The best pilot you ever knew.

Victor G Annas (vganna01@engr.uky.edu)
Tue, 9 Aug 94 10:09:54 EDT

Hi gang,
Last night I was talking with some folks at the local hobby shop about
a/c in general and the conversation shifted to the subject of 'Who is the
greatest pilot you ever knew' frame. Since I'm the only WWI buff in the area,
I was relentlessly quized about the pilots of WWI. It seems that the only
pilot that is ever refered to is The Red Baron. Although Manfred V. Richtoffen
did have a high score, I don't consider him to be the best pilot of the war.
In fact given the circumstanses I feel that there are a lot of people out
there who were much more interesting. For the Germans, I give the most points
to Boelke. As far as I can tell, he wrote the book on airial combat. For
the allies, I think I would have to go with Nungeser. That guy was nuts, but
he knew how fly and fight. So what do you folks think? Building a model
of the airplane is one part of this hobby, but understanding the people who
flew them is the other half. Unfortunatly this is all to often overlooked.
Later on and farther out..................
Vic.