Albatros DVa Returns to UK
An Albatros DVa has returned to the UK as part of the WW1 Aviation Heritage Trust’s (WW1 AHT) Collection of WWI aircraft. It’s being re-assembled by the WAHT’s Flying Restorations engineering team as G-WAHT, with the work being under taken here in the Engineering Workshop at Shuttleworth.
The aircraft arrived at Old Warden on Wednesday 19 September 2018 via container from New Zealand based TVAL team. The new Albatros is in a different livery to the previous DVa operated by the Trust and is in a striking black paint scheme but still with an enormous Edelweiss. The livery was the choice of Otto Kissenberth, a Bavarian, who commanded the Royal Bavarian Jasta 23b and scored 20 victories. He crashed flying a captured Sopwith Camel at the end of May 1918 and never flew again operationally. He died in a mountaineering accident a year later perhaps searching for the edelweiss of Bavarian mythology!
It will remain at Shuttleworth until the ‘Permit to Fly’ process is complete. The aircraft has yet to fly in this paint scheme and is due to make its debut display during the 2019 season. It will be based at Stow Maries, from where WW1 AHT already operate a BE2e, with two more aircraft – an SE5a and a Fokker DVII – expected in the next 12 months.