“After the Turn of the Century, in the Clear Blue Sky over Germany…”

Achtung all Snoopy fans! Did you know that there really was a Red Baron? Maybe I’m just stupid, but for the longest time, I thought that he was just a character made up by Charles Schulz. I didn’t find out the truth until High School, then I quickly developed an obsession with the man and with WWI avionics.

His real name was Baron Manfred von Richthofen. He shot down 80 guys over a two-year period while flying a wood-and-canvas plane that would probably seem like a kite to us today. In his native Germany, he was called Der Rote Kampfflieger (The Red Battle-flier.) Had he lived, he may well have become head of the Luftwaffe in WWII. He was shot down in 1918 at the age of 25. As you can see, he was a bit of a hottie as well, if you dig the whole German thing.

Oh, and today is his birthday. I quaff a root beer in salute! And so ends your history lesson for today. Dismissed!

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