"Speed Is Buster"?

Wed May 30, 2001 7:34 am

Hey all.
I've posted this in the civil aviation and tech ops forum and I'm still looking for someone who is sure of their answer! Anyway the question is that while I was watching "the hunt for red october" there is a carrier landing with an F-14, and on approach the ground control officer radios something to the affect of "your heading is xxx, speed is buster, over"
Is "speed is buster" just something they said in the movie, or does it acutally mean something?
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RE: "Speed Is Buster"?

Wed May 30, 2001 2:12 pm

This term does in fact have real meaning. It's a term the controller (in this case the LSO) uses to tell the pilot to go to full military power, to speed up as quickly as possible without going into afterburner.

RE: "Speed Is Buster"?

Wed May 30, 2001 2:16 pm

Thanks a million aerotech... makes sense considering in the movie that was immediatly followed by "More power! more power!"
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RE: "Speed Is Buster"?

Sat Jun 02, 2001 2:08 am

From the DOD Dictionary of Military Terms,


(DOD) In air intercept, a code meaning, "Fly at maximal continuous speed (or power)."
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RE: "Speed Is Buster"?

Sat Jun 09, 2001 5:22 am

derived from hurry up, "bust your ass".

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