A Tribute To the RFC/RAF by The Vintage Aviator
During a recent pilot training and currency flying weekend, TVAL flew a sortie featuring nine British aircraft from the First World War, as a tribute to the servicemen of the Royal Flying Corps and Royal Air Force (which came into being on the 1st April 1918). All nine aircraft are incredibly accurate reproductions, and all of them are operated with original WW1-era engines, meaning the audio you'll hear in this video below is the actual sound of the First World War in the air. The formation included the following aircraft and engines:
* Royal Aircraft Factory F.E.2b with 160hp 6-cylinder Beardmore inline engine * Royal Aircraft Factory R.E.8 with 150 hp R.A.F. 4a V-12 inline engine * Sopwith Pups (x 2) with 80hp Le Rhone rotary engines * Airco DH.4 with 400hp Liberty V-12 inline engine * Royal Aircraft Factory S.E.5a's (x 3) with 180hp Hispano-Suiza V-8 inline engines * Sopwith Snipe with 230hp Bentley BR.2 rotary enginePhoto: © Historical Aviation Film Unit It is unlikely that there has been a formation of British WW1 aircraft of this size, using original engines, since the early 1920's, making this tribute flypast by TVAL during the RAF's 100th Anniversary year a unique event in the past 90 years or so. As the collection and the number of qualified pilots grows, we expect that the tribute formations will only grow in size as well. Watch this space!
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