Correct. And "A" stands for "Attack". As in F/A-18 or A-10.quagmire said: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.
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 britishChundles said: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.
What about the V-22 Osprey [or are they still calling it that]?clayj said: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
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.mooncaine said:What about the V-22 Osprey [or are they still calling it that]?
V for ... Vertical? Variable?
clayj said: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.