Category Archives: WWI Aircraft

WWI aircraft in our collection, including the Blue Max Triplane, Se5a, Piper J-4E Cub, and others

Slingsby built replica Se5a

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Battlefind.com has been fortunate enough to be able to re-acquire aircraft that were once a part of our Family in the 1960’s and into the 70’s, in both Ireland and the USA. I was a child in Ireland in the early 70’s and spent many hours playing amongst the 14 aircraft housed at Powerscourt Estates, owned by Lynn Garrison, and leased to many major motion film projects. Of note, this Slingsby built replica Se5a aircraft was flown in the films Darling Lily, Aces High, Zeppelin, Von Richtofen and Brown, and made a brief cameo appearance in the background of the final ground scenes in the Great Waldo Pepper; One of my all time favourite films.

Roger Corman working with the camera operator while installing motion cameras on Se5a during the filming of Von Richtofen and Brown
Roger Corman working with the camera operator while installing motion cameras on Se5a during the filming of Von Richtofen and Brown

We have two in our possession, with two others legally in our name, but still yet to be located and recovered.

Another odd thing that these old birds experienced was an occasional use in advertising. These Se5a of ours were covered with floral wallpaper, using Heinkel glue. Yep, they made wallpaper glue. Only thing is, as soon as they were airbourne, the stuff came right off!! See the photo below.

Notice the damage to the paint from the wallpaper glue peeling away in flight
Notice the damage to the paint from the wallpaper glue peeling away in flight

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Dawn patrol- Not quite...
Dawn patrol- Not quite…

The Blue Max Triplane – The oldest Dr.1 Triplane in the world

Our triplane is a truly special old bird indeed.

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Being one of two Dr1 Triplanes built by Bitz Flugzeugbau in Germany in 1966 for the film industry, it rapidly became highly popular and well recognized as one of the stars of many classic aviation movies like The Blue Max, Von Richtofen and Brown, and others. The fleet of World War One replicas, owned by ex-RCAF fighter pilot Lynn Garrison’s [link to bio page] “Blue Max Aviation”, was based at Baldonnel  before being moved to Weston Aerodrome at Leixlip.