From: The House of the Mouse
No, not an aircraft change, a mission change. If you select an I-15 unit, the pop up window has a selection option to change to flying bomber missions. It will say "Currently Flying Fighter Missions". Change it to bomber.
The only times I spend AP's on changing airframes is when I 'harvest' the high-experience I-crap units. And changing that R-5 recon regt to SB-2 recons. That's it.
ORIGINAL: Franklin Nimitz
Something I'm experimenting with is organization of the Soviet AF. My thoughts right now are that at start, I divide the Soviet FB's into 3 groups:
Group A- I-15/153's etc (anything with a '15' or '153'): gets converted to run bomber missions, and get allocated at ~ 200-300 to each Front. Use until pool is spent.
Group B- I-16 anything: Use these as the front-line fighters and use them until pool is spent.
Group C- 'modern' fighters-Lagg-3, Yak-1, Mig-3: To national reserve to build and train. Exclusively.
Upgrades are to manual in all cases since I want to use up the crap airframes as cannon fodder while conserving the better stuff. However, every so often I'll sort the Group A/B regiments by experience and send any standouts (say 70+ exp.) to the NR to be converted to a newer model. Trial by fire.
When to commit the Group C fighters is a judgement call. It depends on how long the I-junk lasts. I'd really like to save them until spring 42, but that's probably too optimistic. By then, there'd be even better stuff sitting in the pool.
When you say the planes from group A get converted you probably mean you upgrade them manually to a bomber, 10-4?
And you say you leave the group C fighters in the NR until the spring of '42? whoa.
My losses are higher than "normal" right now because I'm flying all the fighters I have.