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#4557669 - 02/25/21 01:26 PM OT: Fokker F.VII in 1929  
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A nice video I just came across:




#4557672 - 02/25/21 01:39 PM Re: OT: Fokker F.VII in 1929 [Re: ArisFuser]  
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It's amazing what AI enhancement and colorization does for some of these old films. There were several shots towards the beginning where I though new footage had been spliced in, but on second inspection it is all original. Thanks for sharing ArisFuser!

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#4557685 - 02/25/21 02:34 PM Re: OT: Fokker F.VII in 1929 [Re: ArisFuser]  
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That was cool! That's a pretty crazy plane anyway, though. Looks a bit like a D VIII grew into its late -forties dad-bod. Or so I've heard... *looks around*


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#4558217 - 03/01/21 05:15 PM Re: OT: Fokker F.VII in 1929 [Re: ArisFuser]  
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Another gem:


#4558225 - 03/01/21 05:43 PM Re: OT: Fokker F.VII in 1929 [Re: ArisFuser]  
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A gem indeed! I don't know where I've seen a better job of film restoration, outside of "They shall not grow old."

Lots of little details stick out. First, the fragility of these pre-war aircraft. Second, how it only took two men to lift the engine. Third, the transitional phase of this aircraft: elevator in front, like the Wright's, but ailerons on the wings. Lastly, at 1:25 of the film, there is a young man looking back at the other technological marvel of the age -- a moving picture camera!

Hard to believe this was only 110 years ago.



#4558237 - 03/01/21 07:37 PM Re: OT: Fokker F.VII in 1929 [Re: ArisFuser]  
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Fantastic films ArisFuser thanks for sharing. Watching that second one as the aircraft struggles to gain any kind of height and then you look at how far things had developed only a few years later......remarkable.

The accident rate was horrendous of course which makes you wonder why people wanted to do it but these were the Ferrari's of their day.....the Harrier's of their day.


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#4558243 - 03/01/21 08:00 PM Re: OT: Fokker F.VII in 1929 [Re: ArisFuser]  
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BB, I echo your comments. Just a great clip to watch! Thanks for posting Aris!


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