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  1. Crazy

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    today. Found out what the designations for American fighters mean:

     
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    cool :D i already knew about the pursuit bit but i didnt know about the other stuff :D
     
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    I knew all of that but, what can I say? I remember you had to get told what the P means by LG.
    Just to add to the list for production designations; RE, Republic Farmingdale; RA, Republic Evansville; CU, Curtiss-Wright at Buffalo.
     
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    LO- Lockheed, Burbank
    VN- Vega, Nashville

    You mine find this interesting as well. American engines were designated by a letter and then a series of numbers (V-1710, R-2800, etc.). The letter designated the type of engine (V for inline 'vee' engine, R for radial) and the numbers were the capacity of the engine in cubic engines.
     
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    wow, is this some form of american unit, engines within engines...............
     
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    the lancaster kicks ass Active Member

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    now that's what you call spam................
     
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    no, i only just noticed the typo and thought it extremely funny :lol: :lol:
     
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    Cubic inches. They sound similar so (as crummy as it is) that's my excuse.
     
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    :lol:

    it's better than anything C.C. could come up with....................
     
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    im fine with that cos any insult to me is an insult to you too, you are the inferior of the two of us after all :D
     
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    back on topic, i gonna hint as guess that the "B" as in "B-52" "B-36" means bomber??
     
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    Thanks for telling us that, Lanc.

    I'll probably get some of these wrong but; P is Pursuit, F is Fighter, B is Bomber, A is Attack, PR is Photo-Recce, AEW is Airborne Early Warning, AWACS is Airborne Warning and Control System...I know the last two were modern.
    I've missed some there...the F could get confusing because in World War 2 the Americans didn't have F for fighter, they had the F-5 which was a recce Lightning but I don't know what the F stands for on that... :oops:
     
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    I'm not sure that it stood for anything. There were also F- models of the A-20, the P-51, and I believe the B-24 but I don't remember exactly what the designations were.
     
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    They had the F-51 after the war when they changed to F instead of P. There were F-51s in Korea.
     
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    During the war, the F-3 was the recon version of the A-20, F-4 and F-5 were versions of the P-38, the F-6 was from the P-51, and the F-7 from the B-24. At least I think that is correct.
     
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    F was for Foto

    The recon version of the B-29 was the F-13A
     
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    Here is my incomplete list. These are fairly standard, although the Navy and the AF uses different designations for some aircraft. This is not a complete list:
    A is for attack
    AT is for advance trainer (AT-6).
    B is for Bomber
    C is for Cargo.
    D is typically for drone tugs or carriers (DB-36)
    E is for electronic (EA-6)
    F is for fighter
    G is mostly for gliders
    H is for Helicopter (AH-64, attack helicopter)
    J is typically a Navy designation for utility transport
    K is for tanker aircraft (KC-135)
    L is for Liaison (L-5 Bird dog)
    M is sometimes used for medical, sometimes for clandestine operations
    N is the Navy deignator for trainer (SNJ=AT-6)
    O is for observation (OV-10 Bronco)
    P is for pursuit
    Q is for unmanned vehicles (Q-1 Predator)
    R is for Reconnaissance
    S is for scout (SB-2C=Scout/Bomber)
    T is for trainer (T-38 Talon)
    U is for Utility (U-7 Seneca, typically a cargo aircraft. U2 is an exception)
    V is typically for VIP transport (VC-135)
    W is for Weather recon (WC-130)
    X is for experimental, as in XB-70, experimental bomber.
    Y is for prototype.


    The SR71 is a misnomer. It was originall called the XR-71, and someone mispronounced it (I think it was a president) and it stuck.
     
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