Red Baron's World War One plane Fokker Dr1 Triplane replicated

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Media captionPaul Ford said it had taken him five years to recreate the Fokker Dr1 Triplane

A full-scale replica of an infamous German World War One fighter plane has taken to the skies above Britain.

The Fokker Dr1 triplane, recreated by a Derbyshire engineer, is being flown at the Derby Aero Club in Egginton, Derbyshire.

The Fokker was made famous by German fighter pilot Manfred von Richthofen, better known as the Red Baron.

Co-owner Paul Ford said it had taken him 3,500 hours and five years to put the plane together in his spare time.

"I just believe it is the ultimate World War One aeroplane," said Mr Ford.

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Image caption German fighter pilot, the Red Baron, famously flew the Fokker during World War One

"There are British ones that are similar but they have not got quite the look of the Fokker design."

Mr Ford has created the aircraft in the colours of the Red Baron's famous aircraft.

Pilot Paul Jones said the aircraft was unstable and difficult to fly - but this is what made it special.

"The idea is that you can get back on your opponent's tail so it is very, very manoeuvrable," he said.

Mr Ford has also collected other World War One memorabilia that visitors to the airfield can enjoy as part of its fighter patrol experience.

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