If you've ever hung out with military aviators (or watched movies like "Top Gun" or "Iron Eagle") you know they tend to use a lot of strange lingo when they talk, even when they're out of the cockpit. Trying to hold a conversation with them can be tough -- until now. WATM presents this handy list of fighter speak that will help keep that social interaction going, which is important because fighter guys have a lot of wisdom to put out and it would be a shame if it got lost in translation.
So here's the gouge . . . er, here you go:
U.S. Navy photo by Lt. Greg Linderman
Altitude in thousand of feet. ("Angels 3" is 3,000 feet.)
Altitude in hundreds of feet. ("Cherubs 3" is 300 feet.)
An air-to-air right side view of a Soviet MiG-31 Foxhound aircraft.
A known bad guy.
Alexandre Fernandes da Silva, YouTube
"The Funky Chicken" is what aviators call the involuntary movements that happen during G-LOC.