Re: D III 88

Greg Springer (
Sun, 31 Dec 1995 12:17:05 -0800

You wrote:
>On a slightly off-topic subject, I've come across a reference to a
>1930's German movie entitled "D III 88" which apparently featured
>WW1 ace Willi Gabriel flying the 'last flyable Dr.I' and the 'first-
>ever Dr.I replica.' Has anyone ever actually seen this movie? Is
>it worth while attempting to track down?
>And the 'last flyable Dr.I' reference has perked my interest. What
>aircraft was this and what ultimately happened to it? Certainly it
>couldn't have been MvR's Dr.I outa the Berlin Museum - they wouldn't
>have let that one be flown in a -movie-, would they?
Alex Imrie covers this in his Triplane book. Also mentioned is another
movie 'Pour le Merite'. The MvR plane was not used but two other
museum DrI's were and the museum director lost his job for exceeding
his authority by loaning the aircraft to the movie companies.