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Deucey Supporting Member of TMP03 Mar 2021 6:50 p.m. PST

I was trying to find a list or chart that told how many of each plane was operational in WW1. Also what years they were in service.

Can anyone help out?

Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP03 Mar 2021 9:03 p.m. PST

There were over 50 different aircraft designs during WW1, with five distinct technological generations, according to American historian Richard Hallion. Over the course of the war the countries involved in the fighting produced more than 200,000 aircraft and even more engines…

This possible help you…


WW1 Aviation timeline…


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Deucey Supporting Member of TMP04 Mar 2021 5:12 a.m. PST

Thanks Armand. I was hoping someone could have a simple chart or statistics, but these look interesting.

Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP04 Mar 2021 11:45 a.m. PST

A votre service mon ami! (smile)


Camcleod04 Mar 2021 12:05 p.m. PST


For the Germans you want the Frontbestands lists:
See the last post on this thread.

It lists the number of each A/C type at the front for each period of each year.

DarylP04 Mar 2021 7:03 p.m. PST

Please see also the Usage Charts on the Wings of Linen WIKI: link

The German charts were constructed using Frontbestand data; the British ones from squadron-usage notes in Philpott's "The Birth of the Royal Air Force"; and the French from when the escadrilles changed names and other data in Davilla & Soltan's "French Aircraft of the First World War".

As you might expect, the answer is more complicated than you might expect, because a new aeroplane type tended to trickle into service at first, build to a peak, and then slowly disappear as they were withdrawn, moved to quieter fronts, or not replaced after attrition. So it's not like there is a binary "on" and "off" date for any particular type.

Deucey Supporting Member of TMP06 Mar 2021 11:41 a.m. PST

Amazing! Thanks, that's exactly what I was looking for!

Personal logo chicklewis Supporting Member of TMP06 Mar 2021 9:21 p.m. PST

Super interesting charts !!

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