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U.S. Military Aircraft Nicknames

Give the nicknames of these popular manned U.S. military aircraft (past and present).
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Last updated: February 24, 2018
First submittedFebruary 19, 2013
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Aircraft
Nickname
A-6
Intruder
AV-8B
Harrier
A-10
Warthog / Thunderbolt
B-1
Lancer
B-2
Spirit
B-17
Flying Fortress
B-29
Super Fortress
B-52
Stratofortress
C-5
Galaxy
C-17
Globemaster
C-130
Hercules
EA-6B
Prowler
E-2
Hawkeye
Aircraft
Nickname
F-4
Phantom
F-14
Tomcat
F-15
Eagle
F-16
Falcon / Viper
F/A-18
Hornet
F-22
Raptor
F-35
Lightning II /
Joint Strike Fighter
F-111
Aardvark
F-117
Nighthawk
P-38
Lightning
P-51
Mustang
SR-71
Blackbird
Aircraft
Nickname
U-2
Dragon Lady
AH-1
Cobra
AH-64
Apache
CH-46
Sea Knight / Phrog
CH-47
Chinook
CH-53
Sea Stallion
H-3
Sea King
OH-58
Kiowa
SH-60
Sea Hawk
UH-1
Iroquois / Huey
UH-60
Black Hawk
V-22
Osprey
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level 20
Apr 12, 2014
Nobody actually calls the F-35 the Lightning II. It's always called the JSF or Joint Strike Fighter. :/
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level 30
May 14, 2014
Done!
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level 35
Apr 18, 2018
Actually everybody calls it the Lightning II. JSF is the name of the international program building it.
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level 55
Apr 22, 2014
Well. I managed to get my husband's favorite and the two programs I've actually worked on. And Johnny Rico is right.
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level 35
May 11, 2014
Good quiz, and I got thrown on some of the helicopters. A couple fixes: F-16 should accept Fighting Falcon B-52 should accept BUFF (and the official name is Stratofortress, one word) B-29 should read Superfortress
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level 30
May 14, 2014
...and done!
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level 17
Jul 16, 2014
Nice quiz, but B-1 should accept "Bone," UH-1 should accept "Iroquois," and the F-4 answer should be Phantom II or Phantom 2. Otherwise, great job!
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level 37
Sep 22, 2015
The original PHANTOM 1 was a real thing, the military just doesn't like bringing it up considering it was a horrible plane that should be ashamed of itself. Agree on the others though, tried 5 or 6 different spellings for the Iroquois, then reluctantly put Huey.
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level 18
Oct 26, 2017
Where did it get thunderbolt for the A-10? I've never heard of it.
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level 50
Jan 6, 2018
Way, way back in the late 70s/early 80s. Didn't really stick.
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level 78
Apr 15, 2018
I saw it called that in some video games I played in the 80s and early 90s
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level 52
Apr 22, 2018
Thunderbolt II was it's official designation, but the "Thunder" names that Fairchild came up with never seemed to stick. So you have "Warthog" for the A-10 Thunderbolt II, "Jug" for the original P-47 Thunderbolt in WW2, "Thud" for the F-105 Thunderchief, etc.
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level 68
Feb 25, 2018
I got two! Go me! I have heard of, maybe, half a dozen more but the rest of the names don't mean anything to me. I guess either I haven't watched enough American war films or British news doesn't use the names of the planes as much as American news programmes must.
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level 72
Feb 26, 2018
Two more than I got.
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level 69
Feb 25, 2018
Wow, the people who do this quiz really know their US fighter planes!
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level 78
Apr 15, 2018
I managed to get 19. That's only 36th percentile and good for 1 point, though.
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level 77
Apr 18, 2018
I got 22 and still only got 1 point. It's hard for me to believe that the majority on this site know so much about US military planes. I'm guessing most people (like me) who know little about the subject just skip this one. (Although, if my grandson was here he could ace it, so maybe there are a lot out there like him who dreamed of flying jets when they were young.)
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level 78
Oct 30, 2019
I got 3 points this time. Disappointed in myself for missing Harrier, Intruder, Hercules and Aardvark.
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level 76
Feb 24, 2020
It's a major part of the money we earn at work.
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level 72
Apr 18, 2018
The Sea King is probably better and more accurately known as the SH-3, the same as the Seahawk is the SH-60.
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level 80
Apr 18, 2018
Man I would have been amazing at this quiz back when I was twelve years old. Sadly, these days I could only manage 11.
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level 67
Apr 18, 2018
If it makes you feel any better, I only got 3, though I missed at least two I should have known.
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level 47
Apr 18, 2018
perhaps add b25 mitchell, p39 airacobra, sbd dauntless, and e4b nightwatch
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level 76
Feb 24, 2020
And the iconic F4U Corsair.
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level 58
Apr 18, 2018
No OV-10 Bronco. I object! (overruled).
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level 65
Apr 20, 2018
Aren't these actually official service names? They're not nicknames. Nicknames are like bone (b-1 = b-one = bone) an actual nickname. Rather than Lancer which was the official service name. Another example is the B-52 Stratofortress (a relative told me that they called them BUFFs, ie Big Ugly Fat F***ers) and that it was a fairly common nickname for them.
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level 78
Apr 20, 2018
judging by the quiz address it looks like Quizmaster changed the title and added "nicknames."
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level 68
Jul 10, 2019
Ageed, these aren't nicknames but officially designated names, by the US Air Force, Navy or otherwise.
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level 78
Oct 30, 2019
If it was really nicknames they should accept "stealth fighter" for Nighthawk and "stealth bomber" for Spirit those names were much more commonly used by the public.
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level 78
Oct 30, 2019
and for the U-2 I think most people just called it the U2 "spy plane"
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