Fokker Scourge Redux & Nighttime Photo Shoot

Grimes Filed landing strip is bordered by cornfields which provides a perfect movie-like backdrop for the Museum’s Dr.I. (photo by A. Kevin Grantham)
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A couple of weeks ago we published a story by Aaron Haase describing the Golden Age Air Museum’s marvelous annual air show, themed as the Fokker Scourge due to the four replica Fokker Dr.I triplanes participating in the flying display. What we didn’t cover in that article were the marvelous nighttime photoshoots featuring illuminated WWI fighter plane designs on the evening prior to each day of the event. Organized by Full Disc Aviation, this experience included a brace of Fokker triplanes along with a replica Sopwith Pup. Our great friend and noted aviation author, A.Kevin Grantham, was on hand to capture the proceedings, so we thought we’d let him pick up the story from here…
Grimes Filed landing strip is bordered by cornfields which provides a perfect movie-like backdrop for the Museum’s Dr.I. (photo by A. Kevin Grantham)

The Fokker Scourge Redux

by A.Kevin Grantham
The Friday and Saturday night shoots were organized by Full Disc Aviation photographers Richard Souza, James Woodard, and Ryan Kelly. These guys are real pros, and I really appreciated their generousity for allowing me to tag along with them. The Full Disc team worked with the Golden Age Air Museum, Old Rhinebeck Aerodrome, Chris Hill’s ‘Knight of the Sky’ crew, and Andrew King to facilitate this unique night shoot. The subject aircraft for the first night’s shoot included John Elliot’s and Chris Hill’s Dr.I replicas. It is evident that the aircraft owners trusted this great group of photographers. Like me, Glenn Riegel, the Museum’s staff photographer, and local lensman Corey Beitler also participated. The Full Disc team used several portable Milwaukee battery-operated lights to illuminate the subject aircraft. They also did a bit of light painting using a programmable light source. The Old Rhinebeck Aerodrome’s Sopwith Pup was the subject aircraft the following evening.
An evocative twilight image depicting Chris Hill’s magnificent Fokker Dr.I triplane. This replica triplane is about as authentic as they come, and features an original 120hp leRhone rotary engine dating from 1917 as well as a propeller recreated from a 3D scan of the only known surviving section of an original Dr.I propeller. (photo by A. Kevin Grantham)
Old Rheinbeck Aerodrome’s Sopwith Pup replica lit up for the nighttime shoot. (photo by A. Kevin Grantham)

 


Kevin also captured some marvelous images of the air show too – images which offer some different perspectives to what was covered in the earlier article, so it’s hard to resist sharing them! So, with much thanks, here are Kevin’s words, images and captions highlighting what was clearly a fantastic event for the whole family…

Beware of the HUN IN THE SUN. (photo by A. Kevin Grantham)
The Fokker Scourge was indeed a fantastic two-day show. Each day they would demonstrate their vintage aircraft collection with comedy scenes in between. The flying was outstanding, but the comedy is what made it all work. I cannot remember when I had more fun at an air show! The whole event had a distinctively family-friendly atmosphere. You can bring your drinks and food and sit down and enjoy the show without being pushed to pay for everything, including the grass you are walking on. Refreshing!!! The adult admission price was only $12 – another nice surprise. The free parking area was behind Grimes Field (it actually comprised the driveway to Paul Dougherty’s house) which is only a hop-skip and a jump to the event area. The museum itself consists of three hangars and a vintage farmhouse which serves as the Museum’s visitor center. The adjoining airfield is bordered by cornfields, giving the site a real Field of Dreams vibe. A very picturesque setting nestled between Interstate 78 and the Blue Mountains of Pennsylvania. The Fokker Scourge was saved for the end of each show, as one might expect. The pictures, with their captions, should serve as an effective guide to the proceedings… enjoy!
The Triplanes that appeared at the event. (Left to right) – John Elliot’s Dr.I looks like the Red Baron’s mount, Fred Murrin’s authentic replica, Chris Hill’s Zebra stripped Triplane. Finally, the Museum’s Dr.I is in Lothar Von Richthofen’s colors. (photo by A. Kevin Grantham)
This Fleet 7 serves as a camera ship for the back seater and Museum photographer Glenn Riegel. (photo by A. Kevin Grantham)
The Museum’s Dr.I in the twilight of the evening sky. (photo by A. Kevin Grantham)
The Two-Face Tony Torelli Gang. (photo by A. Kevin Grantham)
Two-Face Tony somehow escapes the clutches of the law and makes his way towards hijacking a Breezy-type aircraft occupied by none other than—Professor De Air Le Mer. Two-Face manages to take off, and a mid-air struggle ensues. Oh no, the professor is seen falling from the aircraft and hitting the ground with a thud! A nearby ambulance quickly arrives and gives the Professor life-saving medical attention but then dumps him out on the ground in front of the audience. The Professor is a little dischuffed but somehow survives the ordeal. (photo by A. Kevin Grantham)
Chris Ford makes riding a penny-farthing bicycle look easy. It is not!. (photo by A. Kevin Grantham)

Many thanks indeed to A.Kevin Grantham for this article. As one can easily tell from the accompanying photographs and descriptions… the Golden Age Air Museum puts on a fabulous show. For those of you who are able to attend this weekend (October 22/23, 2022), the museum will be hosting The Great Pumpkin Fly-In and Cruise-In Air Show which will feature aerial pumpkin bombing contests, biplane rides, a variety of rare and unusual vintage aircraft and a selection of vintage cars… plus all sorts of other opportunities. If the images included in this article are anything to go by, this will be a not-to-miss event for the whole family!


The Author and Vintage Aviation News would like to thank Paul Dougherty and the Golden Air Air Museum’s excellent staff and volunteers for all of their assistance with this article. Also, we must give a shout out to Full Disc Aviation – James Woodard, Ryan Kelly, Ryan Tykosh, Richard Souza, Glenn Riegel – Golden Age Air Museum Staff Photographer and Full Disc Aviation Collaborator and Corey Beitler, local photographer and editor of Distelfink Airlines newsletter.

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