WWI replica biplane to help mark centenary of military aircraft

BY Justin Scuiletti  August 12, 2014 at 11:56 AM EST
Photo by Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images

Photo by Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images

A replica World War I-era biplane took to the skies Tuesday, preparing to mark 100 years since the military’s aerial deployment to war.

The yellow recreation of a BE-2 biplane from the Royal Flying Corps soared above England before arriving in the village of Headcorn ahead of Wednesday’s scheduled Service of Remembrance that will recognize the anniversary of the arrival of the British Expeditionary Force in Amiens, France.

Bad weather has made flight a bit difficult, however. The biplane was scheduled to fly alongside a British Royal Air Force Tornado Jet on Monday, though rain and strong winds delayed the flight until Wednesday.

“In gusty conditions like we have today it’s like flying a kite,” navigator Stephen Slater told the BBC.

Photo by Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images

Navigator Stephen Slater and pilot Matthew Boddington stand with the replica BE-2 biplane. Photo by Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images