One of the many imaginary alter ego
es of Snoopy
. When in his flying ace
mode, Snoopy sits atop the roof
of his doghouse
wearing a skull cap
, and a scarf
, and clutching imaginary machine gun
s. His arch enemy
is the Red Baron
, whom he must dogfight
every time he goes into the air. And he likes to narrate
As the dawn breaks, I wave to the poor blighters below. Blighters like it when you wave to them.
The World War I Flying Ace is an American stationed at an Allied aerodrome
"somewhere in France
"—in the book Snoopy and the Red Baron
, he is based near the town of Pont-au-Mousson
. He flies a Sopwith Camel
, which more often than not returns to base riddle
d with bullets and belch
ing out smoke from its tail. Before every mission, the Ace eats an English muffin
, which is usually too cold for his tastes.
Other Peanuts characters figure into Snoopy's flying ace fantasy as well. Woodstock is the Ace's mechanic. After the Ace is shot down trying to destroy an ammunition train (Linus Van Pelt's wagon), he attempts to kill a sentry (Charlie Brown) and evade two machine gunners (Sally Brown and Lucy Van Pelt) on either side of the barbed wire (their jump rope). And so on.
Most common quote: "Curse you, Red Baron!"