However, the guy in the cockpit of my Fokker Dr.1 Triplane was Apollo Astronaut John Young. He and Gene Cernan were guests of honor at the 1970 FAI conference in Dublin. We had a small air show at the Powersourt airfield in which I flew the Triplane.
After the flight Young, Cernan and Russian General Ivan Kozehdub (Spelling??) sat in the Dr.1 for photos. Khozedhub was the leading World Ward Two ace with something over 62 confirmed victories. He also led the Mig-15s against the Americans in Korea.
I am looking for a photo of Khozedhub in the Triplane. Is there anyone out there was a picture.
As for the bridge scene. I believe Piggot flew through it for several takes. The sheep grazing there got used to him and stopped scattering so had to be scared by a crew member for continuity's sake. I often wonder has anyone copied that fly under since? I would bet money on it!
As for the film itself I'm old enough to remember it being made as I lived about six miles from Baldonnel just on the edge of Dublin. It's funny how quickly you get used to seeing formations of biplanes passing overhead and even dogfights. I also remember seeing flying for 'The Red Baron' and 'Darling Lili'.
One summer evening. I heard the roaring of engines nearby but couldn't see them. So I ran out to the field near my house and saw two biplanes, one German, one British engaged in the most incredible low level duel. The pilots were clearly visible as they fought to gain an advantage. I was speechless with excitement. It wasn't part of the film as there were modern houses nearby. I often wonder who those pilots were. Maybe they were Air Corps pilots putting on a display for their family? No airshow display has ever come close, not even one of Hum's.
I'd love to trace who the pilots were. It was during the making of The Red Baron, I think.
As for the pictures of EI-ARN, the Wren. I remember when it crashed. I was in the FCA at the time as was the pilot concerned. He turned up at the barracks the following day, arm in a sling, looking a little ruffled. His NCO colleagues didn't exactly sympathise with his plight. Six of them took off their web belts and formed ranks, belts between them as a makeshift stretcher and doubled over to him, shouting 'Hup, hup, hup'. As if they were rescuing him. He took it in good part as you must in the military!
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