From: Upstate New York
Alfred said in a former thread of mine that search planes are only effective up to a range of 12 hexes. Can I push that "limit" by assigning more planes to the same 10°? Or will they just both search up to those 12 hexes (resulting in a better search of this area?)
edit: That means ofc Naval search as ASW is strictly limited in range and recon is only a single hex
Wow, that's news to me. So setting my Mavis patrols to 25 hexes is just racking up more fatigue than necessary?
I'm not quite sure I buy it. A couple weeks ago, I had some Bettys flying out of Truk and they spotted my opponent's carriers a hex or two off of Green Island. That would put the range to be about 16 or 17 hexes. I've also had Bettys flying out of Ambon spot allied TFs in Darwin harbor, a range of 15 hexes.
I'm not necessarily doubting Alfred though. He has more knowledge of this game in his pinky toe than I have in total, so I'm thinking there's something lost in translation here. Maybe he meant beyond 12 hexes they operate at reduced effectiveness and are less likely to spot TFs than at ranges less than 12 hexes.
The full quote of what I posted to StK's query elsewhere was:
Recon planes conducting a "recon mission" engage in a point to point activity. Range therefore does not deteriorate their effectiveness.
Patrol planes (includes float planes and bombers) conducting a "naval search" mission are engaged in an area activity. For them there is a negative corelation between distance and effectiveness. From an efficiency POV, there is very limited value in placing to search out for more than 12 hexes.
Note that aircraft conducting an "ASW mission" (another area activity) the range of the plane is halved.
It does not say that a TF will not be spotted at a distance of more than 12 hexes but rather that beyond that point there is a very definite law of diminishing returns which makes it very inefficient once one takes into account the costs associated with searching.
Also read page 217 of the manual which states that beyond 300 miles (ie 8 hexes) TFs are less likely to be spotted by aircraft conducting a naval search mission.
Exactly as I suspected. Something got lost in translation between StK and Alfred.
So, it is possible to spot beyond 12 hexes, but as distance increases, probability of detection is going to drop off exponentially. This is exactly what you should expect - area of a circle, radius squared and all that.
In those cases where my planes spotted the enemy TFs, I had gobs of aircraft searching, so I was bound to spot something, as long as it was out there.