Dogfights

By Brett

Dogfights

The first Dogfight is believed to take place on August 28th, 1914. "A Dogfight is an aerial battle between 2 or more planes." The planes that were mainly used in Dogfights were:

Sopwith Tri- plane, Fokker Tri-plane, Supermarine Spitfire, French Spad vll, German Albatros Dl and Dll, British Sopwith Camel Fighter plane and the Fokker E. Those were all good planes for Dogfighting.

Manfred Von Richthofen also known as "The Red Barron" is one of the most well known pilots of WWl. The reason why he is so well known is because he is believed to have shot down more than 80 planes including their pilots. That is more than any pilot in WWl. The British refer to him as "The Red Knight", the French know him as "Diable Rouge"/ "Red Devil" and we know him as the "Red Barron". His career ended when Arthur Roy Brown shot him down. Brown was a Canadian. He was born on December 23rd, 1893 and died March 9th, 1914.

Before they had guns on the side of the plane they tried throwing grenades from plane to plane or shooting rifles and pistols at each other. That did not work so well, they then started to put machine guns on the side of the planes. The planes used in World War One had top speeds of just over 100 mph. Modern day planes have top speeds of around 885 kmh or 550 mph.