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Cleveland - Spotter plane?

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Noticed the Cleveland has the option to replace its surveillance radar with a Spotter Plane.

However, the spotter is only around for 100 seconds (1.5 minutes), then has a SIX minute cooldown. This seems like a no brainer, reliable radar that sees through smoke and islands and a has a mush shorter cooldown, or a plane that cant see through smoke, can be shot down, and can barely do one circuit of the ship before landing for an enormously long time. I thought all cruiser aircraft had a six minute flight time (but this is the first time I've had a spotter on a cruiser). What gives?

Seems the Cleveland should also have an option for a fighter as well, like most other cruisers. That would be closer to being worth trading the radar in for.

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Spotter does increase your firing range for that 100 seconds. I have tried both. Like the spotter better so far, as I haven't started poking around caps with mine yet, as there are Tier X DD's in there too. Had 921K XP in my old Cleveland, and I used to go into caps without much regret in the past.

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The only cruiser planes with a 6 minute flight time are the fighters, which don't aid you with gun range and long distance aiming like the spotter plane does.

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At least Cleve has an option to utilize its catapult.  IIRC they are for looks only on Seattle and Worcester. 

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