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British Royal Flying Corps Pilot, 1917

Price: $210.00

BW8BA-36-B58a

Ballantynes

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This 8" scale military statue comes in a Bronze finish with a handsome wooden display base.

From the outbreak of the Great War most military leaders considered that the prime role of aircraft was reconnaissance; they were used as 'aerial cavalry ' and it was not until 1915 that military planes were equipped with guns for offence or defense. Typically, the aircraft were two seaters with the pilot (the chauffer) seated in the front where he had always sat, and the Observer (the officer) seated in the rear. Flying was considered by everybody as jolly good sport for Gentlemen and there was a great deal of camaraderie and rules of honor even between adversaries. (In time observers carried a pistol which was fired at opponent's aero planes - but only while both sides had ammunition available!) It was not until early 1915 that observers were forbidden to take their dogs on reconnaissance flights!

Development was swift, however, as planes became faster, stronger, more reliable and better armed. In 1914 aircraft had a top speed of 65mph, a range of 200 miles and a ceiling of 2000ft; by 1918 200HP, single seat fighters were fighting each other at 15,000ft using machine guns synchronized to fire between the propeller blades. Specialized planes had been developed to drop bombs, strafe trenches and take photographs. Fighting in the sky had become a nasty, serious business; in fact, flying had ceased to be a game.

Of course, flying a flimsy, draughty, flimsy aero plane made of fabric, wood and wires and powered by a noisy air-cooled unreliable engine could never have been much of a game. Huddled in their open cockpits swathed in many layers of sweaters over a long trench coat and high leather boots, pilots were often so cold on landing that they had to be lifted bodily from their planes and carried to their quarters where they could 'thaw out.' Safety standards were non-existent. No parachutes were carried (they were considered too unreliable) and smoking pipes during flight was common. Each plane had its tool kit which the pilot was supposed to be able to use should it be necessary to make a forced landing due to engine trouble. Engines were notoriously fickle; in 1915 one British pilot reported 22 engine malfunctions necessitating forced landings in fields during 30 missions.

In 1918 the Royal Flying Corps was combined with the Royal Naval Air Service, which had been formed in 1914, to create the British Royal Air Force - the R.A.F. What had started as a care-free amateur Gentleman's Club had been transformed into a highly trained, professional and well-armed fighting force which has served Britain well over the past 70 years.

A non-refundable deposit of 50% of the purchase price of this made-to-order item is charged once your order is received. The remainder is not charged until the item is ready to ship to you. We will send you an email with order details and tracking information once the item ships.

This is a hand-crafted made-to-order item. Please allow up to 6 weeks from the time you order until the item ships.

A non-refundable deposit of 50% of the purchase price of this made-to-order item is charged once your order is received. The remainder is not charged until the item is ready to ship to you. We will send you an email with order details and tracking information once the item ships.

This is a hand-crafted made-to-order item. Please allow up to 6 weeks from the time you order until the item ships.

An engraved plate is available upon request for an additional $15. Maximum of 3 lines, 36 characters and spaces per line. Please include this request in the Order Notes or email us directly: [email protected].

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