What does the F in F-14 stand for?

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    Function.

    Rich.
     
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    Fighter??? I am only guessing as all or most fighters in the U.S Military these days begin with F and Bombers begin with B. Shame though the F-14 was retired back in February and the ceremony last flight was last month.
     
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    Correct. And "A" stands for "Attack". As in F/A-18 or A-10.
     
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    So it's not Freedom then?
    I'm astonished because that's what the USAF uses them for, is it not? ;) :p
     
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    Well it was originally French but some moron switched it to Freedom back when the war started.
     
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    You mean phallus? ;)
     
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    There's no F in the correct spelling.

    No fun!!!!!

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    I thought you were trying to say fallacy!
     
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    The UK has similar lettering.
    MR - maritime reconisance
    T - trainer
    F - fighter
    etc

    I am part of the air cadets so need to learn them. It is good fun and i get to fly for free. Its great
     
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    My Dad was a fighter pilot (USAF and RAAF) back in the 80s. He liked his F/A18, LOOOOVED the F-15 he flew in the states but has never had anything all that positive to say about the F-14.

    Another handy hint, never watch Top Gun with an ex-fighter pilot, especially one who was the top instructor towards the end of his Air Force career. It's like watching a medical drama with a doctor - paaaiinful.
     
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    Nice. I've watched it with a future pilot that is about to start training and at cadets but that is fine among ex pilots as it is American planes not british
     
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    F (F-14, F-15, F-16, etc.) = Fighter
    A (A-10, A-7, etc.) = Attack
    B (B-1, B-2, B-52, etc.) = Bomber
    C (C-130, C-5, etc.) = Cargo
    OV (OV-10, etc.) = Observation
    SR (SR-71, etc.) = Surveillance/Reconnaissance
    U (U-2, etc.) = "Utility" (which is code for "it's a secret")
    X (X-15, X-1, etc.) = Experimental

    And then there'd be combinations, like the ill-fated XB-70 "Valkyrie" bomber (an experimental Mach 3 bomber).

    I agree about Top Gun... I saw it with my Dad (who was an Air Force fighter pilot) and he found a TON of issues in that movie... "negative 4 G inverted dive" my ass. It'd rip the wings off the plane if you did that.
     
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    Next time a 'fighter pilot buddy' or a fighter nerd moans over the movie say "It's a MOVIE nerdass". If I can laugh at Under Siege then pilots can laugh at Top Gun. It's the same thing as computer nerds complaining that scenes in movies are never 'real' but then it would be terminally boring if it was.

    Oh, and it stands for Fred.
     
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    Falice? Who the F is Falice?
     
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    What about the V-22 Osprey [or are they still calling it that]?

    V for ... Vertical? Variable?
     
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    Could be either one of those. The V series also included a NASA experiment back in the 1970s/1980s (the XV-15) which was a tilt-rotor predecessor to the V-22.

    Love the "who the eff is Alice" reference, BTW...
     
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    SR-71 was sooo coool :cool:

    SR also meaning Speed Rapide :D
     
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    Only in the air, leaked like a sieve on the ground. The ground wasn't it's domain though. :D
     
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    102 Mistakes in Top Gun

    I only got to about 33 of this list, but the number of times they used the blue dummy missiles in that film is, I expect, enough to get any fighter pilot cursing it. :)
     

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