This awesome clip comes to us from BBC from a show called WWI Uncut. In this segment, the host, Dan Snow, straps into a World War I era fighter and takes to the skies. He is met with a German adversary, and the fight begins.
They, of course, don’t shoot real bullets but they do some great maneuvering during the dogfight. At the same time, Dan Snow walks you through what to do and not to do which is taken straight from Oswald Boelcke, a World War I German ace.
Only 25 at the time of his death, Boelcke wrote down all his strategies and eventually became known as the “Father of Air Fighting Tactics.” He was one of the greatest during World War I, and this video spells out his “rules” while these guys are making the maneuvers.
As for the planes, you have two squaring off. On the English side, we have the Royal Aircraft Factory B.E.2. Built in 1912, it was initially a reconnaissance plane but was eventually converted to light bomber and then a night fighter.
On the German side, you’ll see Fokker Dr.1. A triplane, it was a widely used fighter plane which served during World War I.
Hope you folks find this as informative as we did.