Life's First Lesson



World War One Falker, Tri-Wing Airplane Copy

Norfolk surgeon builds Red Baron Tri-plane

A Fokker Triplane replica at Old Rhinebeck airfield, America, in September 2016. Pic: Shutterstock

A German orthopaedic surgeon in Norfolk has spent £70,000 building himself a flyable full-size replica of the Red Baron's Fokker Triplane.

Dr Peter Brueggemann built the First World War-era aircraft by hand – even though when he started he couldn't fly.

The bright red Fokker Dreidecker I (German for "three-decker", or triplane) was built to a set of technical drawings prepared by an American aviation fanatic in the 1970s. No original Dr.Is exist, though a number of replicas have been put together during the 20th century.

Dr Brueggemann even acquired the title of baron from the Principality of Sealand, ready for when his Fokker makes its planned first flight this summer.

He told the telly station: "Being a surgeon has certainly helped and I have used surgical equipment like needles and forceps when stitching materials to the ribs of the plane."

The Fokker even has two replica Spandau machine guns fitted, as well as a modern Lycoming O-320 flat four engine for ease of maintenance and finding spare parts.

Brueggemann hopes to display the Fokker at airshows, particularly hoping to fly it at Stuttgart in his native Germany!


Saint Christopher's Image

Saint Christopher is mainly known in the West. Ancient Greek mythology, says that he carried a child, who was unknown to him, across a river, before the child revealed himself as Christ. Therefore, he became the Patron Saint of travelers, and small images of him are often worn around the neck, on a bracelet, carried in a pocket, or placed in vehicles by Christians.

Which is why, I have had one hanging on the mirror of every car, I have ever owned! So this morning I moved mine to our replacement vehicle this morning!


Van Replacement Done

Yep, we just returned from Moose Jaw, where we found a replacement Van!


Cherry Tomato Treat

Yep, there is many new cherry tomatoes on the market today. What I like is, each has a slightly different taste. Oh ya, it's a lot better than munching on candy.