Dan Snow experiences a reconstruction World War 1 dogfight with the Great War Display Team in a replica BE2 reconnaissance plane. He discusses the nature of combat in the air and that in the early stages of the war; pilots were still working out the best way to engage the enemy. The guide for dogfights was drawn up by a German pilot – Oswald Boelcke – and some of the ‘rules’ are tested.
Early pilots were described as WW1 Aces – pupils could investigate what brought certain individuals to public attention and how they were regarded (e.g. Oswald Boelcke, Manfred von Richthofen (“The Red Barron”), Mick Mannock, Albert Ball, Eddie Rickenbacker). Pupils could also research the use of female pilots in WW1 and discuss the impact this would have had on the British public. "