Erin Boyd , April 02, 2005; 04:22 A.M.
This is the original Pfalz D111 replica built for the 1966 cult movie "The Blue Max" starring George Peppard. After the movie was completed the aircraft was poorly stored for many years and sustained considerable damage, finally brought by film director Peter Jackson in 1998 for inclusion in his private collection.
Peter was determined to own the only flying example of this aircraft type in the world and engaged Stuart Tantrum of Antique Aero Works, based at Omaka Aerodrome near Blenheim New Zealand, to undertake the restoration.
After five years work the Pfalz D111 is beautifully restored and again airborne. It made it's public debut at the Classic Fighters Airshow held at Omaka Aerodrome Easter 2005.