Linburn Centre members visit Aviation Preservation Society of Scotland's replica World War One fighter plane

Posted: 16/11/2018 | Scottish War Blinded

The World War One centenary commemorations at the Linburn Centre continued this week with a visit to get up close with a replica of one of the Great War’s first ever fighter planes.

Frank Goodison and Michael McSorely (right) take a look at the Sopwith (on the left)

A group of 32 Scottish War Blinded members journeyed with Linburn staff to East Fortune, North Berwick, where they were introduced to the replica Sopwith 1 ½ Shutter.

The Sopwith 1 ½ Shutter first appeared in December 1915 - the first aircraft to appear with a fixed forward firing gun using an interrupter gear.

George Douglas takes hold of the Sopwith

Put together with loving care and attention to detail by volunteers of the Aviation Preservation Society of Scotland (APSS), the members were given a talk on the bi-plane, and got the chance to get to grips with the impressive aircraft.

It was a very successful trip, much enjoyed by our veterans.

Ken Simpson and Larry McCrum stand in front of the Sopwith