Reconnaissance Systems Officer – An SR-71 Blackbird backseater.
Return to Base. The act of returning to the place of origin or other friendly place of refuge, following a mission.
Replacement Training Unit. (Air Force term.) A An aviation organization composed of aircrew, support personnel, aircraft, and equipment. that prepares pilots for operational service in fleet-specific aircraft.
Radar Warning Receiver. Passive sensors used to detect the presence of off board radar emitters.
Situational Awareness. The perception of environmental elements and events with respect to time and space.
Situation Awareness Data Link. An air communication and data sharing system.
Surface-to-air Missile. Homing or guided missiles designed to shootdow aircraft.
Surface-to-air Missile. Homing or guided missiles designed to shootdow aircraft. Ambush. A tactic where aircraft attempt to draw opposing aircraft into a particular geographic area so that they can be engaged by SAMs.
Search and Rescue. The process of locating and recovering distressed personnel.
An Offensive Counter Air. An A/A mission where fighters preemptively seek aerial engagements with an adversary, typically over their territory. mission where fighters operate in conjunction with a strike package some coordinated time / distance behind.
Software Configuration Set. A set of OFPs used to operate a modern military aircraft.
Squadron Duty Officer. A squadron aviator who assists the Operations Duty Officer. A squadron aviator responsible for executing the flight schedule. Manned by an instructor at a training squadron. during execution of the flight schedule. Manned by a student at a training squadron.
Suppression of Enemy Air Defenses
aka Two-ship. A coordinated flight of two aircraft operating in close proximity to one another.
A combination OCA/strike mission where aircraft fight their way into a target, strike it with Air-to-Surface. A general term for the missions and/or equipment involved in the aerial attack of surface (land or sea) targets. ordnance, then fight their way out again.
Survival, Evasion, Resistance, Escape. A military program designed to prepare military and other personnel to cope when in enemy territory.
Selectively Retained Graduate. A flight student who completes training and immediately remains at the squadron as an instructor despite having no fleet experience.
A federal university that provides students an undergraduate degree and the preparation needed to serve as a commissioned officer in the US armed forces after graduation.
(See A combination OCA/strike mission where aircraft fight their way into a target, strike it with A/S ordnance, then fight their way out again..)
Strike Fighter Advanced Readiness Program. A unit-level training evolution designed to hone aerial combat skills as an initial step in preparation for follow-on workups for deployment. Administered by a Type Wing Weapons School.
Strike-Fighter Tactics Instructor. A aka Navy Fighter Weapons School. A US Navy institution that develops and provides graduate-level strike-fighter tactics. graduate.
Signals Intelligence. The collection of electronic emissions in the interest of gaining information.
A comm brevity term used when a fighter has employed all of its active missiles.
Stand-off Land Attack Missile Expanded Response. A GPS-guided, cruise missile-like weapon that beams television imagery back to the launching or supporting aircraft in order for real time ‘pilot-in-the-loop’ aim point updates and success determination.
Service Life Extension Program. A maintenance process that extends an aircraft’s usefulness.
$h!tty Little Jobs Officer. A derogatory term for a young officer who is assigned menial tasks in a squadron.
Subject Matter Expert.
Stores Management System. A computerized aircraft system that acts as the conduit between the aircrew and any stores (i.e. racks, rails, launchers, fuel tanks, ordnance) that may be loaded on the aircraft.
An aviation organization composed of aircrew, support personnel, aircraft, and equipment.
Surface Surveillance Control. A patrol mission flown to build a consolidated picture of surface vessel contacts in a particular area.
An A/S weapon that can be launched or released from a greater distance than ballistic weapons, where the aircraft is less exposed to threats defending the intended target.
The right side of an aircraft or vessel when facing the front of the aircraft or vessel. Opposite of The left side of an aircraft or vessel when facing the front of the aircraft or vessel. Opposite of Starboard..
The back or aft-most portion of a vessel. Opposite of The front or forward-most portion of a vessel. Opposite of Stern..
Short Takeoff / Vertical Land. A description of the capability of certain aircraft, such as the AV-8B Harrier or F-35B Lightning II.
The deliberate act of retiring an aircraft from active service.
An OCA mission where fighters act autonomously without being tied to any other fighter elements or strike package.
Surface Warfare Officer School. The academic institution where naval officers learn how to control and employ warships.
Tactical Air Control Party. A ground unit whose mission is to control aircraft in support of ground forces.
Tactical Air-Launched Decoy. An unmanned air-launched radar decoy used to stimulate enemy air defense systems by presenting a realistic threat signature of actual manned aircraft, in radar cross aka Two-ship. A coordinated flight of two aircraft operating in close proximity to one another. and flight characteristics
Training and Administration of the Reserve. A predecessor program to Full Time Support. A US Navy program that allows reservists to perform in positions as full-time active duty members, supporting the Navy Reserve Force..
A military intelligence officer who specializes in generating precise targets for ground targets and assists with weapon-to-target match determination.
Tactical Airborne Reconnaissance Pod System. A camera pod fitted to the F-14 Tomcat which afforded an aerial reconnaissance capability.
Tactical Crew Coordination. A standardized system to maximize the effectiveness of multi-crew tactical aircraft.
Television Camera Set. An optical system installed in the F-14 Tomcat that permitted crews to visually identify and track aircraft beyond visual range.
Troops in Engagement of enemy forces.. A term implying an emergent need for support due to ground forces currently being engaged by the enemy.
Thermal Imaging Laser Designation. An externally-mounted infrared used on the Panavia Tornado.
Type / Model / Series. An aircraft nomenclature convention used from 1924 to 1948.
A 1986 American romantic military action drama motion picture.
aka Navy Fighter Weapons School. A US Navy institution that develops and provides graduate-level strike-fighter tactics.
Tactical Situational Display. A display installed in the F-14 Tomcat to increase the crew’s situational awareness tactically.
Threat Activity, Target, Friendly situation, Artillery, Clearance authority, Ordnance requested, Restrictions. A standardized way for JTACs to pass battlefield information to supporting combat aircraft.
Turning Tanker Last Recovery. An aerial refueling-equipped aircraft manned and ready on an aircraft carrier to launch in the event more fuel is needed airborne to recover aircraft.
Unmanned Combat Aerial Vehicle. An unmanned aerial vehicle that carries ordnance used for offensive strikes.
Underway Replenishment. The act of transfering supplies, fuel, and/or ammunition between two or more ships while underway at sea by means of direct connection between ships.
Vertical / Short Takeoff and Landing. A characteristic of aircraft that can takeoff and land either vertically or in distances much shorter than tradtional fixed-wing aircraft.
Vehicle-borne Improvised Explosive Device. A cowardly way to attack your enemy with a vehicle laden with explosives.
Variable Exhaust Nozzle(s). An adjustable nozzle on the aft-most portion of a jet engine designed to optimize performance.
Vertical Replenishment. The act of transfering supplies or ammunition between ships at sea by use of vertical-flight-capable aircraft, such as helicopters.
aka inner ear. An anatomical apparatus involved in maintaining balance and spatial orientation.
Visual Identification. A tactic employed to determine the identity of another aircraft by passing by closely and observing visually.
Virtual Reality. An interactive computer-generated experience that takes place within a simulated environment.
A formation of four aircraft abeam each other in a relatively-straight line, albeit possibly at different altitudes.
Weapons System Officer. An Naval Flight Officer. A US Navy commissioned officer assigned to non-pilot-in-control aerial duties such as weapons control, radar intercept, or electronic countermeasures. who crews the backseat of an F/A-18D Hornet or F/A-18F Super Hornet.
Within Visual Range. Air-to-air. An aerial fight between two or more aircraft. engagements that take place within a distance that the human eye can see.
A no radio communications event or activity, such as landing on an aircraft carrier during daytime, favorable weather conditions.