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Fighter Pilot Slang R-Z (US Navy Version)

Posted by rowdy on November 11, 2013

The last of the kickass fighter pilot slang list.  R-Z today.  A-F, G-J and L-P can be seen on earlier entries.

USN F/A-18A Hornet Agustin Anaya

US Marine F/A-18A Hornet
Photo by Agustin Anaya

A RIO (a reference to Luke Skywalker’s robot backseater in the Star Wars movies).

Nickname for the A-4 Skyhawk.

Short for “blackshoes,” a derogatory term for nonflying personnel; aviators wear brown shoes.

Spank or Shpank

What one does to a lesser opponent in a dogfight.

Tits Machine
A good, righteous airplane. Current airplanes need not apply, this is a nostalgic term referring to birds gone by. By all accounts the F-8 Crusader was a tits machine.

Up on the Governor

When someone is about to have a tantrum (term comes from the device that keeps the engine from overspeeding

Varsity Play for the Deck
A skillful landing attempt.

Vulture’s Row
A viewing gallery on an aircraft carrier’s island where you can watch flight operations.

Technically a half-hour after midnight, but commonly used to describe any event that is scheduled to take place after midnight and before sunrise.

USN A-4E Skyhawk

USN A-4E Skyhawk
Photo by Unknown


Posted by WilliamThornton on
Gentlemen - FYI: your opening photo above of an F/A-18 Hornet is erroneously
credited as a Navy asset. If you'll notice the markings on the fuselage
(VMFA-141); that's a Marine Hornet.

Nothing changes. There's always that 10% that never get the Word.

El Coronel
Posted by StuM on
couple of additions to Navy vocabulary:
"2-Block" To break anything beyond repair
Comes from A/C landing fast and heavy on carrier, sending arresting gear piston through cylinder housing and 2 10x10 wooden blocks between cylinder and bulkhead.

"screw (oneself) into the overhead". Overhead is "ceiling" in shipboard spaces.

"Spun up" self explanatory.

Stu the Baghwan
Posted by rowdy on
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