Roamy here. There used to be a WWI airplane museum in the little town of Guntersville, Alabama. Sadly, the owner Frank Ryder was killed in a plane crash, the museum closed, and the planes were sold off. The planes were mostly replicas, but I thought they were well done.
The problem here is that I didn’t label my photographs in 1993, when these were taken, and I’ve long forgotten what they were. I’m fairly certain the first one is a Sopwith Camel, because I love Snoopy and Peanuts, but please feel free to identify these planes in the comments. (No laughing at me in the stirrup pants – that was the style back then!)
Must be a Fokker Triplane.
The British-made Sopwith Camel was used mainly as a fighter plane but was also used for infantry support and to drop bombs on the German Army during the March 1918 offensive. Major William George Barker, one of the Sopwith aces and the most decorated Canadian pilot of WW1, shot down 46 enemy aircraft and balloons. One of his (unauthorized) bombing runs was on Christmas Day 1917, where Barker and his wingman shot up an enemy airfield, then dropped a placard reading “Happy Christmas”. Ernest Hemingway included one of Barker’s Christmas Day exploits, where he shot at Austrian officers on a leave train, in The Snows of Kilimanjaro.
Sopwith Aviation named many of their planes after animals, including the Pup, Hippo, Dragon, Salamander, Dolphin, Buffalo, Gnu, Wallaby, Antelope and Grasshopper, but they are best remembered for the Camel.
All of this mainly so I could link this.