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(The Drinks Business)   New photos show how WW1 pilots prepared for war. By knocking back a load of Champagne of course   (thedrinksbusiness.com) divider line 45
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2013-08-21 11:44:38 AM
Only a savage would fly into battle sober.
 
2013-08-21 11:45:06 AM
More likely they celebrated surviving a flight in a bucket of bolts by drinking heavily!  :D
 
2013-08-21 11:45:50 AM
Picture #1, center left.
That's a brother.
 
2013-08-21 11:45:53 AM
it sounds like an original Fark party.
 
2013-08-21 11:46:25 AM
actually, both of them are.
 
2013-08-21 11:47:25 AM
There's no way I'd go up in any WW1-era aircraft sober.
 
2013-08-21 11:47:42 AM
No mystery now in how the Red Baron was able to kill alot of them.
 
2013-08-21 11:47:58 AM
Only one glass?  Charles Nungesser would call them wimps.
 
2013-08-21 11:48:43 AM
Boy in middle: "Please help me. They get drunk and rape me nightly."
www.thedrinksbusiness.com
 
2013-08-21 11:48:55 AM
Watch out for the rummed up Hun in the sun
 
2013-08-21 11:49:20 AM
Of course they drank, they had to build up the nerve to go against Snoopy.
 
2013-08-21 11:51:10 AM
Reggie!!!!

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2013-08-21 11:53:27 AM
Top-hole. Bally Jerry, pranged his kite right in the how's-your-father; hairy blighter, dicky-birded, feathered back on his sammy, took a waspy, flipped over on his Betty Harpers and caught his can in the Bertie. 

/*hic*
 
2013-08-21 11:54:14 AM
Today people get upset if their pilot is drunk.
 
2013-08-21 11:54:31 AM
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Stachel, your flying is kaput!
 
2013-08-21 11:56:30 AM

pag1107: There's no way I'd go up in any WW1-era aircraft sober.


Unless the Red Baron's kills were mostly friendly-fire your statement is invalid.  RTFA!
 
2013-08-21 11:57:33 AM
Are you saying whiskey hadn't been invented by then?  It must have been a depressing time to live.
 
2013-08-21 11:58:11 AM
CRAP!  I copy pasted the wrong statement.  I was referring to

DarkSoulNoHope: No mystery now in how the Red Baron was able to kill alot of them.

 
2013-08-21 12:01:43 PM

studebaker hoch: Only a savage would fly into battle sober.


Actually, Only a savage would go into battle sober.
 
2013-08-21 12:06:33 PM
Considering that thing you were about to fly was just as likely to kill you as anything the enemy would throw at you. Understandable.
 
2013-08-21 12:08:10 PM

DarkSoulNoHope: No mystery now in how the Red Baron was able to kill alot of them.


Somebody didn't even rtfa's headline, eh?
 
2013-08-21 12:12:06 PM

Mad Scientist: Top-hole. Bally Jerry, pranged his kite right in the how's-your-father; hairy blighter, dicky-birded, feathered back on his sammy, took a waspy, flipped over on his Betty Harpers and caught his can in the Bertie. 

/*hic*


I didn't understand any of that banter...
 
2013-08-21 12:14:47 PM

pag1107: There's no way I'd go up in any WW1-era aircraft sober.


Came here to say this, verbatim.
 
2013-08-21 12:21:06 PM
Wow, really cool photos. WWI is the most interesting war, IMO.
 
2013-08-21 12:24:47 PM

Mad Scientist: Top-hole. Bally Jerry, pranged his kite right in the how's-your-father; hairy blighter, dicky-birded, feathered back on his sammy, took a waspy, flipped over on his Betty Harpers and caught his can in the Bertie. 

/*hic*


i157.photobucket.com
 
2013-08-21 12:35:15 PM
How can they be new if they're a hundred years old?
 
2013-08-21 12:42:03 PM

Mad Scientist: Top-hole. Bally Jerry, pranged his kite right in the how's-your-father; hairy blighter, dicky-birded, feathered back on his sammy, took a waspy, flipped over on his Betty Harpers and caught his can in the Bertie. 

/*hic*


You mentioned the wrong war
 
2013-08-21 01:06:06 PM

Thudfark: Mad Scientist: Top-hole. Bally Jerry, pranged his kite right in the how's-your-father; hairy blighter, dicky-birded, feathered back on his sammy, took a waspy, flipped over on his Betty Harpers and caught his can in the Bertie. 

/*hic*

You mentioned the wrong war



i105.photobucket.com
 
2013-08-21 01:17:31 PM
Perhaps they assumed that in the absence of parachutes, the bubbles would slow the descent after they leapt from the flaming coffin of the skies?
 
2013-08-21 01:39:00 PM
with  the life expectancy of a world war I fighter pilot  i would want a stiff drink before flying of to battle.
 
2013-08-21 01:44:39 PM
They should have been like the 20 minuters. Treat their plane like a lady, take it to heaven and back 5 times a day.
 
2013-08-21 01:53:22 PM
Flying in a biplane is on my bucket list.  Beautiful machines.
 
2013-08-21 02:05:10 PM

stuffy: Considering that thing you were about to fly was just as likely to kill you as anything the enemy would throw at you. Understandable.


German aircraft were technologically superior.  Fokker F VII were specifically named in the Versailles Treaty as aircraft Germany was to never produce again.

Some British planes were such miserable beasts to fly that their pilots deliberately crashed them to avoid having to take them out again. Others were designed to be 'stable' meaning, 'no manouverability'. They were simply flying death traps.
 
2013-08-21 02:05:12 PM

Scaevola: Flying in a biplane is on my bucket list.  Beautiful machines plumage.

 
2013-08-21 02:31:40 PM
We who are about to die salute you!
 
2013-08-21 02:36:55 PM
TXEric - I thought it was Flashheart from BlackAdder the Third, but I could be wrong.
Not wrong about this - "Always treat your kite like you treat your woman!" http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nezEfrpO-jk I'm sticking a NSFW tag on this link, Just 'Cuz...
Khazar-Khum  - yes the famed Sopwith Camel, said to have killed more British pilots than the Germans (due to the rotary right.  (Spin the whole engine and turns in one direction are quick!)  I had read that the Sopwith One-and-a-Half Strutter was so stable one was found landed with a dead pilot.  Had just flown itself out of gas and glided on down....
 
2013-08-21 02:59:32 PM

Khazar-Khum: stuffy: Considering that thing you were about to fly was just as likely to kill you as anything the enemy would throw at you. Understandable.

German aircraft were technologically superior.  Fokker F VII were specifically named in the Versailles Treaty as aircraft Germany was to never produce again.

Some British planes were such miserable beasts to fly that their pilots deliberately crashed them to avoid having to take them out again. Others were designed to be 'stable' meaning, 'no manouverability'. They were simply flying death traps.


Fokker F VII was an Airliner built in the 20's the treaty was signed in 1919.
 
2013-08-21 03:37:46 PM

Space Station Wagon: Khazar-Khum: stuffy: Considering that thing you were about to fly was just as likely to kill you as anything the enemy would throw at you. Understandable.

German aircraft were technologically superior.  Fokker F VII were specifically named in the Versailles Treaty as aircraft Germany was to never produce again.

Some British planes were such miserable beasts to fly that their pilots deliberately crashed them to avoid having to take them out again. Others were designed to be 'stable' meaning, 'no manouverability'. They were simply flying death traps.

Fokker F VII was an Airliner built in the 20's the treaty was signed in 1919.


He's thinking of the D VII
 
2013-08-21 03:39:21 PM

FloydA: Space Station Wagon: Khazar-Khum: stuffy: Considering that thing you were about to fly was just as likely to kill you as anything the enemy would throw at you. Understandable.

German aircraft were technologically superior.  Fokker F VII were specifically named in the Versailles Treaty as aircraft Germany was to never produce again.

Some British planes were such miserable beasts to fly that their pilots deliberately crashed them to avoid having to take them out again. Others were designed to be 'stable' meaning, 'no manouverability'. They were simply flying death traps.

Fokker F VII was an Airliner built in the 20's the treaty was signed in 1919.

He's thinking of the D VII


Quite Right
 
2013-08-21 06:06:34 PM

Scaevola: Flying in a biplane is on my bucket list.  Beautiful machines.


If you're on the East Coast, go here:

http://www.flyingcircusairshow.com/

Pay for the aerobatic ride.  It is absolutely worth it.

Hell, drop me a note and I'll go with you.
 
2013-08-21 06:19:20 PM
Actually, I'm only about an hour from 

Malik Sardonis: Scaevola: Flying in a biplane is on my bucket list.  Beautiful machines.

If you're on the East Coast, go here:

http://www.flyingcircusairshow.com/

Pay for the aerobatic ride.  It is absolutely worth it.

Hell, drop me a note and I'll go with you.


Actually, I'm only an hour from Oshkosh and the EAA, so I just need to get my ample behind down there next summer.  Although I don't know if the planes there are available for paying riders...
 
2013-08-21 07:30:10 PM

Khazar-Khum: stuffy: Considering that thing you were about to fly was just as likely to kill you as anything the enemy would throw at you. Understandable.

German aircraft were technologically superior.  Fokker F VII were specifically named in the Versailles Treaty as aircraft Germany was to never produce again.

Some British planes were such miserable beasts to fly that their pilots deliberately crashed them to avoid having to take them out again. Others were designed to be 'stable' meaning, 'no manouverability'. They were simply flying death traps.


Ja, but these fockers were flying mesheshmitz!
 
2013-08-21 10:18:51 PM

DupeOfURL: TXEric - I thought it was Flashheart from BlackAdder the Third, but I could be wrong.
Not wrong about this - "Always treat your kite like you treat your woman!" http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nezEfrpO-jk I'm sticking a NSFW tag on this link, Just 'Cuz...
Khazar-Khum  - yes the famed Sopwith Camel, said to have killed more British pilots than the Germans (due to the rotary right.  (Spin the whole engine and turns in one direction are quick!)  I had read that the Sopwith One-and-a-Half Strutter was so stable one was found landed with a dead pilot.  Had just flown itself out of gas and glided on down....


The Camel was a great aircraft to fly, once you knew how to fly.

The thing was... during the darkest times the Allies were losing pilots faster than they could train them, which led to shorter training periods and heavier losses and a greater need of replacement pilots which led to shorter training periods and heavier losses...

Can't believe that for much of the war both sides flew these ramshackle, highly flammable, heavily armed death traps without wearing parachutes.  Desk jockey generals felt they parachutes would lead to a loss of offensive ardor.  No wonder they had to replace pilots so often.

Also, I'm going to take this opportunity to recommend a series of books called, The Bandy Papers.  Anyone who enjoyed George MacDonald Fraser's Flashman series will appreciate the the historical research the author, Donald Jack put into his work.  Plus they're as funny as shiat.  Bartholomew Bandy isn't as much of a cad or villain as Flashman (he's Canadian), but he is a giant clod... and a WWI fighter pilot.  The first three books are the best and tell a complete story... bowing to publishers' pressure, Jack wrote several others that took place post-war and aren't really as interesting.

Start here...
www.storyline-features.co.uk
 
2013-08-22 12:21:47 PM

DupeOfURL: TXEric - I thought it was Flashheart from BlackAdder the Third, but I could be wrong.
Not wrong about this - "Always treat your kite like you treat your woman!" http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nezEfrpO-jk I'm sticking a NSFW tag on this link, Just 'Cuz...
Khazar-Khum  - yes the famed Sopwith Camel, said to have killed more British pilots than the Germans (due to the rotary right.  (Spin the whole engine and turns in one direction are quick!)  I had read that the Sopwith One-and-a-Half Strutter was so stable one was found landed with a dead pilot.  Had just flown itself out of gas and glided on down....


Flashheart shows up in Series 2 in the first episode when Blackadder was going to marry Bob the girl pretending to be a boy. He then pops up in Series 4 as Squadron Commander the Lord Flashheart, head of the "20 Minuters". That's where your video came from. It's probably my favorite episode of the whole show, because he's just absurdly outrageous the whole time. The only other one that comes close might be the one with the actors from 3rd season.
 
2013-08-22 12:50:07 PM
phyrkakr - I stand corrected.  Third didn't "seem right" but since the Germans were bombing Pearl harbor I just went with it.
Malik Sardonis - allow me to recommend this  http://www.oldrhinebeck.org/
or read some about it here - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Old_Rhinebeck_Aerodrome
Boris S. Wort - yes the key being living long enough to learn how to fly it....  That whole flying a giant gyroscope thing.  Then add being shot at (from both air AND ground).
 
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