what about the wc1-2 era, is there any information on squadrons during that era?
the midway has a complement of 252... and has 3 squadrons in the end of the game. if you dived that by 3...
Bandit LOAF said:Wing Commander Prophecy (incorrectly) inverted the word 'wing' and 'squadron' in its FMV segments. The Midway's fighter complement consists of three fighter wings with eighty four fighters each. These wings are made up of several smaller squadrons, which probably consist of between twelve and sixteen fighters each.
So actually, Maniac was the Wing Commander of the Black Widow "wing", and Drake was the Boss of the 3 wing commanders
Man, at 16 fighters, the Midway would have something like 15 squadrons. Maybe for a larger carrier they would have larger squadrons.
Also, I am pretty sure a wing is usually referenced as the carrier's entire compliment.
If they do use the old naval practices for squadron/wing designations(although there's no reason they shouldn't, a lot can change over that length of time), the Midway would have a fairly large amount of squadrons... we only hear of three squadrons doing all the work, however. Confusing. I mean, I could see Marshall being stuck in charge of 15 pilots, on merit of experience alone, but 84 pilots? You may as well load those pilots into cap-missles, because they'd all be dead. (although, we do see Maniac finally starting to become a responsible leader in WCP...)
Not to mention we see no other squadrons, and about 45 pilots total... where are the other pilots/ships? Are there just extra fighters kept in repair/storage until needed for a particular mission? (which would make a bit of sense, but I doubt they'd have 250+ fighters for 45 pilots.) If the extra pilots existed, why the heck don't we see them on Midway scrambles? (generally, I'd think a scramble in emergency would spew forth as many fighters as possible.) They'd need specialized pilots for specialized jobs. Bomber pilots don't often fly fighters, they are trained just to go in, bomb, and get out. Fighter pilots aren't really taught the complexity of a bomber. (then again, it could be explained away by saying that the coming years would have simpler fighters, ones even a trained chimp could fly... we are talking about space here. Falling out of the sky because you're used to a F16 and flying a C130 wouldn't be an issue really.)