Where to buy a flyable WWI replica plane

34e aug14 img 2952 live jpg 800x600 q85 crop subject location 1703 2024If you want a flyable replica of a World War I airplane, the person to call is Robert Baslee who created and cornered the maker market on biplanes, triplanes, and other classic planes of the Great War. (Air & Space)

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  1. Kimmo says:

    You could take delivery on the back of a pickup truck, take it out to a cabin in the woods with no electricity, and put an airplane together with a vise, a portable drill, a file, basic wrenches, and a hammer,” he says. “I’ve done everything else.


  2. Prices on request. So, a lot. Tho there was a thing on, I think Jalopnik, where some guy had made one out of old beetle engines. A standard Aero engine is probably a lot cheaper than a radial, but it'd fuck up your Fokker's looks.

    ETA: I am, however, offput somewhat that someone who builds no doubt eye-wateringly expensive aircraft still has a Yahoo email address, but then again, I'm always put off by Yahoo email addresses.

  3. The original Sopwith Camel came with a 381lb 130hp Clerget 9B. You could probably replace it with something like a Subaru EJ20 producing 150 HP at around 250lbs easily enough. You might even have to add weight just to get the balance right. It's not going to look right, but it's also going to require a lot less maintenance than a period appropriate engine.

    Added bonus: It won't try to flip you over and kill you on takeoff.

    You're going to have to be the kind of person who doesn't mind making his own mounting brackets and everything though. It's uncharted territory.

  4. Nah, you would just screw with your enemy by turning left.

  5. The Smithsonian writeup says kit prices go from $3,500-$15,000, with fully-built planes around $90,000. Not too eye-watering (and you’ll be wearing goggles anyway.)

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