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PILOT PROBLEMS - 4/21/2011 3:35:31 PM   
santino250

 

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HI All

I am the USA is may 45, I am about to invade Japan's home Island, but my pilots are still being whitewashed in the air!!

Even in my P51's I am being outflown ... even when their are even numbers in the air.. my guys are shot down 4 to 1...

It seems that I must have really screwed up pilot training ... I have always trained new groups... but how do you train replacements? before they are placed in a group??

I take most of my best pilots and put them in TRV or training whichever option is available.... I know it is too late for this game.... but
it seems that eithor my best pilots are shot down, or I have sent them to training and put them in groups to teach new pilots in groups....

They really need to come up with a much better Pilot Training Guide!!

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RE: PILOT PROBLEMS - 4/21/2011 4:32:40 PM   
crsutton


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I assume you are playing vs the AI. I think the game gives some bonuses to the enemy AI depending on the level you are playing at but don't know for sure.

Training up pilots is tedious but simple. You should have plenty of squadrons in 1945 to reserve about 1/4 th of them for training purposes. Use your leftover obsolete planes.

Just fill up your rear squadrons with "replacment" low exp pilots. Set the squadrons to 90% training and then pick a skill to train them in. For example setting a fighter unit to train on "escort" will train up the air to air skill as well as give a gradual overall experience gain and defensive skill gain. Come back in two to three months and you should have some pretty decent pilots. You might want to train them up a bit in a secondary skill-such as straffing for fighters or ASW for bombers. This will also increase your overall exp and defensive skills. I look to get my pilots up to 50 overall experience and close to 70 in a skill. Then just move all the trained pilots out to your reserve pool and replace them with green pilots and start over again. In about a year your pool of trained pilots should be pretty good.

Do not let you squadrons take replacement pilots automatically but rather try to manually pull them from the reserve. Also set your units to pull from the reserve, not the "replacement" pool. The replacement pools is where your green recruit pilots come from.

When you start your next game, start training pilots right away. No matter how much the need, don't send all your squadrons to the fight.

Your 4-1 losses in the air also suggests that you may not be using the best tactics. Do some searches here as the forum is loaded with tactical help. Also, you might also look for a human pbemail opponent. It is a much more satisfying game and you will learn tactics a lot better vs a human.



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