From: Denver, CO USA
I have a couple of thoughts to add to the airpower discussion, guys, as it is an important issue.
First, the airpower needs tweaked back down in losses, as they are just too high right now, basically they seem back to where they were in the 1.? versions. In conjunctions with this, though, the readiness losses need boosted back up some, as there basically is none now - maybe a cap at no lower than 50% readiness??? Anyway, the issues themselves have been raised by Ed and myself. Also, the idea was to normalize losses so that the small attacks did no more damage than large attacks, and this may be happening, but if so the large attacks are too strong. I also don't believe this is happening, as the small attacks still cause a significant percentage of losses compared to the larger attacks.
Regarding multiple attacks, it can be abused, but a fixed rule is hard to obey in some situations also. I have a different suggestion, which is a complete turnaround from how it has always been done. Basically, I have always felt the air ranges for ground support are overstated. Yes, the ranges cover what bombers could theorectically cover, but in actual combat were rarely attained for a variety of reasons. This I feel applies more in a ground support role (including interdiction) where the specific target location is only known at takeoff than airfield or strategic attacks, where a target is fixed and a full blown attack plan is laid out before striking. A tactical attack like this requires extra time and fuel to identify and strike the target, thus reducing the range these attacks were carried out at.
What I propose to fix this, is that air units retain their current range ratings, but for tactical combat (ie. interdiction and ground support), air units can only fly a limited range, say 7 hexes, which is 140 mile or 220 km. This would prevent the massing of air power as currently can happen, unless the HQs are also massed in which case the airpower should be massed also. If the losses get fixed, then the airpower situation should be looking really good.
One negative about this idea is it prevents the normal Soviet tactic of keeping the bombers back well in the rear and striking. This is a realistic restriction but it does have some major impact on Soviet airpower usage. I still kind of like the idea, but am not sure.