I have been tweeking it. The ace spawns but is not overly aggressive. He flies in a circle once activated and only attacks if you come within normal distance. That means he can be activated and will stay in that area. If a 2 seater activates him he may or may not attack them. Fighters can be called over to kill him. If the ace is changed to an advanced 2 seater that does mean a little more danger but the scouts will be advanced as well. The 2 seater thing works better when when Central side has to capture an enemy plane because the Entente have a larger selection to choose from.
I believe this gives us a new mission. At present it is set up for an Entente objective but it can be changed for either side as needed.
Well, that is one mission. Now for another mission.
I was talking with Klaiber and he thought it would be good to see the Gotha or the HP escorted all the way across the map. Not exactly bombing London but something similar. This sets up the Strategic Target objective. The objective is a building set way, way behind enemy lines. It can only be done by the plane labeled "Strategic Bomber". It will take at least one hour to get there. The target is randomly selected. It is a distinct building easily identified. Only 2 AAA trucks defending but still, best bombed from altitude for safety. The challenge is to get to the target. Too simple? Too easy? Too easy to stop? What, another bomber mission? Can't we come up with something more imaginative that does not involve bombs? Well, not really.
Well, the fundamental concerns I have with the bombing mission are:
1> If the defending team recognizes the building, and caps it, there's pretty much zero chance of a Heavy bomber making it to the target. If he's flying at height, he can be seen from miles away, and if he comes in low, it's fairly likely he'll be flakked.
2> Taking an hour (or more) out of the mission for one (highly probable suicide) flight to a 'capped' target wouldn't seem to be much "fun" for the guy tasked to attempt it. Also, given numbers of pilots and the length of that mission, a team wouldn't really be able to spare the resources to provide that long of an escort. Further, even if the target isn't capped, and he's successful bombing it, he's still done for the day, as it'll take him another hour to fly home (he can't just ditch the plane because that will count as a capture), assuming he isn't summarily killed due to point #1.
I can only speak for myself, but that mission wouldn't be on my list of personal favorites to undertake.