From: Alberta, Canada
I am slowly building up my pilot reserves and wonder how many would be enough ? What target number should I aim for. It is May 42 and I have the following so far. I only pull pilots out of units that have 76+ exp.
Fighter - 268
Bomber - 113
Fighter - 67
Bomber - 3
Let me know you opinions of reserves and how many and what skill / experience I should have.
Not nearly enough, you shouldn't even put a limit on the number of pilots to have in reserve. Heavy combat will see them dwindle quickly. A lot of people shoot for 50exp/70air/70def
Once the skills reach the high 60's to 70 mark it's best to get that pilot switched over to a combat formation to gain experience. It takes too long to train skills above 70. You want high turnover, once you've reached the skill level you need switch them out and get green pilots started.
Experience levels grind to a halt around 50 while training, anything higher needs to be gained from flying actual missions and combat.
Make sure all your units not on the frontline are maxed out with pilots and you are set to 80-100% training. A three month training cycle seems to get the numbers up in time.
If you rely on only pulling pilots out with 76+ experience into your reserve, they will not last very long. Your reserve should rely on trained pilots, not on pulling out combat veterans. It's a good idea to save some veterans for the better aircraft later of course or put your 80+ exp pilots into TRACOM to save them for later, but it's not enough to fill your reserves or keep your combat units effective over the long term.
You will need thousands over the course of the war. Good luck.
< Message edited by SqzMyLemon -- 8/9/2011 11:37:47 PM >
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