We often like begging for new additions to the simulation (often inappropriately and with excessive expectations). We also know that more than three quatres of the forum community thinks that there should be more early war two-seaters.
However, I recently realised that I do not really know that much about the different types of early war aircraft. I'm basically ignorant of the time before mid-1917... (Morane-N excepted).
So, I decided to create this thread in order to get a better feel.Please contribute your own discoveries in a similar format. Also, please include an estimate of the production numbersMorane-Saulnier L
+ Over 600 built (not including those license built by Pfalz for Germany). This is six times
the number of 'BB' and twelve times
the number of 'N' produced.
+ 78 mph (125 kph). Slow enough to be caught be the Fokker E.III
+ French and British service, with small numbers license produced in Germany (as well as serving in the Russian air force and with the Ottomans!)
+ Two seat version was able to carry a defensive machine gun (as well as existing in single and twin seat unarmed versions were numerous - although these were often armed with hand-held weapons).
+ The single seat version was the first aircraft to be equipped with a fixed forward firing gun by Escadrille 23! This field mod was captured and lead directly to the German requirement that produced the Fokker Eindecker. It was both the initiator (on both sides), and ultimately one of the victims, of the Fokker Scourge.
+ Germany also converted 60 licensed built aircraft as interim fighters (145 kph Pfalz A.II). This means that it was a more widely produced German fighter than the Halberstadt D.II.
+ It was the first aircraft to down a Zepplin (by the RNAS, using bombs).
+ It was Guynemer's first service planeF.E.2
+ More than 1000 built
+ F.E.2b at around 80mph could be caught by the E.III (F.E.2d is slightly faster than the E.III at 92mph, although much slower than the D.II)
+ Used as Fighters, Bombers, and Night Fighters (later in the war)
+ Relatively long services life
+ A substantial number of aces flew this plane
+ Varied armament, including guns, bombs and searchlights (later in the war)