Sun, Mar 25, 2007
Aero-Terms are designed to be a daily reminder of the terms,
names, acronyms and explanations of the unique language that
populates the aviation world. Aerospace, sport aviation, fixed
wing, helo, you name it... it's all fair game.
Aero-Terms should serve as a quick but intriguing reminder of
the terms you may use every day, or an introduction to an aspects
of the Aero-World you may not yet be familiar with. ANN also
encourages readers to go beyond the FMI link, and further research
any intriguing terms.
Suggestions for future Aero-Terms are
ALWAYS welcome, as are additions or discussion of the
explanations given for each Aero-Term.
Ever wonder how those military planes got those abbreviations?
An abbreviation is given to all aircraft to specify its particular
role. The common structure is: F-14D Tomcat, where, the F is the
aircraft type (fighter), the 14 is the number assigned to the
aircraft (the F-14 was built before the F-15 and -16, etc.), The D
after the 14 is the version of the aircraft, and Tomcat is the
aircraft's name. This is the Tri-service System of abbreviations,
used for all planes built after 1962 (Before then, each service
used their own letters, though it caused confusion. For example, T
meant trainer in the Army but Torpedo in the Navy.) Aha, it all
makes sense now.
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