From: Jacksonville, FL, USA
thanks for making this scenario, however, routing per mission planner seems to be borked. Also, it's not entirely clear if having the tankers as part of the targeting missions is working? I've gotten is so that I can get the tasked missions to route properly, but only after the F-111's are in route and then it gets weird with routing going back on itself. I'm having a heck of time to get the route planner to properly route based on targeting information, maybe I'm doing something incorrectly.
If I plan from the outset (single tasking missions with tankers), the F-111's and accompanying tankers don't route and just loiter above the airbases, period. If I setup the routes as support and then bunch them into the four planned waypoints, it kinda works, but then I got to setup targeting information for the bombers and it routes from England???? which totally screws up the inbound bombing runs. Am I missing something here?
Unfortunately I don't have time to play test it again, and this one takes a lot of time due to the amount of micromanaging you have to do (and that isn't a criticism of the scenario this was one of the most complex missions of the Cold War Period). What I did for the transit was create "Support Missions" with Parallel tracks going through the Straits to off northern Tunisia. On each "Track" I assigned 1-2 KC-135s, 1-2 KC-10, 2-3 F-111s and 0-1 EF-111 (more or less). That way each Mission had dedicated tankers and it made sorting the refueling soooooooooo much easier. As I recall I think I set up 6 support missions. One word of warning when tanking make sure everyone drops to about 350 knots or things get really strung out. You'll find you spend a lot of time managing air speed!!!! Dont worry about targeting until you get off of Tunisia! Use a support mission to get you in range and then "Shift+F1" to set you targets. Also watch altitude on ingress the aircraft seem to ant to pop up (its an A/I thing not the scenario).
< Message edited by BeirutDude -- 5/17/2020 12:58:05 PM >
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