So back in the day, I was a big fan of KoTS, whilst my friend was a big fan of Red Baron.
The big advantage of the Microprose game is that the flight model is very simple (and easier to play), and head-to-head play is available (although I never tried that). You don’t get a German campaign in KoTS, and once you get your gunnery eye in KoTS you can down an enemy fighter in one round of ammunition.
Taking out enemy aces after they rudely dropped an insulting note at your airdrome is very cool though!
If flying is easier than in Red Baron Im looking forward to trying out this game. I always found Red Baron to be very hard, but Im not an Ace pilot by any means. When I play rb I rarely even get to see the enemy before im shot down!
Not to throw too hard a wrench into the discussion, but an additional comparison to Blue Max would be cool. I know that Red Baron was the popular favorite, but I’m guessing that, due to the companies producing them, KoTS and Blue Max are at least more historically accurate. I seem to recall Blue Max also tried to model the rotational prop speed properly (it’s harder to turn in one direction than the other due to the prop).