Find Snoopy

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.

About redharparts

Born in Michigan. Attended undergrad and graduate universities there. I've lived in England, Germany, Southern California and now Washington (state). I'm a retired Medical Social Worker with a past specialty in Oncology. I've enjoyed exploring historical re-creation through the SCA. I costume in several fandoms. Lately I've returned to Art and have taken up Urban Sketching, a version of en plein air painting.
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4 Responses to Find Snoopy

  1. miatagrrl says:

    Wow, terrific acquisition, indeed! Did Snoopy make a guest appearance, too? 😉


    • redharparts says:

      Yes, Snoopy was there. If you click on the link to more photos, he’s pictured as a white stuffed animal on the wing of the Sopwith Camel, hanging up in the air above the exhibits. Woodstock was there, too.

  2. Åke Eldberg says:

    Wonderful. A memory pops up. I was in France and happened to look at one of those metal manhole covers in the street. It said “Pont a Mousson” and it took a few seconds for the coin to drop. That’s the village where Snoopy always ends up after crashing. And it’s a real place!
    MK: There is a free app called “Office Lens” you may want to download. It’s for taking pictures of documents and signs. Compensates for perspective.

    • redharparts says:

      Interesting that it’s a real place. Can’t put apps on my Canon G12… I do not use a camera phone.. the G12 is better. Though I might try it and then use it for just the signs. Just looked it up…. it says it’s for documents and whiteboard images. I’ll give it a try. Thanks.

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