From: Chehalis, WA
ORIGINAL: Jim D Burns
Aircraft now have seperate maneuverability ratings based on altitude bands. So aircraft that did not have superchargers or turbochargers are going to have their performance degraded as altitude goes up, especially above 20,000ft.
Do extreme maneuver rating differences still prevent planes from shooting back even though they are being shot at dozens of times?
Are there now ammo limits for air to air combats?
I was mainly involved in researching and inputting Japanese Army and Navy aircraft data so cannot speak to the exact mechanics.
While there are no ammo limits per se, you will see aircraft departing combat due to low ammo during combat. Someone may be able to speak of the exact mechanic of how this is determined but a single aircraft won't be able to engage dozens of times.
Even the worst rated aircraft will have a percentage chance to get a shot at a superior aircraft. The greater the difference, the less the chance assuming all other factors are equal.
Ret Navy AWCS (1972-1998)
VP-5, Jacksonville, Fl 1973-78
ASW Ops Center, Rota, Spain 1978-81
VP-40, Mt View, Ca 1981-87
Patrol Wing 10, Mt View, CA 1987-90
ASW Ops Center, Adak, Ak 1990-92
NRD Seattle 1992-96
VP-46, Whidbey Isl, Wa 1996-98