I've noticed that some aircraft such as P-38s, P-47s, etc. allow the player to change the loadout between bombs and drop tanks on a unit-by-unit basis. This is nice, since it allows the player to change the role of the unit between escort and ground attack at will.
On other types, such as most Spitfires and Typhoons, seem to enforce a permanent bomb load. One can still use, say, Spitfires as escorts, but they still seem to be carrying their bomb load. Is this hindering their range? Does carrying bombs affect air-to-air combat performance?
If so, it would be great if ALL bomb-equipped fighter types had an armament toggle to disable the bomb load.