Visitors looking for the true meaning of the words “Dawn Patrol” will get that opportunity Sept. 26 from 7:30 a.m.–9 a.m., as pilots participating in the 2009 World War I Dawn Patrol Rendezvous at the National Museum of the Air Force in Dayton, Ohio, perform a special Saturday morning flight.
This early morning flight, which is weather dependent, will feature a Nieuport, SE.5, Fokker Dr. I triplane, and many other aircraft.
“As a pilot and re-enactor, I think it is very important to try to be as authentic as possible when re-creating the past,” said Fred Murrin, Great War Aeroplanes Association president. “This early morning flight may not be quite at dawn, but it will give visitors more of a realistic feel for what pilots of that time period went through to get their planes up in the air on those chilly mornings when the grass was still wet with dew.”
The Dawn Patrol Rendezvous is a free event that is open to the public Sept. 25-27.
For more information: NationalMuseum.af.mil/wwiflyin.asp.