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Night Flying - 6/2/2011 3:02:05 PM   
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I've asked this question within threads but it seems to have gotten lost, so I've started a new thread. I'm trying to beef up my night flying skills in the Allied camp, but I'm not sure how they are "measured". Are they a separate pilot skill set from the daytime flying? Do new skill numbers appear when a squadron is switched? I simply don't have a way to assess their capabilities at night, at least as far as I know. Also mentioned in one thread is the fact that the Allies start out the grand campaign with at least one squadron (Brits?) trained in night fighting tactics, is this true and if so can someone tell me which squadron(s)? Given my first question, how will I tell that this squadron(s) has these skills? If you train at night, does it impact your day time skill set? Finally, given the hazards of flying at night (I was on the Constellation for two and a half years and saw these hazards first hand!) does the accident rate rise (dramatically?) if you switch a squadron from daytime flying to nighttime flying (even for land based A/C)? Thanks in advance. Hal
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RE: Night Flying - 6/2/2011 4:37:07 PM   
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There is no discrete subset of night flying skills. The differences which pertain to flying at night are covered in s.7.2.1.3 of the manual and they do not depend on nor utilise any skill set other than the listed skill sets which apply to both day and night flying operations.

Night fighter aircraft have radar installed. You can use night fighters solely on day opeations, you can use day fighters solely on night operations.

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RE: Night Flying - 6/2/2011 7:43:47 PM   
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And, many will agree, that there seems to be no difference between a night fighter at night and any ole regular aircraft. Both do not kill much but both will discourage attacks and lessen bombing accuracy. So don't fret over night fighters too much as any handy squadron will suffice.



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RE: Night Flying - 6/2/2011 9:06:57 PM   
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Thanks Alfred (yet again) and crsutton. This is interesting. However at the risk of speaking ill of the living, let alone the dead, I would submit that this is in no way a reflection of reality. Night flying TODAY is more dangerous than day flying let alone 70 years ago when it was considered downright reckless! And the resulting accuracy of a pilot's skills (like in bombing) would also be diminished by a huge factor. But the game certainly reflects the fact that it is harder to FIND someone in the dark....Hal

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