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Wedge598
05-03-2007, 06:29 AM
I'm working my way through my first PTO campaign (Iwo Jima). So far things are going ok. I'm on my forth fighter mission as a Lt. and have been having a good time. But a couple things stil elude me.

1) Often I get a mission complete message as soon as I arrive at the mission waypoint. Since I haven't done anything yet I figure it's a glitch and I fight until I start hearing the report to base commands on the radio. Problem is, I still can't figure out when they are talking to me. When I'm leading I'm obviously number One but often times there is a second squad out there with a number One too. How can I tell when they are talking to me?

2) On a bombing mission when you are intercepted by fighters what's the best course of action? I sent one of the squads after the fighters while my wingman and I finished the bombing run. But it seemed like when I ordered the others to engage the fighters they immediately shed their bombs. Which makes sense as dogfighting with them would be tough. But this obviously impacts the ability of our group to complete the primary mission. Is it better to order the bomb attack and hope we can complete it before getting shot down?

3) While on route to the mission target area I often hear some radio reports of heading and altitude but clearly they aren't referring to me because I'm often heading a different direction. Is this the other squads just reporting when they reach a waypoint?

Wedge598
05-03-2007, 06:29 AM
I'm working my way through my first PTO campaign (Iwo Jima). So far things are going ok. I'm on my forth fighter mission as a Lt. and have been having a good time. But a couple things stil elude me.

1) Often I get a mission complete message as soon as I arrive at the mission waypoint. Since I haven't done anything yet I figure it's a glitch and I fight until I start hearing the report to base commands on the radio. Problem is, I still can't figure out when they are talking to me. When I'm leading I'm obviously number One but often times there is a second squad out there with a number One too. How can I tell when they are talking to me?

2) On a bombing mission when you are intercepted by fighters what's the best course of action? I sent one of the squads after the fighters while my wingman and I finished the bombing run. But it seemed like when I ordered the others to engage the fighters they immediately shed their bombs. Which makes sense as dogfighting with them would be tough. But this obviously impacts the ability of our group to complete the primary mission. Is it better to order the bomb attack and hope we can complete it before getting shot down?

3) While on route to the mission target area I often hear some radio reports of heading and altitude but clearly they aren't referring to me because I'm often heading a different direction. Is this the other squads just reporting when they reach a waypoint?

horseback
05-03-2007, 09:48 AM
1. Mission Complete message just tells you that you've met your mission requirements, and you can Escape and get credit for the mission if you're in friendly territory. Do it in enemy territory and you may be ˜captured' and have to hit Refly. I usually follow through on the mission anyway. There a limited number of voices used to record the various radio messages in each language, so there really isn't any way to tell if they're talking to you if there's another Number One (or Five, if you're leading the second flight) on the mission other than context.

2. If you're on a bombing mission, and you don't have a fighter escort or a second flight to engage the bad guys, you MUST drop your ordnance to be able to fight. The ability to safely maneuver while carrying droptanks, rocketpods, and bombs is a very recent development, certainly post-Vietnam era. If you assign some of your guys to fight off the enemy fighters, they will have to drop their payloads. If you think you can all make it to the target without the enemy planes catching your last couple of guys, paste it and then fight, give it a shot. It's a judgment call.

3. What you're hearing is the other flight leads instructing their flights for changes in course and altitude at each waypoint. You don't get that because you're the leader, and your ai wingmen are following your lead.

cheers

horseback