Actual: Flight time in actual instrument meteorological conditions, as opposed to simulated. For many pilots, highly desirable but not to be taken lightly.

AMF: Short for the phonetic “Alpha Mike Foxtrot,” which literally means “adios motherfucker.” Term is used mostly in reference to a downed craft. 

Angels: Altitude, measured in thousands of feet ("angels fifteen" means 15,000 feet above sea level). 

Auger: To roll a plane in / out of a hangar. 

Alert Five: A combat-ready aircraft that can launch within five minutes.

AWACS (abbr): Airborne Warning & Control System. An aircraft (usually a modified cargo plane) fitted with a variety of electronic surveillance and control gear. AWACS are used to guide forces and detect hostile aircraft in a specific area of operation. Planes and UAVs currently in use in AWACS roles: E-3F Sentry, E-747 AWACS, E-52 Stratosentry, E-2E Hawkeye, A-50 Mainstay, RQ-27 Condor.
E-3F Sentry AWACS
E-3F SENTRY, an AWACS craft
used by the US Air Force.

BFG (abbr/slang): Literally means Big Fucking Gun. Term originated from the first-person shooter video games, but came to be used by US soldiers when referring to any sort of man-portable anti-tank rocket. 

Bird (slang): Any aircraft, rotary or fixed wing. 

CAP (abbr): Combine Action Platoon. A basic tactical unit of the combined Allied Forces, usually consisting of a squad of US Marines and a squad of Sino Union regulars. 

Check Six: Visual observation of the rear quadrant, from which most air-to-air attacks can be expected. Refers to the clock system of scanning the envelope around the aircraft; 12 o'clock is straight ahead, 6 o'clock is directly astern. Also slang for, watch your back .

Clusterfuck (marine slang): Specifically, any group of Marines close enough together to be wounded by the same incoming round. More generically, clusterfuck can be used describes anything that's all screwed up. 

Contact: Engagement with the enemy. 

Departure: Literally departure from controlled flight, usually brought on in high-performance jets by excessive angle of attack coupled with partial power loss in one engine. All aircraft depart differently, but some anxious moments and some loss of altitude will result before control can be regained. Some jets, most notably the F-4 Phantom, are unrecoverable from certain departures. 

Drift Factor (slang): Habits and behaviors that show someone as unreliable. 

ECM (abbr): Electronic Countermeasures. Any system designed to jam or mislead enemy weapons, communications, or sensors.  

Envelope: The maximum performance parameters of an aircraft; flying at the edge of the envelope can be both exciting and dangerous.  

EU (abbr): European Union. 

FAC (abbr): Forward Air Controller. Someone trained spot targets and direct air strikes from the vantage-point of a cockpit and/or virtual interface. Traditionally, FACs pilot light, fixed-wing aircrafts that can loiter over an area of operation for long periods of time. In more recent years, droned have been used for this purpose.

Flak: Anti-aircraft fire. 

Fly-by-wire: Electronic, computer-controlled operation of aircraft control surfaces. Supplants mechanical/hydraulic actuation common in earlier jets. The F-16 Falcon, F/A-18 Hornet, and the French Mirage 2000 use these systems. 

Git (British slang): Synonymous with idiot or dumb ass.  

Grey Cough: Common name given to the H5N2 Virus, the strain of Bird-Flu that triggered a global pandemic in 2008. 

HAVCAP (abbr): High-Value Asset Combat Air Patrol. 

HOTAS: Hands On Throttle And Stick. Modern fighters have every imaginable control function mounted on either the stick (right hand) or the throttle quadrant (left hand), so that the pilot need not fumble around in the cockpit. 

Jade Empire: (classified) 

Jades (slang): Prefer Allied term for forces or individuals associated with the Jade Empire. Imperial China NEVER refers to itself as simply “the Jades.”

Knife Fight: Close-in, slow-speed aerial dogfight with a nimble adversary. 

Mobile Armor: (classified)  

Mobile Infantry: (classified)  

NanoWeave: An ultra-light composite material similar to Kevlar, although much stronger and more versatile. The name is derived from the method used to fabricate it, which involves milling carbon molecules into helix pattern that can be woven into durable thread. Ten times more durable than steel, and twenty times lighter, NanoWeave makes an excellent ballistic soft armor. As well, the material can be treated with a laminating agent and molded into hard plates. 

NBC (abbr): Short for nuclear, biological, chemical warfare.  

PRC (abbr): The People's Republic of China .  

Reactive Armor: (classified)  

Sabbot: (classified)  

Satori: (classified)  

Sino Union: (classified)  

Sino Conflict: (classified)  

Situational Awareness: (classified)  

State: Amount of available fuel, gauged in the form of hours and minutes of fuel left before the plane can no longer stay aloft. 

Tinman (slang): (classified)  

Tracer: (classified)  

UAV (abbr): Unmanned Aerial Vehicle. Also know as a drone.  

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