French commemorations of the Centenary of World War I will include the recreation of an airfield at Amiens Glissy, in the Somme region.
The aerodrome will be the site of a major airshow from 12-14 September 1914. The plan is that a number of World War I-era aircraft will take flight during the event. Among them will be a Fokker DR1 Triplane, a British SE5 and a Fokker Eindecker – the first plane with a machine gun synchronised to fire through its propeller.
The Somme area of France saw considerable aviation activity during World War I. The beaches near Le Crotoy were used for training, while the Escadrille No3 Guynemer was based at Cachy and Manfred von Richtofen (the Red Baron) took off for his last flight from the airfield at Cappy.
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