Out of the 17 copies I have bought the only people who have stayed are the people who also fly fighters. I cant get the rest to play or buy more planes because they don't feel that the tail gunners are useful. The AI is bunk and gunning for someone is a lesson in patience because of the listed reasons. The bombers are just not fun to fly by yourself and if none of your friends want to gun for you then you are left with random strangers who tend to reenact scenes from Indiana Jones movies more than they help.
Flying a bomber is a community experience. That is why you had large warbirds, aces high and il2 bomber squads. They enjoyed flying and gunning for each other. A 2 hour flight is nothing when you have friends on TS to joke with but if you remove the gunners through a poor experience then you remove the bombers. That is just the nature of the beast. Many of these people dont like fighters and dont want to fly a plane with the AI gunners.
That is 6 people who wont play rise of flight and who wont buy the bombers or 2 seaters because of issues with the gunners. I have other keys (second amazon account, fspilotshop, and paypal so people can buy straight from rof.com) I bought as well and most of them feel the same way. I cant even get them to play a game I bought for them because the bomber experience is so poor and the only real complaint I hear is the abysmal gunner support. They dont want to fly alone and no one wants to gun so they dont even log into the game.
On the plus side the people who like fighters love the game and I can normally get them to fly 2 seaters and bombers or at least escort me.
If I knew 777 studios was willing to revisit the gunner model and I had a reasonable price I would be more than willing to donate money to get the gunner model changed. If I cant donate I could at least buy x amount of plane gifts or ice keys and give them out.
*maybe I am just being irrational about this and it isn't worth wasting time on. Personally I feel the gunner is a core feature that is broken and needs fixing. I also know of a lot of other people who feel the same way.