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10 things we saw during preparations for this weekend's World War I flying event

DAYTON, Ohio -- Twenty-one full-scale and 7/8-scale World War I aircraft will take to the skies this weekend (Sept. 27-28, 2014) during the Ninth WWI Dawn Patrol Rendezvous. (U.S. Air Force photo)

1) Twenty-one full-scale and 7/8-scale World War I aircraft will take to the skies this weekend (Sept. 27-28) during the Ninth WWI Dawn Patrol Rendezvous. (U.S. Air Force photo) [Note: To move to the next photo, use the arrows above the photo]

DAYTON, Ohio -- An additional 12 full-scale and 7/8-scale aircraft will be on static display during the Ninth WWI Dawn Patrol Rendezvous on Sept. 27-28, 2014. (U.S. Air Force photo)

2) An additional 12 full-scale and 7/8-scale aircraft will be on static display during the event. (U.S. Air Force photo) [Note: To move to the next photo, use the arrows above the photo]

DAYTON, Ohio -- More than 100 WWI-era radio-controlled model aircraft, some as large as 1/2-scale, will perform simulated dogfights, demonstrate formation flying and bomb dropping, and other missions typical of the Great War during the Ninth WWI Dawn Patrol Rendezvous on Sept. 27-28, 2014. (U.S. Air Force photo)

3) More than 100 WWI-era radio-controlled model aircraft, some as large as 1/2-scale, will perform simulated dogfights, demonstrate formation flying and bomb dropping, and other missions typical of the Great War. (U.S. Air Force photo) [Note: To move to the next photo, use the arrows above the photo]

DAYTON, Ohio -- An above-ground trench will serve as the entrance and exit point to the grounds during the Ninth WWI Dawn Patrol Rendezvous on Sept. 27-28, 2014, providing visitors with a feel for how trench warfare was conducted in the early 20th century. (U.S. Air Force photo)

4) An above-ground trench will serve as the entrance and exit point to the grounds, providing visitors with a feel for how trench warfare was conducted in the early 20th century. (U.S. Air Force photo) [Note: To move to the next photo, use the arrows above the photo]

DAYTON, Ohio -- Visitors will encounter more than 60 re-enactors performing skits in a war encampment during the Ninth WWI Dawn Patrol Rendezvous on Sept. 27-28, 2014. (U.S. Air Force photo)

5) Visitors will encounter more than 60 re-enactors performing skits in a war encampment. (U.S. Air Force photo) [Note: To move to the next photo, use the arrows above the photo]

DAYTON, Ohio -- More than 20 antique automobiles will be displayed and paraded around the grounds during the Ninth WWI Dawn Patrol Rendezvous on Sept. 27-28, 2014. (U.S. Air Force photo)

6) More than 20 antique automobiles will be displayed and paraded around the grounds. (U.S. Air Force photo) [Note: To move to the next photo, use the arrows above the photo]

DAYTON, Ohio -- Visitors can get a better understanding of the war in Europe with Buckeye Gamers in Flight’s giant WWI board game “Wings of Glory,” along with trying out aircraft computer simulators to experience “flying” a WWI aircraft, during the Ninth WWI Dawn Patrol Rendezvous on Sept. 27-28, 2014. (U.S. Air Force photo)

7) Visitors can get a better understanding of the war in Europe with Buckeye Gamers in Flight’s giant WWI board game “Wings of Glory,” along with trying out aircraft computer simulators to experience “flying” a WWI aircraft. (More simulator opportunities are available inside the museum. These rides can be purchased through the Air Force Museum Foundation.) (U.S. Air Force photo) [Note: To move to the next photo, use the arrows above the photo]

DAYTON, Ohio -- A multi-activity tent will feature lectures by authors, as well as free interactive educational programs such as trying on a parachute pack, demonstrating how an airplane flies and how rotary engines work, and making a flying a paper glider, during the Ninth WWI Dawn Patrol Rendezvous on Sept. 27-28, 2014. (U.S. Air Force photo)

8) A multi-activity tent will feature lectures by authors, as well as free interactive educational programs such as trying on a parachute pack, demonstrating how an airplane flies and how rotary engines work, and making a flying a paper glider. (U.S. Air Force photo) [Note: To move to the next photo, use the arrows above the photo]

DAYTON, Ohio -- Food trucks will be a new feature at the Ninth WWI Dawn Patrol Rendezvous on Sept. 27-28, 2014. On Saturday, food trucks will be available from El Meson, Hunger Paynes and Lilia’s Outside Café. El Meson and Lilia’s Outside Café will return on Sunday. (U.S. Air Force photo)

9) Food trucks will be a new feature at this year’s event. On Saturday, food trucks will be available from El Meson, Hunger Paynes and Lilia’s Outside Café. El Meson and Lilia’s Outside Café will return on Sunday. (U.S. Air Force photo) [Note: To move to the next photo, use the arrows above the photo]

DAYTON, Ohio -- A collector’s show of WWI items will round out the activities. Items will be available for purchase from a number of vendors during the Ninth WWI Dawn Patrol Rendezvous on Sept. 27-28, 2014. (U.S. Air Force photo)
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10) Finally, a collector’s show of WWI items will round out the activities. Items will be available for purchase from a number of vendors. (U.S. Air Force photo) [Note: To move to the next photo, use the arrows above the photo]