There is a coded limit, according to the 2.10 release notes, that chutes will
not open if baling below 400 feet, to compensate for the almost instant
inflation of the silk in the sim.
Furthermore, we researched the stats on RAF fighters hit in Aug 1940, though
we were discussing two different things - the number of AI bale outs, and
the survival rate of player bale outs. With the former, I think we more or less
disregarded those riding down their aircraft to ditch, and of the ~25% of
pilots who survived according to the stats, we were shooting for at least that
many to bale, with some subsequent fraction of chute failures. But as Buddye
"The pilot bail out numbers are so very random. Sometime very low sometime
in the 50% range as it is layers of random outcomes that get involved. Direct
tuning is very hard and almost impossible to get a wanted percentage."
I cannot remember what was settled on for the latter, and I can't find it right
now. I 'm sure, though that we didn't settle on a 75% failure rate, so I would
guess you were just unlucky. Anyway, here is a section of the discussion:
"Combining the numbers (not percentages) for bomber and fighter downing,
we get 26/101 surviving, or 26%.
"The stats don't reveal how many pilots might have baled but not survived, nor
how many survived by ditching, so we're still somewhat in the dark. I believe it
is correct that those surviving by ditching is non-zero, but with these numbers
the percentage of those who attempted baling and did not survive could easily
exceed those who did."
"It appears that someone with lots of time and ambition might be able to dig out
the exact fate of many of the 115 losses in August at this site http://www.the-battle-of-britain.co.uk/Diary/August.htm
and tally the ditchings, crash landings and bale outs. A quick survey of a few days
reveals survivors doing some of each. Also several mentions of surviving a bale out
but with severe injuries, or subsequent drowning, but "baled out but failed to survive"
doesn't reveal if it was burns or chute failure or a bad landing."