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Replica Red Baron triplane takes to the skies of Norfolk

A former GP has spent nearly 10 years building a replica of the triplane Germany's notorious Red Baron used to terrorise the skies over the Western Front.

Peter Brueggemann has also learnt to fly so he can take the plane up himself.

Click below to see a report by Natalie Gray

Replica Red Baron triplane takes to the skies of Norfolk Credit: ITV Anglia

It was Germany's most famous fighter plane. Peter's now taken it into the skies above Norfolk.

"It was fantastic.The wind was just right. It just felt really nice. Nobody really actually thought I was going to finish it."

– Peter Brueggemann
Replica Red Baron triplane takes to the skies of Norfolk Credit: ITV Anglia

The Red Baron inspired both terror and admiration, during 18 months from September 1916 he shot down 80 aircraft, more than any other aviator during the first world war.

Manfred von Richthofen was the ace of aces. He prowled the skies in his signature red Fokker triplane, winning one battle after another.

He was finally shot down and killed in April 1918, dying a German national hero at the age of just 25.

Replica Red Baron triplane takes to the skies of Norfolk Credit: ITV Anglia

Peter, from Briston in Norfolk, has used the same materials from a century ago but for safety reasons it has a modern engine.

Even so it can be really tricky to fly and it's taught him huge respect for those world war one pilots.

"When you sit in this aircraft and you think it is so difficult to control and what it was like 100 years ago you realise what a terrible time it was for them."

– Peter Brueggemann

And after flying it all over Norfolk Peter's now hoping to fly the plane to Germany.

Click below to watch the trip Peter took above the skies of Norfolk

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