David’s Granddad flew with No. 2 Wing RNAS from Dec 1915 to Aug 1916, at Imbros, off the Gallipoli peninsula, and at Thasos, a Greek island off the coast of Bulgaria, who had recently joined the Axis powers.
He flew ten different types of aircraft in his time there, and of them all his favourite was the Bristol Bullet, or Scout. He flew seven different Scouts, and his favourite was serial number 1264.
After he died David found three souvenirs in his workshop, a stick, rudder bar and magneto, and he guessed that these were from 1264. Then in 2002 David’s friend Theo Willford suggested that he should rebuild 1264, and the research started.
They started building in 2008, and in on 9 July 2015 it took to the air for the first time, almost exactly 100 years after the original.
In 2016 they hoped to return the aircraft to Imbros or Thasos to reprise David’s Granddad flights exactly 100 years after he was there.
I was leading a team of 10 Photographers covering the Kavala Air Sea Show 2016 when I learned of David’s arrival at Thassos. He was going to try at the time to make the historic flight from the exact same airport his Granddad took off 100 years ago. Since I am an Olympus user I contacted Olympus Greece to let them know that I decided to go to Thassos with my own expenses and cover the story. SO I asked if they cloud provide me with a 40-150 ( 80-300 in 35mm ) and an extender in order to be able to shoot this adventure and also the rest of the Airshow back at Kavala.
Mr Ageridis, the Business Development Director of Olympus Greece was super positive and provided me with not only the lens but also an Olympus OM-D EM-1. A killer combo for such a task.
So after the Equipment arrived I hopped on a ferry to Thassos and for 3 days I documented the adventure of David at Thassos Island.
Below you can find some selected shots from the day of flight that started at 04:00, in order for David to have a fighting chance to take off, avoiding strong winds which could prevent the aircraft from flying.
This is literally a chance that someone can have every 100 years. And I was lucky enough, with the help of Olympus to be there and document it.
I would like to thank the following for helping in making this happen.
- Mr Georgiadis, the heart and soul of the Kavala Air Sea show
- Vasilis Tziatas for helping out and being a great assistant and photographer
- Paganiotis Kokkinis for following me everywhere in order to document the backstage with video and photos
- David Bremmer for giving us access and his time in order to make this project happen
- To David once more for being a huge inspiration. His courage and patience are truly remarkable. A True dreamer than makes dreams happen. It was a honor for me to be able to document this historic achievement.
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