As I am currently taking part in a playtest for the new Lardies rules for WWI aviation combat, I have been spending time looking over the aircraft of the period. What is surprising is the number of good aircraft used in The Great War, and how short of a shelf life they had.
Here is my list of the most significant.
Gotha G.V and G.IV – Giving the Germans the ability to take the war to Britain without using pesky hydrogen.
Fokker Eindecker – Not only giving the Germans air superiority in 1915, but was the vehicle that trained the early war aces.
Sopwith Camel – Maneuverable, twin synchronized machine guns and looks. What more is needed. (And there is always Snoopy)
SE5a – A superiority fighter used well from mid 1917 to the end of the war. It is also the aircraft that I remember fondly in the modeling I did as a youth.
As I left off French, Russian, Austro-Hungarian (love the flying boats) and others, I know I slighted many of you. So what do you consider the most significant aircraft of the war?