The planes were headed to the Dawn Patrol Rendezvous presented by the National Museum of the United States Air Force at Wright Field today through Sunday.
The group left from Platte Valley (about a mile from Hudson, Colo., or east and north of Denver). They fly 120-mile legs for an overall 950-mile journey, according to fuel capacities.
Murray also had to pour in three quarts of oil every 120 miles, he said as he filled up with aviation fuel.
He also said Monday's moderate winds required them to maintain constant hands-on control, lest they wished to be buffeted by the breezes or find themselves bobbing up and down on the air currents.
The planes and participants were a Fokker D-VII double-wing plane. It is a replica of the 1918 Fodder developed by Anthony Fokker in Germany as a WWI fighter plane near the end of the war. The plane was piloted by its owner, 72 year-old Dan Murray of Longmont, Colo.
Mark Holiday is the pilot owner of the Fokker D VIII single-wing plane. It, too, is a replica, although it saw very little action during the war. Holiday is from Hudson, Colo.
A triple-wing Fokker DR-I (the same as the infamous Red Baron plane) was owned and piloted by Andrew King of Virginia. It is another replica.
The gray and burgundy colored Waco biplane is a 1930s-era plane built as leisure craft or consumer plane (the rest of the planes were war planes). Its owner and pilot is Art Annechario of Boulder, Colo.,
This epic flight will be featured in a full-length documentary film by Emmy award winning director/producer Art Annecharico. Russ Wilson of Denver was flying along to edit the film. He was responsible for editing the documentary film, "The Cove," which won the People's Choice Award at the Sundance Film Festival.
He said it is currently in 24 theaters. It was made using hidden cameras to document dolphin slaughters along the coast of Japan.
Wilson mounted hi-def cameras on the planes throughout the journey and will film at the air show as well.
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