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Fighter Pilots and Fighter Planes: The Red Baron
Aerial Warfare in WW1
"What do you know about probably the most famous fighter pilot of all time, Manfred Freiherr von Richthofen, the Red Baron? Brought to you by the guys at FighterPilotUniversity.com"
15 Points Per Correct Answer - No time limit
Manfred von Richthofen was born in Breslau, Silesia, Prussia in May 1892. Breslau is now part of what European country?
Richthofen did not join the Imperial German Army Air Service until May 1915. What was his initial military assignment, prior to that, in the early stages of World War I?
Signal Corps officer
Chemical Warfare officer
What was unique about the very first aircraft downed by Richthofen?
He shot down a friendly aircraft
He shot down the aircraft with his pistol
He shot it down from an observer position
He collided with the enemy aircraft
Richthofen is most closely associated with the Fokker Dr.I triplane. Which of the fighter aircraft that he flew during the war was the first to be painted red and lead to the nickname of Red Baron?
What famous German aviator recruited Richthofen to be become a part of the Jasta 2, Germany's new Jagdstaffel (fighter squadron)?
In January 1917, Richthofen became squadron commander of Jasta 11 and by June he had taken command of Jadgeschwader 1, JG1, (Fighter Wing 1) consisting of four squadrons. What was the more famous nickname of JG1?
Manfred von Richthofen was the premier fighter ace of World War I. There is some debate concerning his actual total aerial victories. What is the number of kills normally attributed to him?
Fighter pilots have celebrated their combat victories in many different ways. What did Richthofen do to commemorate his air combat victories?
Ordered an engraved silver cup
Had a drink of a his favorite French Cognac
Smoked a Moroccan cigar
Visited a local bordello
Richthofen was killed on April 21, 1918, but there is some debate as to how he actually died. What is considered the most likely cause of death?
Shot down by an enemy aircraft
A crash landing
A mid-air collision with a wingman
Hit by enemy ground fire
Richthofen was given many honors immediately and well after his death. The first jet fighter wing in the post-World War II West German air force, Jadgeschwader 71, formed in June 1959, was named the Richthofen Wing. Who was the famous German ace that became the first commander of the Richthofen Wing?
Erich Gerhard Barkhorn
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