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 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 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 73
Sep 14, 2020
Username checks out.
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Level 70
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 77
Feb 26, 2018
Two more than I got.
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Level 74
Feb 25, 2018
Wow, the people who do this quiz really know their US fighter planes!
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Level 84
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 84
Oct 30, 2019
I got 3 points this time. Disappointed in myself for missing Harrier, Intruder, Hercules and Aardvark.
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Level 87
Feb 24, 2020
It's a major part of the money we earn at work.
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Level 81
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 84
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 66
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 66
Dec 28, 2021
I know. I put myself in the mind of myself at 9 years old at sleepaway camp with a picture book full of airplanes and got about 15 that way. From all my years since... maybe 2.
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Level 59
Apr 18, 2018
perhaps add b25 mitchell, p39 airacobra, sbd dauntless, and e4b nightwatch
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Level 87
Feb 24, 2020
And the iconic F4U Corsair.
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Level 57
Apr 18, 2018
No OV-10 Bronco. I object! (overruled).
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Level 68
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 84
Apr 20, 2018
judging by the quiz address it looks like Quizmaster changed the title and added "nicknames."
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Level 77
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 84
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 84
Oct 30, 2019
and for the U-2 I think most people just called it the U2 "spy plane"
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Level 57
Dec 28, 2021
no, they don't
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Level 84
Dec 28, 2021
Thanks for chiming in "most people"
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Level 57
Dec 28, 2021
No tankers. There's 3 in service and would be a great addition to the quiz!
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Level 67
Dec 28, 2021
"Crash" should be accepted for the V-22.

It's a truly heroic aircraft though; it sacrifices its own life to rid the world of Marines. :)

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Level 48
Dec 28, 2021
Would love to see a Russian version of this quiz.
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Level 81
Dec 29, 2021
I haven't read a Tom Clancy novel in 25 years, so I only got 12.
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Level 67
Dec 29, 2021
This was fun! I would like to see the Thunderchief, the Starfighter, Hellcats & Wildcats, the P-47 Thunderbolt, and the B-24 Liberator.
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Level 78
Jan 5, 2022
Aardvark?