April 17, 2014 - Four outstanding replica aircraft from the Great War Flying Museum, of Caledon, Ontario, Canada, will participate in EAA's World War I aviation centennial activities at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2014. The aircraft include the museum's Sopwith 1-1/2 Strutter, Royal Aircraft Factory S.E.5a, Nieuport 28, and Fokker Dr.I.
GWFM's Kees Van Berkel said the entire crew at the museum is looking forward to July. "We truly appreciate what Oshkosh is and felt it was a must to be there this year," he said. "Oshkosh is Oshkosh - there is no other.
"On behalf of the museum members and the board of directors, we're thrilled at the honor and privilege of taking part in the World War I aviation centennial. It's something that you can only do once, so it's a great opportunity."
The GWFM was founded in 1970 by members of the Brampton Flying Club. The museum's mission is "to provide the finest local presentation of World War I aviation history by acquiring, building, maintaining, and flying representations of period aircraft as well as displaying period artifacts for the education, entertainment and benefit of our members and the visiting public."
Fokker Dr.I - C-GFJK
This aircraft was completed and first flew in 1982, with major rebuilds in 1993 and 2005. It's painted to represent an all-red triplane flown by German pilot Manfred von Richthofen, better known as The Red Baron. Built from the Sands/Redfern plans, the airplane is powered by a 165 hp Warner Super Scarab engine.
Nieuport 28 - C-FEWL
This airplane represents the American Air Service with "Hat in the Ring" markings based on serial No. 6159 as flown by American Ace Eddie Rickenbacker and the 94th Aero Squadron. The airplane was acquired by the museum as an unfinished project, completed in 1995, with a major rebuild in 1996.
Royal Aircraft Factory S.E.5a - C-GRJC
GWFM's full-scale S.E.5a was completed in 1991 and carries the scheme C1904 of Canadian Ace Billy Bishop of the Royal Flying Corps. Built with original RAF plans for wings and external dimensions of fuselage, the aircraft has an adapted Starduster Too steel structure for its fuselage. Originally powered by a Ford V-6 engine, it was replaced with a Ranger 6-440-C5 in 1996 during a major rebuild. Another rebuild took place in 2006.
Sopwith 1-1/2 Strutter - C-FSOP
This aircraft completed in 2004 based on the Replicraft Plans with a modified steel fuselage. It's considered a rarity among WWI replicas because of its two-seat fighter/observation configuration. Colors represent those of Canadian Sub-Lt. R.F. Redpath of the Royal Naval Air Service, and power comes from a Continental W670 9A. C-FSOP is popular for film work due to its second seat, significantly increasing its ability to replicate scenes from the war.
Further details and schedules of the World War I centennial commemoration activities will be announced as they are finalized.