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Thread: Double seaters versus single seaters endurance

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    Did double-seaters really withstand more beating than single-seaters?
    And why do you think so?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Honza View Post
    Did double-seaters really withstand more beating than single-seaters?
    And why do you think so?
    While there was a great variety in structural strength, in general, 2 seaters had more structure to put holes into.
    That said, the critical hits (or golden BB) would still take it down. Pilot, fuel tank or fuel lines, engine etc.
    Karl
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    I always wondered how they determined the hit points for each aircraft. No one has the data to say, for example, on average how many bullet hits a Sopwith Camel took before getting shot down, compared to a Fokker Dr.I. So it must be a bit subjective.

    The point Carl made about the "lucky shot" is quite well represented in the game. A Fokker Eindecker is as likely to draw the boom card or engine damage as a Breguet XIV. The giants are less vulnerable to engine damage because of the token system, although in reality any given bullet fitted at a multi engined aircraft should be more likely to hit an engine than a bullet fired at a single engined aircraft, since there are more engines to hit...?

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    External bracing plays a role in vulnerability. The more that you have, the more likely that one will snap and the airplane will fly into pieces.

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    Another consideration is that a wood-framed, fabric-covered plane could be shot full of holes, and not loose performance, nor structural integrity. It might look like a colander on landing, but replace the fabric and it would be ready to fly again.

    It is one of the reasons I suspect there are so many "0" damage cards.

    Two-seater planes are realy not all that much more resistant to damage, maybe having a few extra resistance points than single seaters, if you look at individual planes (giants are a bit more robust).
    Mike
    "Flying is learning to throw yourself at the ground and miss" Douglas Adams
    "Wings of Glory won't skin your elbows and knees while practicing." OldGuy59

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    I don't think there is any hard and fast generalised rule for two-seaters having more damage points than scouts.

    The toughness of a given plane was down to the structural strength of each individual design and the aircraft's construction quality.
    I laugh in the face of danger - then I hide until it goes away!

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    Quote Originally Posted by OldGuy59 View Post
    Another consideration is that a wood-framed, fabric-covered plane could be shot full of holes, and not loose performance, nor structural integrity. It might look like a colander on landing...
    Mike - sounds like a good name for a WW1 airplane "the Flying Colander"



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