Broke From United States of America, joined Apr 2002, 1322 posts, RR: 3 Posted (7 years 1 month 3 weeks 5 days 9 hours ago) and read 2074 times:
There are some aircraft designations that are interesting, confusing, or funny.
Here are my first two choices;
U-2 - Seeing that the U-1 was the DeHavilland of Canada DHC-3 Otter and the U-3 was the Cessna 310. The U-2 was definitely a red herring of a designation.
USMC C-119's - The Marines flew the C-119 in the 1950's and under the old Naval designation system, it was a R4Q. Honest!!
R - For a Transport, Q for Fairchild, the 4 meant it was the fourth transport Fairchild has built for the Navy/Marines/Coast Guard.
And, of course, the improved version was the R4Q-2.
Can anyone else come up with some interesting military designations?
Say the designation a couple of times out loud and you'll get it (or someone will slap you).
To me, the strangest is the X-35/F-35. It wasn't an experimental aircraft, it was a test and evaluation aircraft. It should have been the YF-24 and then the F-24. Or, if the following resume is correct, it might have been correctly the YF-25 and F-25: http://www.edwards.af.mil/units/bio/lanni-bio.html (Look at "Flight Information")
The two JSF demonstrators trace their lineage to DARPA birds that had many names (CALF, MRF, ASTOVL, JAST). The X-32 designator was to be given to the plane that would have been built had funding been allocated. When Congress decided to combine the many programs into the Joint Strike Fighter, the X-32 demonstrator became part of the JSF Program and the designation was given to the Boeing (McDonnell Douglas) jet. The X-35 designation was given to the LockMart jet.
Ghostbase From United Kingdom, joined Nov 2004, 354 posts, RR: 3 Reply 4, posted (7 years 1 month 3 weeks 5 days 6 hours ago) and read 2008 times:
Quoting Ptrjong (Reply 1): How's that strange? The USN's designation system wasn't abolished until September 18, 1962, and before that all Marines aircraft had Navy designations.
This is quite true however some of the USN helicopter designations do roll off the tongue in a rather different manner to the USAF ones. My favourites include the Kaman HOK-1 (the USAF H-43A Huskie) and the Vertol (Piasecki) HUP-2 Retriever. The Bell HTL-2 was a Bell 47D with twin floats. And how about a Sikorski HR2S-1W? (A radar-picket cousin of the Army's H-37 Mojave). Perhaps it depends which designation system you were first familiar with...