GIB Guy in Back
RIO Radar Intercept Officer
WSO Weapons Systems Officer
FOD Foreign Object Damage can also mean Foreign Objects and Debris
SLUF Short Little Ugly Fella usually refers to the A-7 Corsair.
MAD Magnetic Anomaly Detector
There's a few terms that I'd like to mention.
Bingo Having the minimum fuel to reach base.
Blue Water Ops When the planes on an aircraft carrier have to land on the ship or in the water because they don't have enough fuel to reach a land
base even with shipboard tanker support.
Oh, it's one of my favorite aircraft for the TF-39s alone. The sheer ability of even the distant sound of one of those monsters approaching to
trigger my ADD ruined my youth soccer game many a time indeed.
a reply to: Barnalby
In 1987-88 I built the wing flaps for the C-5 re-wing project. Did 35 out of 51 ship sets.
I was working at a small airport in Western Pennsylvania in 1990. While they were ramping up for Desert Storm the local C-130 outfit started
practicing instrument approaches at our airport. The phone started ringing off the hook with people wanting to know what was going on? One woman
told me that the shadow of the C-130 darkened her whole house. I told her "That was one of the little ones." and then she slammed the phone in my
ear. At that time I just wanted a C-5 to do a missed approach, thinking what would she do when her house went dark for 15 to 20 seconds.
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