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'Bad Day at the Office'!

By patspeirs  
‘Bad Day at the Office’

A lonely SE5A is harried by a couple of Fokker Dr1s - with only a minimal speed advantage in hand the SE will have to wriggle out of this by manoeuvre. Where is your wing man when you need him most!!

By 1917 the ‘art’ of air combat had become more and more refined with the better pilots being aided by lesser lights acting as support or ‘wing men’. von Richthofen, in particular, worked this tactic to his very great advantage achieving 80 ‘kills’ from late 1916 until April 1918. He didn't adopt the overall red aircraft finish until early 1918.

A typical combat scene in the grey skies of Flanders in the latter months of WW1 - where RFC front line pilots had a life expectancy of about three weeks

Tags: Aircraft Digital art Ww1 SE5a Fokker Dr1

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Jestertheclown 9 7.7k 252 England
14 Sep 2011 5:12PM
Another great job Pat.

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viscostatic 11 36 5 United Kingdom
14 Sep 2011 5:55PM
Great work Pat. This is a superb image.

A stunning image, Pat and excellent write-up. Amazing work.
UBOAT 10 41 Scotland
15 Sep 2011 5:03PM
Fabulous comp grampa. Another one of your best.


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