German World War 1 ace, Ernst Udet, gives passengers rides in a German Fokker D.VII aircraft
Prague Czechoslovakia Date:1919, April Duration:1 min 44 sec Sound:NO SOUND
World War I German flying ace, Ernst Udet, takes passengers for rides in a modified Fokker D.VII two-seater aircraft,with German markings, during a postwar aviation event at Kbely Airfield, near Prague, Czechoslovakia. Odet, in civilian clothes, stands nearby as two men help a U.S. Army officer, in uniform, don a bulky coverall to protect his clothing. Odet wears his own small flying cap rolled up atop his head, and holds out a helmet to the officer. Men are seen around another German airplane in the background. The officer struggles to don the coveralls. View of the officer in the front seat of the airplane,wearing helmet with goggles raised on his forhead, smiling for the camera. Odet sits relaxed and smiling in the pilot's (rear) seat. He looks about at aircraft performing maneuvers above (not seen). Closeup of Odet and the passenger.View from rear as flagman waves them on and they taxi out for takeoff across the grassy field of Kbely aerodrome. The next scenes show the aircraft in various aerobatic maneuvers, including loops. Back down on the ground, Odet sits on fuselage with his feet in the cockpit, as another passenger climbs aboard. They are seen taxiing in after the flight. When stopped, the passenger hands his helmet and goggles to a man standing near the airplane, and climbs down on the wing to the ground. The remaining sequence shows Odet, chatting with admirers who surround him as he smokes a cigarette. They include ladies, gentlemen, military officers, and a woman in flight suit and helmet.
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