From: Winnipeg, MB
ORIGINAL: Chris H
But what about a seaplane tender? To act as a seaplane base does the tender have to be in a TF or just present in the base? Also can it be a seaplane base in a non-base hex, and if so does it stay in a TF which remains on station?
Just present. FP/patrols do not have to be based on the AV. An AV can be anywhere even in the middle of the Pacific but, and I'm guessing as I've never thought about it before, it can only support FP that can fit on it. Many people find an isolated dot base and park a disbanded AV, flying in patrol a/c to operate from the dot base. Supply is required on the AV to maintain ops unless it is also at a base with it's own supply.
Actually I have a case where an AV, supply loaded and disbanded (in a dot location) isn't seemingly able to serve an Emily 4E hydroplane unit...
Actually is weird, the hydros "refused" to fly any mission for a long long time, even though none of them showed signed of damage/maintenance need, until based somewhere else.
I was very puzzled and could not find an explanation to this yet, rather than the AV was not able to serve this big plane...that sounds weird though...
Any explanation please?
I am unsure if you are distinguishing between Float (pontoon) Planes and Patrol (flying boat) planes. The Japanese AVs might only be able to carry/operate FP types as opposed to gigantic 4E aircraft like the Emily and Mavis. They should be able to support the big patrol aircraft while in a port.
On the other issue about whether a seaplane draws from an AV or the base, I suggest that either the presence of an airfield and wheels on some seaplanes (true amphib capability - means they can taxi up a ramp onto land) or auto-replenishment of tenders that affects what your are seeing in AV or base supply usage.
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