Warbirds: Alphabet

The American military love alphabet letters when comes the time to describe their equipment.  They use it everywhere !

For those with an interest, here is a short lexicon that will help you decode this alphabet soup and better identify the use of various American military aircraft ! 

To better understand the concept of American military aircraft designations, click-here !  Note than many of those below date back to WW2 and are no longer used.


Letter

Description

Letter

Description

A Attack JR Utility Transport
AC Airplane Cargo K - KC Aerial tanker
AH Attack-Helicopter L Liaison
AT Advanced Trainer LB Light-Bomber
AO Airplane Observation M Messenger
B Bomber N Trainer
BC Basic Combat NO Night-Observation
BF Bomber Fighter NBL Night Bombardment - Long range
BT Basic Trainer NBS Night Bombardment - Short range
C Transport (Cargo) O Observation
CO Corps Observation OQ Aerial Target
E Electronics Warfare P Pursuit
F Fighter P Patrol
FM Fighter Multiplace PB Patrol Bomber
H Helicopter PT Primary Trainer
HB Heavy-Bomber R Reconnaissance
HC Helicopter Cargo S Anti-Submarine
HJ Helicopter Utility SN Scout Trainer (Navy)
HN Helicopter Training T Trainer
HO Helicopter Observation TB Torpedo Bomber
HR Helicopter Transport U Utility
HS Helicopter Anti-Sub V V/STOL
HT Helicopter Training W Airborne Early Warning
HU Helicopter Utility X Research
J General Utility

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