At the outbreak of World War One, airplanes were just used for surveillance. When the British or the French would encounter a German aircraft, sometimes the pilots would shoot at each other with pistols. By early 1915, a brilliant Dutch aircraft designer, Anthony Fokker, developed a fast, single wing fighter. When matched with a perfected German synchronous machine gun that could fire through the moving propeller, Germany began to control the skies. The era was known as the "Fokker scourge." The allies countered with equally adept technology and gradually achieved air superiority at the end of the war. In a tribute to WW1 aviation, Ron Smith will show pictures of the Fokker Einbender and pay tribute to the aces of WWI. That will be followed by seeing the movie, Aces High. It follows one week of English/French air sorties over the WWI battlefields. Our World War One adventure takes place in the Ballroom on Tuesday, April 9th, doors open at 5pm. You must purchase tickets in advance. Popcorn tickets are $1 and can be purchased as late as noon on Tuesday, April 9th. Chicken wrap tickets are $5, and must be purchased before noon on Friday, the 5th. Seating is limited, so get your ticket today. You won't want to miss this tribute to the brave pilots of World War One.
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