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Time to post this again for the ones that havent seen it.
A World War II Royal Air Force pilot was telling a grade-school class of British schoolchildren about his days in the air corps.
"In 1942, the situation was really bad. The German air force was very formidable.
"I remember one day when I was flying my fighter, protecting our bombers, when suddenly out of the clouds these Fokkers appeared."
Several schoolchildren giggled.
He continued, "I looked up and one was right above me. I pulled up, aimed, and shot down that Fokker. Then they swarmed everywhere! Suddenly I realized that there was another Fokker behind me."
By now the students were laughing out loud.
Their schoolmaster interrupted. "I think I should explain that 'Fokker' was the name of a German-Dutch aircraft manufacturer."
"That's true," said the old pilot, "but these particular fokkers were flying
That is a good one!
I am not sure about the German pronunciation of Fokker, but the Dutch pronounce it as "F**KER". This is intended as a quote, and I hope it is not cause for cautioning me. I have a friend in the Netherlands, whose EX husband was named Fokker, and that is how it was always pronounced.
Gyrene VSM - OFC
And, not only that, but, Arnie, the California Governor, pronounces "F++KER" FOKKER!! 8-/
Fokker got me in trouble when I was in the 7th grade. In math class the teacher was going over the terms like mono, meaning one, bi, meaning two, and asking for examples of words with these. He got to tri and I said triplane. He said no such thing existed. I said they were used in WWI and made by Fokker. That's when the trouble started. The trouble ended the next day when I showed up with an encyclopedia from the school library with a picture of a Fokker DR1 triplane. The teacher didn't like the little smart@$$ showing him up, but what are you gonna do?
Scale model of 1918 Fokker D7
Thanks RCS! Haven't seen a model of the D7 since Jr year of high school. As part of a project, I built models of the D7, Neuport and Spad.
When Fokker built the "Eindeker", a monoplane, the Germans demanded that he (Fokker) fly it into combat to prove that it was as airworthy as the biplanes. He took off and thought to himself, later quoted in an interview, "the hell with them, let them do their own killing". He landed the plane and told the generals to take it or leave it. They took it. BTW, I understand that the triplane was a nastly little piece of work to fly. The rotary engine ensured the it would turn one way easily and the other way, not so much. I know from a short-lived RC model of one that it would roll like anything and, being short coupled, it was very pitch sensitive; just like its full-scale brother. It was a relief to have crashed it! The real DR1 would also shed its top wing in a dive. All of that and no throttle must have made for an intersting aviation experience.
Nice D7 RCS , what scale is it ? I remember as kids we would spend hours painting lozenge patterns on some of our planes. Now I see they have decal sheets for that. Back then we had all the time in the world anyway.
The DR1's had their drawbacks but they could turn inside just about anything in the air with them. They were a vast improvement over the wing-bender Eindekers.
Before the Fokker D7, you had the DR1 Triplane which never used the lozenge patterns (four or five colors) and the Albatros D3 and D5. All models are 1/4 inch scale. The Fokker D7 lozenge is the old Micro Decals from the 1970's. Always interesting colors
How the joke went originaly
The BBC was interviewing a Swedish fighter pilot in the RAF, when asked about his experiences he replied,
I vas flying back across da channel ven dese tree fokkers got on my tail. I vas lucky to make it back
BBC "Of course ladies and gentlemen a fokker is a type of german fighter.
Pilot; Ya, but dose tree fokkers vas flying messerschmidts!
I have a old record of radio bloopers;
There was the BBC childrens show where the woman said; And now, children, we are going to play a hiding and finding game, I am going to hide some balls and the music will tell you if they are high up or low. (music plays) Now children, are your balls high up, or low down?
Then there was the annoucer who was covering a royal event; And here they come, ladies and gentlemen, the DUCK and Douches of Winsdor.
This event is coming to you from the Bathroom at Pump, er, The Pumproom at Bath
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