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RE: Aircraft range and combat radius - 8/1/2019 1:58:10 AM   
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Going back to the Navy Departments Bureau of Aeronautics data, they give the PBJ-1J (a late model B-25) an operating range of almost 1700 nm with a reduced bomb load and a 215 gallon bomb-bay tank. So with the 40% fair weather combat radius you get 680 nm combat radius, the magic 17 hexes to Paramushiro.

Again, I'll restate the simulation vs. game caveat. This seems to offer the Allies an opportunity to mount at least nuisance raids that could distract or tie down forces that stock AE doesn't replicate. Historically, they took place and that's enough for the modder who is looking to try and closely replicate what happened. However, how that influences as big and complicated an engine as a full bore AE game another matter.

FYI: I've been looking at the F4F and F6F data and coming up with range reductions vs. stock without drop tanks. So source reference data can be a two edged sword. A big part of that is that range formula that the Navy used presumed a 20 minute combat interval at military power.

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