Every April 1st, the Museum of Flight mounts a special exhibit (wink, wink). Today’s featured a valuable new acquisition: the Sopwith Camel flown by WWI Flying Ace, Snoopy.
“The British manufactured Sopwith Camel was one of the best fighters for the Allies in WWI. The aircraft on display here is one of 28 flown by Snoopy, the WWI Flying Ace, during his service.”
“The Museum’s Camel is the 3rd aircraft Snoopy crash landed behind enemy lines. The aircraft ws stored on the famly farm of a ‘mademoiselle’ who sheltered the WWI Flying Ace near Pont-a-Mousson on the Moselle River in France”.
As I have done for the past 3 years, I went over to the Museum to see what wonderful new item might be on display. There was both the new artifact and a scavenger hunt: “Find Snoopy”. Many of Snoopy’s WWI items were to be found around the gallery. I found them all and there is a link, below, to the photos to prove it.
This is such an important find that a local TV crew came to document it. Jim Dever of King5 Evening magazine interviewed Chief Curator Dan Hagedorn.
After all the fuss quieted down, I spent time sketching this excellent addition to the Museum’s collection. It will remain on display through the weekend.
Lots of photos here.