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Circus Comes to Town

By patspeirs  
The Circus comes to Town!! - WW1 Series (5)

For some time in 1917 the Fokker Triplane was the scourge of the Flanders’ skies. Much more manoeuvrable than the current RFC aircraft the ‘Tripe’ was instrumental in the near total failure of the Allied air arm in that year. Front-line aircrew service life averaged less than three weeks and new pilots were pitched into the fray with about 10-12 hrs total flying experience - see the Derek Robinson trilogy for the background, most readable.

The Dr1 served with the famous Richthofen Circus which was instantly recognisable by the varied colour schemes adopted for individual aircraft. Effective for only a few months - very effective as the ‘Red Baron’ gained 20 of his victories flying the type - the Dr1 was withdrawn from service by mid 1918 after a rash of wing failures laid at the door of shoddy construction. Hermann Goering, the Luftwaffe leader in WW2, served with this elite group.

The fascination for the type remains strong and I have photographs of six different (and most colourful) examples of Dr1 rebuilds in the archives, culled from Canadian and UK airshows.

Image is a composite showing a section of Dr1 triplanes about to fall on a pair of unsuspecting French Nieuports - photographs from a variety of airshows and background from the archives. Complementary image to the previous post - offering a balanced viewpoint!!

Tags: Aircraft Digital art Ww1 Triplane

Voters: Imagephotographics, LeeFisher, Jalapeno and 45 more

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19 Apr 2010 10:49AM
Great work again Pat


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Jalapeno 8 127 2 Iceland
19 Apr 2010 10:50AM
Always a joy Smile well done.

Since you do not allow people to comment on your portfolio (an option in the settings), I will say it here:

Thanks for all the time you take to post your work. I really enjoy the informative pieces of work you create and post here. Well done Smile Thanks for sharing!!
User_Removed 14 17.9k 8 Norway
19 Apr 2010 10:51AM
First class.
Joline Plus
11 30 53 United States
19 Apr 2010 11:01AM
You have created an amazing set of images.
UBOAT 10 41 Scotland
19 Apr 2010 11:15AM
Brilliant composition grampa, great setting and lighting and has to be one of my favourite one's.

19 Apr 2010 11:16AM
Thanks Jalapeno - was not aware that I had 'barred' portfolio comment, thanks for the info and the gracious comment, bar now lifted.
jeronius 9 1 1 England
19 Apr 2010 11:31AM
This is brilliantly done.
Hugeknot 13 1.2k 2 Iceland
19 Apr 2010 11:48AM
A fantastic series, this is spotless digital art.
franken Plus
15 4.6k 4 United Kingdom
19 Apr 2010 12:26PM
Fascinating work; truly superb!

Another stunning piece of work, a superb series with an excellent informative narrative.
ChrisV Plus
11 2.1k 26 United Kingdom
19 Apr 2010 2:51PM
Uncanny you've got disparate shots to enable you to show these peeling off in almost perfect formation!

There's a variety in your montages that always makes the next one [with accompanying comments] something to look forward to.
19 Apr 2010 3:34PM
Very impressed

19 Apr 2010 4:04PM
Thanks Chris - try to take as many different angles as possible especially front and rear -opens up a lot of options back at the desk! What a difference from the old film days!! Your comments much appreciated.

Oliverpants 9 2 2 England
19 Apr 2010 5:02PM
Fantastic work, ending in a work of art image. Ann
rockfish 8 1 United Kingdom
19 Apr 2010 5:30PM
Fabulous work once more Pat. Another great image and excellent info.
viscostatic 11 36 5 United Kingdom
19 Apr 2010 5:44PM
Another great image.

Canadiann 8 2 Canada
19 Apr 2010 7:06PM
Wow Pat another piece of beautifully done work. Love all the colours in this one. That formation is a super job. Always enjoy reading all about it.
19 Apr 2010 7:56PM
Amazing shot Pat, very well done.

John Smile
Jestertheclown 9 7.7k 252 England
19 Apr 2010 9:00PM
Another excellent piece of work Pat.
Shroomer 11 14 167 England
19 Apr 2010 9:25PM
Amazing work and total dedication and lots of time I presume for this fine work of art Pat. Outstanding scene and love the informative narrative
19 Apr 2010 10:28PM
Thanks to all for your gracious comments, much appreciated. Richard, took a while to go through all the pic lists hoping to find just the right attitude for each a/c - these composites go through over 20 iterations to get the right placements and then about 25% get junked! Keeps me out of the pub, mostly.
12 12 1 United Kingdom
19 Apr 2010 11:00PM
Great image Pat.
19 Apr 2010 11:08PM
Stunning work Pat. Congratulations once again on your awards, so richly deserved.
20 Apr 2010 7:01AM
What can I say Pat that hasn't been said, nothing really but I say it anyway. This is fantastic work, I can't believe that you've only got 40 votes for this. There was a composite image yesterday on here that was the featured E2 image and it hit triple figures. It was not even in the same league as this. It doesn't look fake, thats the thing.

If you can't sell these by the shed load at airshows I'll eat my hat.

20 Apr 2010 9:19AM
Thanks Greg, most heartening. Try very hard to avoid 'looking 'fake' - glad to know it works some of the time. See you at Duxford??
excellent all round capture,well done pat.ray
20 Apr 2010 12:08PM

Quote:Thanks Greg, most heartening. Try very hard to avoid 'looking 'fake' - glad to know it works some of the time. See you at Duxford??

Hopefully I wont be in the country, Virgin Atlantic flights on May 1st Permitting Smile
Scaramanga Plus
10 56 6 United Kingdom
20 Apr 2010 1:59PM
Really wonderfully put together the way they tail off in order, great colours too.
cassiecat 9 39 46 England
21 Apr 2010 3:38AM
love the positioning of these, and the fact that youve resisted having them all totally visible makes the formation more believable, and of course the red one has to go at the front Smile congrats on the well deserved user awards.lesley
22 Apr 2010 6:14PM
Another great combination of skilfully produced picture and fascinating write up.

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