The 10th Essex also offer a ‘Royal Flying Corps’ presentation, the mainstay of which is the groups Nieuport 12 two-seater biplane and its crew.
This full sized aircraft is a professionally constructed film prop. It is the basis of ‘flight demonstrations’ of Reconnaissance flying over the Western Front in 1917.
The presentations are light-hearted but give the audience a serious message as to the hazards of flying over the Western Front.
The flying consists of a pilot and an assistant who’s job was to take photos and defend the plane from attackers. As you can see, there is always lots to do.