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So You Want to Be a WWI Flying Ace
Aerial Warfare in WW1
"Do you like the idea of dogfighting to the death in a rickety, underpowered airplane? Do you look good in a helmet and goggles? Do you own a helmet and goggles? Really? Then you might have what it took to be a World War I flying ace."
15 Points Per Correct Answer - No time limit
In order to be classified as an ace, you would need a certain number of "kills" or aircraft shot down. How many "kills" does it take to earn the title of "Ace?"
Actually, all you need are five landings you can walk away from
Which of the following squadrons would an American pilot have joined at the start of World War I?
94th Pursuit Squadron
175th Tactical Fighter Squadron
Assume you were in the German Air Force. Your commander told you to go out to the flightline and take the triplane for a spin. Which of the following aircraft did the commander want you to fly?
Fokker F27 Friendship
Fokker Dr.1 Dreidecker
If a plane's guns were not synchronized, the pilot could end up shooting off the propeller.
Going up and boring holes in the sky in a wire and fabric airplane is all good fun but when the Air Corps hired you, they kind of expected you to shoot other airplanes out of the sky and enemy ones at that. Which of the following would be the best position from which to attack an enemy fighter?
Head on, like the macho pilot you are
Out of the Sun
From the side
What was a Lufbery Circle?
A defensive formation
A machine gun aiming reticle
A decoration for valor
Observation balloons were also targets. What kind of mission involved shooting down observation balloons?
Gas bag sortie
There was no such mission. That would have been unsporting.
If you wanted to be a flying ace this next bit of information would have been very important in your decision of which air service to join. Royal Flying Corps pilots who jumped out of their stricken planes had a terrible survival rate. Why was this?
German pilots would shoot at the descending aviator
All the interplane wires on the biplanes made it dangerous to jump
They were not issued with parachutes
British parachutes were not very reliable
Before a WWI flying ace blasted off into the sky in search of enemy planes it was important that he knew how to recognize an enemy plane. One way to do that could have been to fly alongside the enemy pilot and see what his uniform looked like. If it was different from yours, he might be the enemy. A better way could have been to fly alongside and engage the pilot in conversation. If he spoke the same language as the enemy he would have been someone you should attack. The best way, though, was to look for the national insignia on the sides and/or wings of the plane. If you were looking for a German plane, what insignia would be on the plane?
Red, white and blue roundel
Blue, white and red roundel
Manfred von Richthofen of Germany was the highest scoring ace of World War I with 80 victories. What was his nickname?
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Compiled Jun 28 12