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Old 02-28-2004, 03:52 PM   #1
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I'm trying to make a list of jets. Please post whats missing and what actually insn't a real plane.


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F-1H "Phantom"

F-5A "Freedom Fighter"
F-5B "Freedom Fighter"
F-5C "Freedom Fighter"
F-5D "Freedom Fighter"
F-5E "Tiger II"
F-5F "Tiger II"


F-4C "Phantom II"
F-4D "Phantom II"
F-4E "Phantom II"
F-4G "Wild Weasel"
RF-4C (Recce)
QF-4E (Drones)
QF-4G (Drones)


F-8A "Crusader"
F-8B "Crusader"
F-8C"Crusader"
F-8D "Crusader"
F-8E "Crusader"

F9F-8 "Cougar"
F9F-9 "Panther"

A-10 "Thunderbolt II" known as the "Warthog"

F-15A "Eagle"
F-15C "Eagle"
F-15C "Eagle"
F-15D "Eagle"
F-15E "Strike Eagle"

F-16A "Fighting Falcon" aka "Viper" or "The elecric jet"
F-16B "Fighting Falcon" aka "Viper" or "The elecric jet"
F-16C "Fighting Falcon" aka "Viper" or "The elecric jet"
F-16D "Fighting Falcon" aka "Viper" or "The elecric jet"

F-20 "Tiger Shark"

F-22A "Raptor"

F-35A "???????"
F-35B "???????"
F-35C "???????"

T-38 "Talon"

B-45 "Tornado"

F-80 (P-80) "Shooting Star"

F-84A "Thunderjet"
F-84B "Thunderjet"
F-84C "Thunderjet"
F-84D "Thunderjet"
F-84E "Thunderjet"
F-84F "Thunderstreak"
????? "Thunderscreach"
RF-84K"Thunderflash"

F-86 "Sabre"

F-89J "Scorpion"

F-100A "Super Sabre"
F-100B "Super Sabre"
F-100C "Super Sabre"
F-100D "Super Sabre"
F-100F "Super Sabre"

F-101A "Voodoo"
F-101B "Voodoo"

F-102A "Delta Dart"
F-102B "Delta Dart"

F-103(never built) "Thunderwarrior"




F-104A "Starfighter"
F-104B "Starfighter"
F-104C "Starfighter"
F-104D "Star Fighter"

F-105A "Thunderchief"
F-105B "Thunderchief"
F-105C "Thunderchief"
F-105D "Thunderchief"

CF-105 "Arrow" (Canadian) (never saw service)

F-106A "Delta Dager"

F-107 (never saw service) "Ultra Sabre"

F-108 "Rapier"

F-111A "Aardvark"
F-111B "Aardvark"
F-111C "Aardvark"
EF-111 "Raven"

F-117A "Nighthawk"


Bombers
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B-1A "Lancer"
B-1B "Lancer"

B-2A "Spirit"

B-47A "Stratojet"
B-47B "Stratojet"
B-47C "Stratojet"
B-47D "Stratojet"
B-47E "Stratojet"

B-52A "Stratofortress"
B-52B "Stratofortress"
B-52C "Stratofortress"
B-52D "Stratofortress"
B-52E "Stratofortress"
B-52F "Stratofortress"
B-52G "Stratofortress"
B-52H "Stratofortress"


B-57A "Canberra"

B-58A "Hustler"

B-66A "Destroyer"


Others/X-planes
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KC-10A "Extender"

{Time for the endless list of -135's :ekk:}
C-135A
C-135B
C-135B (TRIA-3 modified by douglas as range instrumentation aircraft with 96 inch parabolic dish in extended nose)
EC-135A


KC-135A "Startotanker"
KC-135E "Startotanker"
KC-135R "Startotanker"
JC-135A
NC-135A
NKC-135A
RV-135A

JKC-135A
{more to come}


XP-59 "Aerocobra"

XB-70A "Valkrie"

XF-85 "Goblin"

RB-66B "Destroyer"

X-29A

C-5A "Galaxy"
C-5B "Galaxy"
C-5C "Galaxy"

C-17A "Globemaster III"

C-141A "Starlifter"
C-141B "Starlifter"
C-151C "Starlifter"

U-2A "Dragon Lady"

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Man you Navy ones (THE BEST)
F-14A tomcat
F-14B Bombcat
F-14C/D Super Tomcats

and the

F/A-18a/b/c/d hornet
F/A-18E/F Super Hornet
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Sry you also forgot the A-10 Warthog and the Harreir Jump jet
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in no particular order

XP-59 Aerocobra
P-80/F-80 Shooting star
F9F-8 Cougar
A-12/YF-12/SR-71 Blackbird
XB-70A Valkrie
B-47 StratoJet
F-5/T-38 Talon
F-20 Tiger Shark
XF-85 Goblin
B-45 Tornado
B-2 Spirit
B-1 Lancer
F-89J Scorpian
RB-66B Destroyer
X-29
B-57 Canberra
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Its my own avatar and I forgot it. That was dumb.
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Forgot one, the F-107, ya know, the one with the intake mounted on top of the fuselage right behind the canopy.
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I'm trying to make a list of jets. Please post whats missing and what actually insn't a real plane.


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F-5 "Talon"

A-6

A-7


F-8A "Crusader"
F-8B "Crusader"
F-8C"Crusader"
F-8D "Crusader"
F-8E "Crusader"

A-10 "Warthog"

F-15A "Eagle"
F-15D "Eagle"

F-16A "Falcon"
F-16B "Falcon"
F-16C "Falcon"
F-16D "Falcon"

F-22A "Raptor"

F-35A "???????"
F-35B "???????"
F-35C "???????"


F-84A "Thunderjet"
F-84B "Thunderjet"
F-84C "Thunderjet"
F-84D "Thunderjet"
F-84E "Thunderjet"
F-84F "Thunderstreak"
????? "Thunderscreach"



F-86 "Sabre"

F-100A "Super Sabre"
F-100B "Super Sabre"
F-100C "Super Sabre"
F-100D "Super Sabre"
F-100F "Super Sabre"

F-101A "Vodoo"
F-101B "Vodoo"

F-102A "Delta Dart"
F-102B "Delta Dart"

F-103(never built)

F-104A "Star Fighter"
F-104B "Star Fighter"
F-104C "Star Fighter"
F-104D "Star Fighter"

F-105A "Thunder chief"
F-105B "Thunder chief"
F-105C "Thunder chief"
F-105D "Thunder chief"

F-106A "Delta Dager"

F-111A "Advark"
F-111B "Advark"
F-111C "Advark"

F-117 "Nighthalk"


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B-1A "Lancer"
B-1B "Lancer"

B-2 "spirit"

B-47 "Strato jet"

B-52 "Stratofortress"

B-57 "Canbera"

B-58 "Hustler"
Am I blind or do I miss the F-4?

Oh, btw, the F-5A-D "Freedom Fighter", the F-5E/F "Tiger"
The Talon is the T-38.
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Only the B-1B is the Lancer. The B-1A is the Excalibur.

Being a nitpicker, I noticed a lot of typos:

Scorpion, not Scorpian.

Delta Dagger, not Dager.

Voodoo, not Vodoo.

F-16's are the Fighting Falcon, not simply the Falcon.

A-7 is the Corsair II.

F-5E/F are Tiger II.

The A-10 is the Thunderbolt II, Warthog is only a VERY common nickname.

F-104's usually make it one word, Starfighter, not two. Same for F-105 Thunderchief, and B-47 Stratojet.

F-111 Aardvark. EF-111 Raven. F-117 Nighthawk. B-57 Canberra.

Don't forget the B-66 Destroyer. And F-15E Strike Eagle. (And the F-15B and C regular Eagles) F9F-9 Panther. (Swept wings=new name).

There is kind of an overall inconsistency---you list 4 or 5 variants of the same plane with the same name (Like the F-104 or F-84, yet other planes have just one "representative" listing, like the F-4, despite there being a LOT of F-4 variants. PS--F-4 Phantom II, the F-1H was the Phantom I.

PPS--- "F-110 Phantom II", since this a USAF listing.
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The A-10 is the Thunderbolt II, Warthog is only a VERY common nickname.

US Air Force changed this a couple of years ago to Warthog, finally bowing to the pressure from its pilots and interested civilians.
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The official name for the A-10/OA-10 is still Thunderbolt II. It was given in 1978 in honor of Fairchild Republic's other legendary bruiser, the P-47 Thunderbolt. But most pilots and units call the A-10 a Warthog or simply just Hog, but it's not officially recognized by the USAF. Technical documentation, etc, still uses "Thunderbolt II".
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I'm trying to make a list of jets. Please post whats missing and what actually insn't a real plane.


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F-84A "Thunderjet"
F-84B "Thunderjet"
F-84C "Thunderjet"
F-84D "Thunderjet"
F-84E "Thunderjet"
F-84F "Thunderstreak"
????? "Thunderscreach"
RF-84K "Thunderflash"
F-84F "Thunderstreak"
Unsure of "G" version but about RF-84K,
RF-84K"Thunderflash"
It is a SAC Reconnaissance plane flown as a drone to the B-36. This plane is at Wings Over the Rockies Museum at Lowry.

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AVROe Canada CF-105 "Arrow" nothing like F-105 but would be interesting. It was real but never saw service and was cut by Canadian Government.

KC-10's NATO name is "Extender"!
C-17's NATO name is "Globemaster III"!

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I'm trying to make a list of jets. Please post whats missing and what actually insn't a real plane.


Fighters
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F-1H "Phantom"

F-5A "Freedom Fighter"
F-5B "Freedom Fighter"
F-5C "Freedom Fighter"
F-5D "Freedom Fighter"
F-5E "Tiger II"
F-5F "Tiger II"

A-6

A-7

F-4A "Phantom II"

F-8A "Crusader"
F-8B "Crusader"
F-8C"Crusader"
F-8D "Crusader"
F-8E "Crusader"

F9F-8 "Cougar"
F9F-9 "Panther"

A-10 "Thunderbolt II" known as the "Warthog"

F-15A "Eagle"
F-15C "Eagle"
F-15C "Eagle"
F-15D "Eagle"
F-15E "Strike Eagle"

F-16A "Fighting Falcon"
F-16B "Fighting Falcon"
F-16C "Fighting Falcon"
F-16D "Fighting Falcon"

F-20 "Tiger Shark"

F-22A "Raptor"

F-35A "???????"
F-35B "???????"
F-35C "???????"

T-38 "Talon"

B-45 "Tornado"

F-80 (P-80) "Shooting Star"

F-84A "Thunderjet"
F-84B "Thunderjet"
F-84C "Thunderjet"
F-84D "Thunderjet"
F-84E "Thunderjet"
F-84F "Thunderstreak"
????? "Thunderscreach"
RF-84K"Thunderflash"

F-86 "Sabre"

F-89J "Scorpion"

F-100A "Super Sabre"
F-100B "Super Sabre"
F-100C "Super Sabre"
F-100D "Super Sabre"
F-100F "Super Sabre"

F-101A "Voodoo"
F-101B "Voodoo"

F-102A "Delta Dart"
F-102B "Delta Dart"

F-103(never built)

F-104A "Starfighter"
F-104B "Starfighter"
F-104C "Starfighter"
F-104D "Star Fighter"

F-105A "Thunderchief"
F-105B "Thunderchief"
F-105C "Thunderchief"
F-105D "Thunderchief"

F-106A "Delta Dager"

F-107

F-111A "Aardvark"
F-111B "Aardvark"
F-111C "Aardvark"
EF-111 "Raven"

F-117A "Nighthawk"


Bombers
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B-1A "Lancer"
B-1B "Lancer"

B-2 "Spirit"

B-47 "Stratojet"

B-52 "Stratofortress"

B-57 "Canberra"

B-58 "Hustler"

B-66 "Destroyer"



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KC-10 "?????"

KC-135 "Startotanker"

XP-59 "Aerocobra"

XB-70A "Valkrie"

XF-85 "Goblin"

RB-66B "Destroyer"

X-29

C-5 "Galaxy"

C-17

C-141 "Starlifter"
Concerning the Phantom II:
List should contain
F-4C/D/E
F-4G "Wild Weasel"
RF-4C (Recce)
QF-4E/G... (Drones)
etc.

And if you may like to include the F-4F-ICE - Flying under USAF tac.signs but belong to the German Luftwaffe (adv. pilot training).

Edit: how about some more trainers like the legendary T-33 (F-80 trainer version), T-43A etc. etc.

Concerning the B-52:
List should contain at least some of the more common versions:
B-52B/D/E/F/G/H
same for the C-130 and C-135:
Those are too many versions to list now (many dozens).
List should also contain the E-3/4/8 of all their versions...

Edit:
C-5A and C-5B
C-141A and C-141B
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What is the current (correct) official Air Force designator (name) for the U-2 Spy Plane?

I am surprised that nobody mentioned the very popular nickname for the B-1B Bomber “Bone” for some reason this name is one of my favorites.
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What is the current (correct) official Air Force designator (name) for the U-2 Spy Plane?
Originally, I think the nickname was "Angel"......

Now I believe it's "Dragon Lady"
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The U-2 had its genesis as Project Aquatone. I'm not so sure there's an official name per se for the U-2 though she's known as the "Dragon Lady" by some and the "Deuce" by her pilots.

As for the Blackbird, only the SR-71 held that name. The A-12 had no official name though its genesis was under Project Oxcart. The YF-12A didn't have an official name as well.

The SR-71's original project name for its development was Senior Crown.

Though not an Air Force aircraft, I should also point out that the F9F Panther had the straight wings (F9F-2 through F9F-5) while the Cougar had the swept wings (F9F-6 throught F9F-8).

The KC-10 is called the Extender (though nicknamed by her crews the "Gucci Tanker").

There are three versions of the C-5- A, B, C. There are only two C's and they're used for transport of large satellite payloads and NASA components.

There are also three versions of the C-141- A, B, and C. About 60 C-141Bs were upgraded to C-141C standards.

As for unbuilt Century series fighters:

The Republic F-103 was called the Thunderwarrior.
The North American F-107 was to be called the Ultra Sabre.
The North American F-108 was the Rapier
The F-109 was at first the two-seat version of the F-101 Voodoo which later became the F-101B. The F-109 was to be used for Bell's D188 tilt-nacelle VTOL fighter.
The F-110 was the original designation for the USAF version of the F-4, later became the F-4C. Some references say that it was to be called the Spectre.
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There are three versions of the C-5- A, B, C. There are only two C's and they're used for transport of large satellite payloads and NASA components.

There are also three versions of the C-141- A, B, and C. About 60 C-141Bs were upgraded to C-141C standards.

Uhh, I didn't know of the C's
Doc, could you give me a very brief info on what those upgrades were?
I guess it's mainly the replacement of Zuse-era computers and clocks with some more up-to-date stuff

BTW: What's the current status of the C-5 re-engine programm?
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The C-5 Galaxy fleet still has a tremendous amount of hours on them left. The estimated structural life of the C-5 is approximately 80000 hours- the high-time C-5A is only at 22000 hours and the high-time C-5B is only at 15000 hours. Some of the armed forces' equipment can ONLY be carried by the Galaxy.

The USAF is in the midst of two programs that will keep the Galaxy flying until 2040. While the structural life of the airframe is relatively young, reliability has always been the Achilles heel of the C-5. To address this, the first program, Avionics Modernization Program (AMP) which started in 1999 and adds TCAS in the first phase and when complete adds a digital flight-control system; a state-of-the-art communications and navigation system; an ARINC-standard data bus; and six color flat-panel displays. These will make the Galaxy compliant with ATC standards worldwide.

The second program is far more significant- Reliability Enhancement and Re-engining Program (RERP). This program I believe is on the verge of starting and replaces the Galaxy's TF39 engines with GE CF6-80C2 engines. These are not only supremely reliable in comparison to the old TF39s, they also will give the Galaxy a huge increase in max payload weight, range, speed, and noise reduction.

Also part of the RERP will be a new APU, structural enhancements, new engine pylons, and improvements to the anti-skid system as well as the climate/pressurization systems.

The C-5C is a specially modified Galaxy that has the aft upper deck troop compartment removed as well as modifications to the aft cargo doors to allow the loading of outsized cargo such as the modules to the International Space Station, for instance. I think even the Hubble Space Telescope was transported in a C-5C. The clearances are usually measured in inches and there are power receptacles that the payload container can be connected to if there are environmental parameters the payload has to be maintained under.

63 C-141Bs were upgraded to C-141C standard with includes a glass cockpit, an all-weather flight control system, GPS, and defensive avionics. The program ran from 1997-1999 and the 63 youngest airframes in terms of flight hours in the Starlifter fleet.
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The official name for the A-10/OA-10 is still Thunderbolt II. It was given in 1978 in honor of Fairchild Republic's other legendary bruiser, the P-47 Thunderbolt. But most pilots and units call the A-10 a Warthog or simply just Hog, but it's not officially recognized by the USAF. Technical documentation, etc, still uses "Thunderbolt II".
Can the same be said about the F-16 Fighting Falcon?? I know alot of people refer to it as the "Viper."
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Yup, applies to the F-16 as well. Official name is "Fighting Falcon" but everyone in the Air Force calls it the "Viper". The official name is that of the mascot of the USAF Academy. It was going to be Falcon, but there was concern about confusion with the Falcon missile but there had been some grumblings by Dassault which built the Falcon business jet that they might resort to litigation to stop the USAF from using the Falcon name. So "Fighting" got tagged on the front. But no one uses it and so far the French haven't sued yet.
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KC-10 Extender

C-17 Globemaster

A-6 Intruder

EA-6B Prowler

The F-4 Electronic Warfare version "Wild Weasel" (one of the coolest names out there)

F-14 Tomcat (and variants)

P-3 Orion

E-3 Sentry

E-2C Hawkeye
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Can the same be said about the F-16 Fighting Falcon?? I know alot of people refer to it as the "Viper."
Alot of people also call it the "Lawn Dart."
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Old 03-04-2004, 02:40 AM   #23
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The F-4 Electronic Warfare version "Wild Weasel" (one of the coolest names out there)
Actually the F-4G is still a Phantom II, but the mission is what's called Wild Weasel. The seek & destroy mission against SAM sites started with the F-100F, then the F-105G, then to the F-4G. All of them were called Wild Weasels, but it was a reference to the mission. Today the F-16CJ carries out that role in conjunction with other ELINT assets like the Rivet Joint.

Originally there were two missions- Wild Weasel which was the destruction of SAM sites, and Iron Hand, which was the suppression of missile radars and gun-laying radars. Suppression didn't necessarily entail destruction but as the Vietnam War progressed, the Wild Weasel mission came to encompass both roles.

Weasel trivia: The unofficial motto of Wild Weasel crews was "YGBSM" and it appeared on aircraft and patches.


It stands for "You Gotta Be Sh*ttin' Me!" which by legend was first uttered by the first Weasel crews when they were briefed on their mission at the start of the test/eval missions at Eglin AFB, Florida. Another less common motto is "WTFAID" - What The F*ck Am I Doing?"
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JP, is there anything about planes you do not know? That tidbit on the Wild Weasels really made me laugh...WTFAID?!
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A-12 is the Cygnus. Official? Maybe not. Lots of patches, logos, and insignias saying that's what it is? Yup.

PS--continental, this is the USAF thread. The Navy planes thread is a little lower down.

PPS--d*mn it, I *always* get the F-9 variants mixed up.
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Musta been the thread title, "List of Jets" that threw me off.
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How many Starlifters are left in service? We don't see them around these parts anymore since McChord switched to the Globemaster III.

Speaking of, what's with that name? You mean to tell me the best and brightest of MacDac's braintrust could only come up with a name that's been re-hashed not once, but twice ? I know, I know -- historic name, grand tradition, etc, etc. But that would be like naming the new 7E7 the B377 Stratocruiser. Or renaming the Lancer the Flying Fortress.

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A-12 is the Cygnus. Official? Maybe not. Lots of patches, logos, and insignias saying that's what it is? .
OK David, I'll bite: What is Cygnus?
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OK David, I'll bite: What is Cygnus?
Cygnus is a constellation. Lockheed used it, keeping a tradition of naming aircraft after heavenly bodies.
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Also, the shape kind of fits. Here's the "not often seen, not many made" A-12 Cygnus crew patch:

http://www.blackbirds.net/patch/patches/Cygnus.jpg

It's a swan, btw. Not a goose.
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