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"Personal Courage Wing WW I Gallery" Museum Of Flight Tip by SteveOSF

Museum Of Flight, Seattle: 27 reviews and 79 photos

  Caproni Ca 20
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On the second level of the Museum of Flight’s Personal Courage Wing is the World War I Gallery. Like the lower level of the Museum’s Personal Courage Wing, the museum has a black background. Scenes and displays surround the exhibit that enhances the feel while providing historical information. The main attraction of the gallery is 18 World War I airplanes.

Some of the airplanes are original aircraft built during the First World War. Others are full size reproductions. Airplanes from both sizes of the conflict are represented. Consistent with the theme of the Museum of Flight, some are on the floor while others are suspended above.

Triplanes, biplanes, and monoplanes are on display. Some of these planes are fairly sophisticated, given the fact that they were designed not too many years after the Wright Bothers first flight. It is rare to see so many of these historic aircraft assembled in a single location.

Among the exhibits is a Sopwith Camel. This was an extremely difficult airplane to fly, yet it was extremely effective with a good plot at the controls. Other Sopwith aircraft represented at the museum are the Sopwith Pup, Snipe, and Triplane.

The museum holds an elegant Albatros. A Fokker D. VIII is displayed banked against a wall of the museum. A Fokker Dr.1 Triplane is suspended in perpetual flight within the gallery.

As you enter the gallery, you are greeted with a Caproni Ca 20. The museum’s plane is authentic (and not a reproduction). This 1914 monoplane has a forward facing machine gun mounted above its propeller. This innovative airplane is considered to be the world’s fight fighter aircraft. Although this was an exceptional airplane, the Italian military wanted the Caproni Company to produce bombers instead. The Ca 20 on display is the only one ever made. The museum’s airplane was stored in Italy by the Caproni family for over 85 years before the Museum of Flight acquired it.

Address: 9404 East Marginal Way South
Directions: Located within the Museum of Flight.
Phone: (206) 764-5720

Review Helpfulness: 3.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Written Oct 18, 2008
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