From: Winnipeg, MB
If that didn't answer it for you, please include a screenshot. In this case the Akagi has 86 planes counted plus there are an additional three that aren't counted. The reserve planes don't count so long as the total does not exceed 115% of capacity, which for Akagi would be 93 planes.
In addition to plane count, a CV can only have five squadrons or portions thereof aboard and still carry out air ops. Exceed that and your CV is a fancy airplane ferry.
If you lose some carriers during an air battle and the orphaned squadrons start landing on your other carriers, overstacking them you can:
- disband the excess number of squadrons and absorb the planes and pilots into your existing squadrons if the carrier can handle the aircraft numbers. I.E. the disbanded aircraft replace losses from the CV's own squadrons.
- if flight ops are possible, move close enough to one of your bases to transfer excess aircraft there by flying them off
- if flight ops are not possible and you can't absorb the numbers aboard, disband the orphans and lose the aircraft but not the pilots (planes pushed over the side). Pilots will go back to the pilot reserve pool.
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