RE1 WW1 Aero

WORLD WAR 1 AEROPLANES, Inc., was founded by Leo Opdycke in 1961 and incorporated as a federally recognized 501 (c) (3) not-for-profit corporation in 1979. We publish two quarterly journals: WW1 Aero: The Journal Of The Early Aeroplane & Skyways: The Journal Of The Airplane 1920-1940. History comes alive within the pages of WW1 Aero and Skyways, which together offer a complete history of aviation from the pioneer era through the golden age. WW1 Aero details the beginnings of flight, from the time man first yearned to fly like a bird, through the primitive early flying machines, all the way to the dogfights of World War 1. Skyways indulges in the beautiful and innovative aircraft produced during the interwar period. Each journal brings you history in stunning detail, with rare photos, drawings and articles from preeminent aviation authors and historians. Take a peek at current restoration and replica projects around the world and learn about original construction materials and techniques. Read about the latest museum and air show news, find aeroplanes and parts for sale, or discover the world of vintage aircraft modeling. WW1 Aero and Skyways has it all.


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WW1 Aero #227 – May 2016


227, May 2016, 60 pages – A Brief History of the Caproni Ca.1; Farnborough’s Final Flop; Sopwiths Over Kingston…New York; Drawings (Sopwith Pup); Aircraft: Coughlin D.VIII, Shaw Sopwith Camel, Airdrome Aeroplanes D.VIII; Museums & Organizations: Rhinebeck Nieuport 11, EAA AirVenture WW1 Event, Fantasy of Flight Curtiss Jenny; Models: Sal Calvagna Ilya Muromets, Jim Lund 1/72 Model Collection; Wants & Disposals


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From WW1 Aero Editor Jonathan Fallon:

In recent months, the WW1 Aeroplanes, Inc. board of trustees voted to dissolve the organization and turn over all of its assets to the Old Rhinebeck Aerodrome. I have been informed that all legal steps have already been taken to conclude the arrangement and that the publication of WW1 Aero and Skyways will end indefinitely.

As editor of WW1 Aero, it has been my great pleasure to serve the community of early aviation enthusiasts and help perpetuate interest in the people and machines from this fascinating period of technological innovation. Along the way I was able to work with a host of wonderful and talented authors and meet many of our readers who share a passion for early aeroplanes. It is their interest and enthusiasm that made this journal what it was. I can only imagine how much interest was generated, how much new information was uncovered and how many aircraft were constructed or restored as a result of those who were kind enough to share their knowledge, research and projects in these pages.

I am also grateful to Leo Opdycke, the founder and long-time editor of WW1 Aero, for his tireless efforts over the years to build the organization and establish the journal, and also for his warm welcome and support when I joined the organization in 2009. I have done my best to stay true to his vision, although, as I stated in the editor’s column of my very first issue (#202), nobody can fill his shoes.

The future of the WW1 Aeroplanes, Inc. archive and its treasure trove of information is now under control of the Rhinebeck Aerodrome Museum, and updates will likely be posted on their website with regard to future availability, etc.

As I release my final issue of WW1 Aero, I would like to express my gratitude to, and appreciation for, all those who read and contributed to the journal over the years. Thank you for allowing me the privilege of being your editor.

Blue Skies,

Jonathan Fallon