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Shearwater International Air Show – Hey… I Remember That

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Every few weeks or so, you’ll see a new report here about an air show or event that contains some recollections and images from a bygone era.  Some reports will review air shows no longer produced while others may feature some notable past military exercises; all will contain some long-since retired aircraft.  As we here at Classic Warbirds go through our extensive collections of images (slides and negatives as well as digital archives), we often mutter under our breaths “Hey, I remember that…”, and so, can you do the same? 

 

Event:  Shearwater International Air Show

Location:  Canadian Forces Base Shearwater, Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, Canada

Reported Dates:  1990 – 2002

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Ottawa Ontario – Hey… I Remember That!

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Every few weeks or so, you’ll see a new report here about an air show or event that contains some recollections and images from a bygone era.  Some reports will review air shows no longer produced while others may feature some notable past military exercises; all will contain some long-since retired aircraft.  As we here at Classic Warbirds go through our extensive collections of images (slides and negatives as well as digital archives), we often mutter under our breaths “Hey, I remember that…”, and so, can you do the same?

 

Event:  National Capital Air Show

Location:  Ottawa International Airport,  Ontario Canada (today’s Ottawa Macdonald-Cartier International Airport)

Reported Dates:  1990 – 1992 (first 3 years at this location)

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National Championship Air Races 2013

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The period beginning in the early 1930’s and culminating in the late 1940’s saw the most dramatic advancement of the aircraft in history. At the hands of designers and engineers such as Dutch Kindelberger, Lee Atwood, Don Berlin, Howard Hughes, Kelly Johnson and Willie Messerschmitt, aircraft matured from wire and strut braced designs to streamlined performance machines. Early in this transitional period, it was the desire to push the boundaries of performance, altitude, and airspeed, that defined design convention. “What can she do”, or in the words of the unrelenting Howard Hughes, “She’ll go faster”. But the dark clouds of war brought new priorities to aircraft design. Soon, the need for performance was fueled by a need for survival. Orders during the war meant designs featuring the ultimate combination of performance, the most powerful engine mated to the smallest airframe, which the designers were then forced to pollute with as much armament and fuel as could be carried and still meet the military requirements.

Yet, one can’t help but think as those designers, engineers, and draftsmen toiled for hours over drafting boards and slide rules, they must have wondered what their design could do in its purest form………

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Fokker DR1 Mini Documentary

Chris Grube and his father spent 15 years building their own RED BARON also known as the Fokker DR1 Tri-plane. It is a exact flying reproduction of an aircraft made famous by German World War I Fighter Ace Manfred von Richthofen known as “The Red Baron” who earned 80 kills in the DR1. The only changes made to this version over the original are a modern engine, a tail wheel for landing on paved runways and equipment required for flying in the United States. All other aspects of this aircraft are identical to a Fokker Tri-plane produced 97 years ago. The DR1 was the most maneuverable aircraft flown during World War I and was feared by pilots that flew against it in combat.
Chris is planning to display and fly his Fokker DR1 during future airshows as his schedule permits.

Contact Information for Chris Grube is: vongrube2008@yahoo.com