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Personal logo ochoin Supporting Member of TMP12 Apr 2019 3:21 p.m. PST

My pals and I have recently started on WW1 gaming: specifically using 'Great War Spearhead'.

The rules allow for aircraft but the information is scant & sometimes contradictory. I've undertaken to organise some "bolt-on" rules. I will readily acknowledge my grasp of the subject is scanty.

Clearly, the main point of the game is land based and any rules for aircraft should be simple.
So am I correct in surmising I should allow for the three roles of air warfare in the period: observation, bombing and fighter-interception?

Were mid & late war planes designed solely for one task or the other? Is there a website with some clear information on aircraft types, function, capabilities?

Any references that you could steer me towards would be gratefully accepted.

khanscom12 Apr 2019 4:37 p.m. PST

Sopwith Salamander was explicitly designed for the ground attack role with extensive armor and strengthened structure.

Tom Molon Supporting Member of TMP12 Apr 2019 4:46 p.m. PST

Try to google canvas eagles and find the blue max/canvas eagles web site. Lots of good info there.

Thresher01 Supporting Member of TMP12 Apr 2019 6:18 p.m. PST

Second the recommendation for checking out Canvas Eagles/Blue Max.

We use them all the time at the local club for WWI aerial combat, with 1/144th scale minis.

Ed Mohrmann Supporting Member of TMP12 Apr 2019 7:18 p.m. PST

A site which has a bit (small bit) of info about
over 200 different types of WWI aircraft (some
are one only prototypes):


The following URL goes to a site which has a number
of accessible pages with different info on some of
the major aircraft, some of the better known 'names'
involved in the air war and similar items:


Personal logo ochoin Supporting Member of TMP12 Apr 2019 10:43 p.m. PST

Thanks for this. It'll certainly be enough to begin with.

GildasFacit Sponsoring Member of TMP14 Apr 2019 2:56 a.m. PST

A 4th role was trench strafing.

Interception was as likely to be of observers or bombers, the fighters were what you had to fight to get to the observers or bombers.

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