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2017-11-20

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AIRCRAFTS  CATEGORIES,  GENRES  &  AVAILABILITY

 
  The story which didn't happen ... outside Atlantic Air Combat  

INTRODUCTION

Atlantic Air Combat™ aircrafts fall into various categories according to their main role.  This categorization is arbitrary as a fighter donned with a photo-reconnaissance pod de facto becomes a "Recce" aircraft without necessarily being mentioned in that particular category.  Also, aircraft might rightfully belong to further sub-categories (attack, interceptor, ...)  not necessarily identified as such in the game.

Then, whichever role/category, an aircraft may belong to a or several "genres".  For instance, military transport aircrafts are regrouped in category but one could be a WWII vintage, a seaplane or an helicopter or several of these genres at the same time.

These categories and genres may be the subject of specific Notes.

A table below attempts at anwering the question "...do a category contains aircrafts of different genres ?..."  or highlights compatibilities between categories and genres on the one hand, and genres between themselves on the other hand.

Definitions and Abbreviations Top  -  Introduction  -  Definitions  -  Categories  -  Genres  -  Compatibilities  -  Availability
Combat aircrafts

Armed aircrafts involved into air-to-air, air-to-surface, or air-to-sub-surface warfare.

Non-combat aircrafts

Unarmed aircrafts used for transport, liaison or ... fun

Combat flying/mission

The core of the game - self explanatory.  A combat mission may involve the use of unarmed aircrafts

Non-combat mission

Not all missions involve combat - may be peformed by "armed" aircrafts

Non-combat flying

Synonym of free flight - the possibility to just use any aircraft available over a chosen scenery

Training missions Non combat mission part of the training syllabus.  Weapons are available against mock targets
Armament Weapons contained by or added to an aircraft - includes non-destructive "ammunitions"
Ammunitions Items released by an aircraft in orther to reach a chosen target
destructive ammos : bullets, shells, rockets, bombs, missiles, torpedoes, depth charges, ...
non-destructive ammos : sonobuoys, liferafts and by association photo-frames
Cargo Whatever is carried by a transport aircraft :
People : passengers, soldiers, casualties or paratroopers (the latter to be dropped in flight)
Supplies : pallets (may be dropped in flight)
Carrier capable aircrafts

Aircrafts able to operate from an aircraft carrier (not necessarily carrier based)

Light aircrafts

Light aircrafts used for liaison and leisure flights.  Single engined light aircrafts have a combat capacity

Reconnaissance

Called Recce or Recon : carried out by fighter (FR) or bomber (BR) airframe dedicated to photo reconnaissance or by other combat aircrafts donned with the appropriate equipment

Prototypes

A notion rather than a category or a genre : prototypes are aircrafts available in small numbers.

Air-to-air warfare

Combat between aircrafts

Air-to-surface warfare

Combat between aircrafts and surface targets (either on the ground or at sea)

Anti-Submarine warfare

Combat between aircrafts and sub-surface maritime targets

Anti-Ship warfare

Combat between aircrafts and surface maritime targets

Airborne Early Warning

Airborne radars performing mobile surveillance and providing mobile air trafic control & direction

Air trafic control

Fixed radar installation at bases/airports  providing air trafic control & direction

CATEGORIES Top  -  Introduction  -  Definitions  -  Categories  -  Genres  -  Compatibilities  -  Availability
TR Trainers

Two-seat aircrafts designed for training or type conversion.  All trainers handle weapons and are thus combat capable.  While not identifed as AAC categories there could be :
- Basic and advanced trainers
- Training fighters

FF Fighters

Single or two-seat combat aircrafts involved in air-to-air and air-to-surface warfare.  While not identified as AAC categories there could be :
- Figthers - Multipurpose
- Figthers - Interceptor
- Figthers - Attack

FR

Single or two-seat combat aircrafts dedicated to photo reconnaissance

BB Bombers

Multiple crew heavy combat aircrafts mainly (but not exclusively) carrying free-fall bombs in bomb bays

BR

Multiple crew heavy combat aircrafts dedicated to photo reconnaissance

Multiple crew aircrafts involved in anti-submarine warfare
aircrafts may act as bombers or air-to-surface attack aircrafts
aircrafts ALL have a secondary search-and-rescue role

TT Transport (notional)

Unarmed aircrafts, military or civilian, transporting people or supplies.  Three transport categories :
Military transport; some may drop their cargo in flight (parachuted pallets or para-troopers)
Airliners tranrsport
In-flight refueling tankers - see : further below

Liaison/Utility

Small aircrafts used for liaison purposes (flying from A to B) and for non combat leisure flying.  Any aircraft may naturally used for liaison purposes.  While not separate categories, aircrafts include :
Light aviation aircrafts
Gliders

Experimental

Non-combat, high performance prototype machines.  Includes two sub-categories :
Experimental aircrafts
Spacecrafts & Space Stations[³]

Plane Guard/Rescue
AI driven aircrafts exclusively  - will provide in-game rescue for crew bailing out of their aircrafts
- mainly helicopters, but not exclusively
Aerial Refueling Tankers
AI driven aircrafts exclusively  - will provide in-flight refueling (also identifed as )
Airborne Early Warning
AI driven aircrafts exclusively  - will provide in-flight radar coverage and directions
GENRES Top  -  Introduction  -  Definitions  -  Categories  -  Genres  -  Compatibilities  -  Availability

Aicrafts within the above categories may belong to one the following genres or a combination thereof :
Land based aircrafts

Mainstream genre if any

Carrier based aircrafts

Aircrafts operating from an aircraft carrier.
Land based aircrafts equipped with an arresting hook may attempt a landing....
All single engine light aircrafts are de facto carrier capable [CC]
All helicopters are de facto carrier capable [CC]

Sea based aircrafts

Seaplanes and amphibious aircrafts

Jet powered aircrafts

Mainstream genre if any; includes turboprop engined aircrafts

Vintage

Mainly WWII vintage, should all be considered as piston-engined

Light Aviation

The concept covers light aircrafts, including gliders.  Light aircrafts are combat capable

Gliders

Not a "genre" in itself, but leisure single or two-seat aircrafts for non combat leisure flying

Helicopters

May fulfill a variety of roles, except air-to-air and air-to-surface combat roles

Vertical Takeoff/Landing

Jet aircrafts behaving like helicopters

Airships

Not scheduled in Atlantic Air Combat at this moment.  If ever, as airliners only.

Compatibilities Top  -  Introduction  -  Definitions  -  Categories  -  Genres  -  Compatibilities  -  Availability
 Categories  Compatibility CB Jet W2 SB LA HH VTOL
10.100  Trainers  -
10.101  Fighters  -
10.102  Fighters-Recce  -
10.103  Bombers  Bomb loads
10.104  Bombers-Recce  -
10.105  ASW/SAR  -
10.106  Transport-Military  -
10.107  Transport-Airliners  AAC airliners
10.108  Liaison/Utility  -
10.109  Experimental  -
10.307   Plane Guard/Rescue³  -
10.308   Aerial Tankers³  -
10.309   Airborne Early Warning³  -
 Genres[²]  Compatibility Trainers Fighters Bombers ASW Transport Liaison XP
-  Carrier Compatible  -
-  Jet Aircrafts  -
10.201  Vintage aircrafts  -
10.202  Seaplanes & Amphibious  -
10.203  Light Aviation¹  Light aircrafts
10.204  Helicopters  -
10.205  VTOL aircrafts  -
 Genres/Notions  Compatibility CC Jet W2 SB LA HH VTOL
-  Carrier Compatible  - -
-  Jet Aircrafts  - -
10.201  Vintage aircrafts  - -
10.202  Seaplanes & Amphibious  - -
10.203  Light Aviation¹  Light aircrafts -
10.204  Helicopters  - -
10.205  VTOL aircrafts  - -
    : yes   : no  - : no comment      

[¹] : light aircrafts have a secondary combat role (air-to-ground)
[²] : airships are presumably absent from AAC - if ever, it would only be in the "Transport-Airliners" category
[³] : Game AI driven aircrafts exlusively

AVAILABILITY Top  -  Introduction  -  Definitions  -  Categories  -  Genres  -  Compatibilities  -  Availability

Not all aircrafts are available from the start of the game.  There are four level of availability :

DEF

Default

Aircrafts available by default from the start of the game :

Producton aircrafts of the 1940s and 1950s unless mentioned in Acquire or Prize.

ACQ

Acquire

May be acquired when budget levels are reached through game successes :

Mach 2 combat aircrafts or equivalent

Improved peformances aircrafts as compared to their default equivalent

Aircraft which didn't see production but in Atlantic Air Combat™

Aircrafts withdrawn from use before 1963, but not in Atlantic Air Combat™
Fantasy aircrafts or non-historical aircrafts with a selected Operator/Group of Nations

PRZ

Prize

Aircrafts obtained when reaching a given skills level or meeting mission-related conditions :

Prototypes : aircraft which didn't see production, not even in Atlantic Air Combat™...

Experimental aircrafts (high peformance machines)

NAV

Not available

Aircrafts not available as they are exclusively handled by the game AI  :

aircrafts, but these merely are variants of aircrafts otherwise available as transport

aircrafts, but these merely are variants of aircrafts otherwise available in various categories

aircrafts, but these merely are variants of aircrafts otherwise available as transports or bombers.

 
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