Andy Parks, director of the VAFM museum, who personally met many WWI pilots and has a great collection of their souvenirs, is excited about the War Horse movie. Now that we have no more WWI veterans – we just went through the first Veteran’s Day (formerly Armistice Day) for which there were no WWI veterans alive – Andy is hoping for the 100th anniversaries of WWI events to reawaken interest in the history of the First World War.
One interesting comment from Andy about movies of WWI aircraft is that all of them since “The Blue Max” have had aerial sequences that looked like video games. The reality is that flight is much more fluid and graceful, and no recent movie has captured that.
And the SPAD has colors on it now, honoring James Norman Hall.