After producing several designs that were behind the times, Louis Breguet discarded all previous design decisions and designed a two-seater suited to combat on the Western Front, the Breguet 14
. Two varieties existed with minor differences between them: the Breguet 14A2
was the reconnaissance version (originally designated the Breguet 13
), and the 14B2
was the bomber version. Both versions proved to be excellent aircraft, and the Breguet 14 was built in large numbers by several manufacturers. In later production models, to reduce losses, the pilots' seats were armored, and the bombers were frequently escorted by Caudron R.11's
During the war Belgium equipped three escadrilles with Breguet 14s; Greece two squadrons; Serbia three squadrons. 1,500 were promised to the Americans, but only 290 to 376 had been delivered by the Armistice. Their use started in June 1918 with the 96th Aero Squadron. The Americans received 229 A2s (of which 90 were Fiat-powered), 47 B2s, and 100 E2 trainers. The Breguet 14 served well into the 1920s and they were used by many more countries after the war as well as in the Russian Civil War.
This product is an early-model reconnaissance Breguet 14A2
, distinguished by unbalanced ailerons, smaller lower wings, and a single Lewis gun for the observer. (Also available is a late-model 14A2
, an early-model 14B2
bomber, and a late-model 14B2
bomber.) It comes in several scales. At 1:285 scale, two aeroplanes are included
, joined by disposable links. In Detail Plastic, a translucent propeller disk is included and can be used or discarded, as you prefer. At 1:500 scale and smaller, you get eight aeroplanes
connected by a sprue: two each early and late A2 and B2s.
For more info and gaming details, see https://linen.miraheze.org/wiki/Breguet_14