Is there a limit to how many subordinate airbases are allowed to be under the command of a Soviet airbase HQ before penalties are applied and if so how many?
I have never really had a problem with this, mainly because other game mechanics steps in and makes me limit the number of Air Groups I have under one Front Command.
First, there is a limit to how many aircraft will actually fly a given mission. It appear that once you send about 400 aircraft into a mission, the system itself will prevent many more aircraft from participating (regardless of the actual number you sent). Personally, I think game mechanics should also limit the number of potential fighter bombers and fighters to around 200, but it does not.
Second, remember that repairing aircraft depends on the number of Support squads on the Airfield HQ's, so having 50+ Air Groups with half the planes damaged under one Command might ot be a good idea.
Third, when manually selecting aircraft for a mission, you only have a limited space available on the selection screen. If you have a plethora of Air Groups available, you might not even be able to select the ones you want.
Fourth, the aircraft of one Front Command will only fly in support of that particular Front command. So if you stack all available aircraft at one Front, chances are that a lot of them will never get to fly. Further, a lot of ground combats will never get any support.
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