The slot machine featuring a historical war hero known as the
Red Baron was released by Australian casino game manufacturer
Aristocrat Leisure in 2008.
The Red Baron slot machine was designed to celebrate the
wartime accomplishments of Manfred Albrecht Freiherr von
Richthofen, the famed German fighter pilot who dominated the
skies during World War I. During his tenure with the German Army
Air Service, or Luftstreitkräfte, the Red Baron was credited
with 80 air combat victories, earning his name as the legendary
ace of aces.
Although Richthofen fought for the German Empire during the
Great War, the feats of accuracy and courage he displayed during
dog fights earned the Red Baron grudging admiration even from
his enemies. The combination of Richthofen’s lordly lineage and
his fiercely painted bright red fighter plane led to the
nickname he’s known by today, but during his life, the Red Baron
was more commonly known as Der Rote Kampfflieger, which
translates to The Red Battle Flyer in German.
As is the case with Aristocrat’s other historically themed
games, such as the Roman volcanic eruption title Pompeii, the
Red Baron slot machine is designed with several subtle touches
meant to evoke the spirit of his era.