On 18 May 1918, the 96th Aero Squadron started air operations from Amanty Aerodrome in the Toul sector, northeastern France, with 10 Bre-14 B2 bombers and an unspecified number of this A2 reconnaissance version. The A2 could also carry four small bombs.
Wearing the colours of the 12th Photosection, 96th Aero Squadron (American Expeditionary Force), the A2 carried a camera and a wireless set for observation and reconnaissance. The Lewis gun was mounted on a Etévé-ring, similar to the British Scarff-ring
Completed in the USA in 1994 as an airworthy replica, powered by a Warner Super Scarab, it has been fitted with a dummy rotary before becoming part of this intriguing World War I diorama at the Aviation Heritage Centre.
Built and first flown in the US as N240TS, ZK-JOB is one of several airworthy Dr.I replicas in New Zealand. This aircraft is in the personal colours of Lt Eberhard Mohnike of Jasta 11 as based at Lechelle aerodrome, France, in March 1918.
Without doubt the most photographed diorama at the Aviation Heritage Centre is this wintery scene showing the conclusion of an aerial battle between the pilot of the German Siemens-Schuckert D.IV and this 40 Squadron, RFC, Nieuport 27 ending up in a tree.
This replica of Fokker E.III 105/15 is in the colours of an Eindecker operated by the KampfEinsatzKommando at Habsheim aerodrome in March 1916. The later fighter ace Ernst Udet claimed his first of 62 victories in this machine.
Legendary New Zealand fighter pilot Major Keith Logan 'Grid' Caldwell scored at least 4 aerial victories in D6864 between June 1st, 1918, and the 5th September, 1918. On this day, D6864 crashed after a collision with another 74 Squadron SE.5a.
On the 5th September, 1918, Major Keith Logan 'Grid' Caldwell, OC 74 Squadron, RAF, collided in mid-air with another SE.5a over the Cambrai sector. 'Grid' escaped miraculously by jumping of the wing at the very last moment, close to British lines.
Until 2006 this Ca.22 was on display at the Caproni Museum in Italy. It was in service as a two-seat observation aircraft with the 15a Squadriglia based near Piacenza in April 1915 and also carried out bombing operations over enemy territory.
Austrian designer Igo Etrich's elegant Taube has the distinction of being the most bird-like of any successful aeroplane ever built. This airworthy replica was built by the Historische Flugzeugbau Fürstenwalde and first took to the skies in 2000.
This full-scale model is in honour of F/O James C.F.Hayter, 605 Squadron. He gained his wings at the Marlborough Aero Club before joining the RNZAF and RAF. He fought with distinction in the Battle of Britain. He was shot down in P2916 on 26 October 1940.
This airworthy Airco DH.2 replica was previously operated by Walt Redfern in the US (N5496) and the Vintage Aviator Ltd in New Zealand as ZK-JOJ. The pusher-propelled biplane is in the colours of 24 Squadron, RFC.