Re: First aerial combat

Erik Pilawskii (
Tue, 27 Jun 1995 14:27:16 -0700 (PDT)

> I am currently thinking
> of making the models of the first two aircrafts to have been
> involved in a real fight : the Voisin of Frantz/Qu=E9nault=
> (France)
> and the "Aviatik" of ??? (Germany). My problem is many folds. What type
> of Farman was it? What were his colours? What type of "Aviatik" was it
> confronting? I understand that, at that time, all the German planes were
> Aviatiks for the French. Who was the crew of the German plane? As you can
> see, there is much to do, but I'm currently feeling more and more at a loss.
> Help me, please.
> Best regards from Belgium,
> Michel Lefort <> - Braine-l'Alleud, Belgium

I have a book with an account of that battle, along with a painting of
same. I'll look at it tonight and see what it says. BTW, for anyone
thinking to look in Time/Life's 'Knight's of the Sky'-- forget it. That
series is *so* rife with errors I wouldn't trust the numbering on the pages!!
[If I recall, their 'illustration' includes what appears to be Rumpler
biplane (of course, labeled an "Aviatik"), along with a Voisin.]

"*Who are you*!?...." "I am Number 2..."
"Who is Number *1*?!" "You are, Number 6...."