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A WW1 film shoot captured at Memaerobilia

Ever needed some action shots of WW1 aircraft - or maybe you were wishing colour film was more widely available earlier in the 20th century?

Well here's the next best thing to re-writing history - a whole bunch of very rare and useful shots taken of action at Ryder's museum. Uniforms - Flying Fields - WWI aircraft being started up - strafing runs by German aircraft over Allied aircraft and tents - WWI vehicles and ambulances. You name it they did it!

Some of these scenes are serious and others are comic (like crashing into haybails and scattering the chickens! tossing bombs over the side etc etc). I took several rolls of these photos, myself during closed film shoots with a professional California movie crew of 46 people and full prop and make-up department over a two week period.

Click on any of the images below for a better view.

Scramble!
Scramble!

Actors scatter as an American airfield comes under attack from German aircraft.

Nieuport lineup
Nieuport lineup

Great shot of American planes lined up ready for action.

Action!
Action!

The red baron prepares for takeoff in his Fokker triplane.

A close shave
A close shave

An Albatros pilot leaps just in time from the burning wreckage of his plane.

Triplane Jasta
Triplane Jasta

A group of four triplanes overflies the film crew.

Strafing run #2
Strafing run #2

The squadron leaps into action as the German planes are spotted approaching at low level.

Strafing run #3
Strafing run #3

American and British planes (note the Sopwith triplane in the foreground) attempting to take off and deal with the attackers.

Strafing run #4
Strafing run #4

Bombs straddle the airfield and hangars.

Strafing run #5
Strafing run #5

The German planes escaping, seen over a waiting ambulance.

 

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