilles were decorated with a stork, it was the cradle great figures of the French Fighter force. The pilots Rene Fonck, Georges Guynemer, Rene Sleeps, Alfred Heurteaux, Joseph-Henri Guiguet, Roland Garros 1, Holding Mathieu of the Tower and well of others were with the orders of the planes of the SPA3 and SPA103, both more famous escadrilles, of 1914 to 1918.

    Formed in Rheims during the year 1912, the GC12 was equipped, at the beginning, of Nieuport then famous SPAD VII and SPAD XIII. Ordered by the Aubry captain, the GC12 left Rheims, its base of parking of the time of peace. Little time after the mobilization in August 1914. There it was availability of the Lanrezac army and was placed under the orders of the commander de Rose future promoter of the fighter force to France."


    (translation is near perfect )

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    Quote Originally Posted by name already taken View Post

    The Cigogne Insignia is the bird on the side of the plane.
    Thanks.

    Quote Originally Posted by Austra View Post
    Awesome pictures thanks for post. Good timing to. Got a assignment on WW1 and these will come in handy
    And a side note. I love how when the plane crashed on the roof of the house its just sitting on top its that light. These days you'll completely destroy the house
    It's amazing how many pictures there are of planes that have crashed and are standing on their nose (or upside down). I'm guessing this is also because of their light weight and relatively slow speeds.

    Hannover CL.IIIa brought down by American machine gunners in the Argonne 1918

    Crashed SPAD VII

    Hansa-Brandenburg D.I


    Albatros C.V

    Albatros D.Va

    LVG B.I

    LVG crashed into house

    Crashed Salmsons after aerial accident

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