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User currently offlineUSAir330 From United States of America, joined Mar 2002, 822 posts, RR: 1
Posted (11 years 4 months 1 week 3 days 13 hours ago) and read 19208 times:

I realised that all Military aircraft in the U.S have letters. I assume B/F/C all stand for something. Example;

B1, B2, B52 (All Bombers)

F4, F14, F15, F16, F18 etc. (All fighters)

C5, C17, C130, etc. (All transports)

So my real question is, (since it doesn't fit in the topic box) If the Stealth fighter plays a bomber role and if what I assumed is right. Why is it called the F-117 instead of the B-117.

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User currently offlineDash 80 From United States of America, joined Nov 2001, 309 posts, RR: 2
Reply 1, posted (11 years 4 months 1 week 3 days 12 hours ago) and read 19169 times:

ding, ding, ding, ding, ding....Give that man a cigar!!

A Attack
B Bomber
C Cargo
D Drone
E Electronic
F Figher
G Glider
H Search and Rescue (SAR)
I [not used]
J Test - Temporary
K Tanker
L Polar
M Multi-Mission
N Test - Permanent
O Observation
P Patrol
Q Drone and Target
R Reconnaissance
S Anti-Submarine
T Trainer
U Utility
V VIP
W Weather
X Experimental
Y Prototype
Z Lighter-Than-Air


As for the F-117 issue, I have heard many variations on this debate including one from my father who worked on the Stealth Fighter team when it was a black op in the Nevada desert. Maybe someone else can better answer this question, though.



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User currently offlineJwenting From Netherlands, joined Apr 2001, 10213 posts, RR: 18
Reply 2, posted (11 years 4 months 1 week 3 days 11 hours ago) and read 19154 times:

The logical designation for the F-117 would be A-117 (not B, which is typically reserved for medium and heavy bombers).

AFAIK the A-10 was the last USAF model to receive the designation, the A-12 the last USN model (and that one was cancelled, A-7 was the last to reach production).

F is used for multi-role aircraft as well, so F-117 might have been given to fool people into thinking it has an air defense role as well (or who knows, maybe that was indeed the plan at the time but it didn't work).



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User currently offlineBoeingnut From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 3, posted (11 years 4 months 1 week 3 days 10 hours ago) and read 19105 times:

Supposedly the F-117 was given the F designation to fool would-be Soviet spies into thinking that the Nighthawk was going to be some form of air-to-air fighter, meant to take out the Soviet equiv. of the AWACS birds

User currently offlineJwenting From Netherlands, joined Apr 2001, 10213 posts, RR: 18
Reply 4, posted (11 years 4 months 1 week 3 days 9 hours ago) and read 19048 times:

As demonstrated in Tom Clancy's "Red Storm Rising" and other books of the time.
Some even went as far as to place them on aircraft carriers or airlifting them in C-5s (giving rise to all kinds of wild rumours about the aircraft having detachable wings and being carrier capable).



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User currently offlineUSAir330 From United States of America, joined Mar 2002, 822 posts, RR: 1
Reply 5, posted (11 years 4 months 1 week 3 days 6 hours ago) and read 19006 times:

Thanx for the info  Smile

User currently offlineFritzi From United Arab Emirates, joined Jun 2001, 2762 posts, RR: 2
Reply 6, posted (11 years 4 months 1 week 3 days 4 hours ago) and read 18958 times:

So the B747 is a bomber and the A340 is an attack airplane???  Laugh out loud

User currently offline2912n From United States of America, joined Oct 2001, 2013 posts, RR: 8
Reply 7, posted (11 years 4 months 1 week 3 days 3 hours ago) and read 18945 times:

Fritzi---COuld be.....but does that make the Fokker F70 a fighter? Now thats a bizarre concept!  Smile

User currently offlineSharpnfuzzy From Canada, joined Jun 2001, 570 posts, RR: 0
Reply 8, posted (11 years 4 months 1 week 2 days 23 hours ago) and read 18937 times:

So according the Dash80's list the SR-71 is an Anti-Submarine Reconnaissance aircraft and the U-2 is a utility aircraft.. ha ha

So as with the F-117 it's not always consistent... and I guess the SR could stand for Supersonic Reconnaissance.... but the U?


User currently offline2912n From United States of America, joined Oct 2001, 2013 posts, RR: 8
Reply 9, posted (11 years 4 months 1 week 2 days 21 hours ago) and read 18938 times:

The SR was for Strategic Recon.

The U-2 designation stems from when it was a super secret program. The U being for utility. Just something to throw people off a little bit. For a while the U-2 was the TR-1. The TR being "Tactical Recon" to go with the SR designation, but that faded pretty quickly and the U-2 designation came back.


User currently offlineL-188 From United States of America, joined Jul 1999, 29792 posts, RR: 58
Reply 10, posted (11 years 4 months 1 week 2 days 16 hours ago) and read 19025 times:

Actually it was supposed to be the RS-71

Except Lyndon Johnson when he announced the existance of the aircraft botched the name and called it the SR-71. So the aircraft is now called the SR-71

I am sure the reason why the F-117 is not a B is the same reason why the F-111 is not the B-111.



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