I've been thinking it over, and I think I made to many categories. Can anyone think of a clean, efficient way to break up the aircraft without the constant category overlap? For starters, I'm thinking of replacing light/medium/heavy bombers with tactical vs. strategic bombers. Oberiko 02:04, 3 Jul 2004 (UTC)
I'm going to follow the lead set by others and classify aircraft by time in decades (XXX0-XXX9). I think that's more definitive then by conflict (which can go on a list page). It'll be catagorized by the aircrafts service life-time (An aircraft that's in the air for 30 years will be shown in multiple categories etc.). I'm also going to simplify the categories to [Country] [Role] [Time period].
The various roles will be: Fighters (interceptors, night-fighters etc.), Tactical bombers (light bombers, dive-bombers and torpedo bombers), Strategic bombers, and Other (transport, recon, training etc.) Oberiko 16:18, 4 Jul 2004 (UTC)
The text for this category says "These are articles related to aircraft of World War II." which is rather vague. I propose that we change it to "This category is for articles about aircraft that saw service in World War II." and then apply that inclusion criterion. The main effect of this would be to remove articles about aircraft that had not progressed beyond design/experiment/prototype at the end of the war (e.g. de Havilland Vampire). Such articles should still be in a country-role-decade category and/or an abandoned projects category (example) - as well as in any relevant lists (example).
In some cases this will result in most or all of the articles in a category being removed from the category). Note: ultimately this category tree should either be fully brought into the aircraft categorization scheme or replaced by lists/templates; this change would be a step towards either of those objectives. Please let me know whether you agree or disagree. DexDor (talk) 12:21, 28 July 2013 (UTC)
Dont have a problem with your change as it makes the category more specific, as it is one of the last aircraft by war/campaign cats left it may make it more useful and more importantly differently from the decade cats. MilborneOne (talk) 12:45, 28 July 2013 (UTC)