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Aircraft Designations

 

Every aircraft has a name depending on the type of aircraft. For example, the F-22 raptor. The reason this aircraft is called the F-22 is because the F symbolises it's a fighter and the number is it's model number.

Ok so what happens when an aircraft has multiple roles? Well then you just add more letters! For example the CH-47 Chinook. The C stands for Cargo, and the H stands for Helicopter, so now I know it's a cargo helicopter. The 47 is it's model number.

Below are all the letters and their designations.

 

A

Attack

Note: These designations change from role to role, and from country to country. Some letters are not included in this table as they have been made specificly for a certain aircrafts role. I.E Harrier GR7. Where did the G come from? It's not in the table but the G stands for ground.

B

Bomber

C

Cargo

E

Electronic

F

Fighter

 

H

Helicopter

K

Tanker

O

Observation

P

Patrol

R

Reconnaissance

S

Strategic

T

Trainer

U

Utility

V

Vertical

X

Experimental

Y

Prototype