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How Well Do You Know Military Pilot Slang?
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Yeah, you’ve watched “Top Gun” about 100 times, so you’re probably pretty much qualified to fly an F-15. Or maybe an F-35, because you know, the ‘80s were a very long time ago. You may not know a Lightning II from a Warthog, but you may think you understand military pilot lingo. Think you can put the smack down on our aviator slang quiz? Are you fumbling for your ejector seat already?

“Bogies” and “bandits” are almost the same thing … but they’re not. Do you know the difference? If you don’t, you’ll be punching out before you know it, stranded in the middle of this nearly impossible quiz.

Pilot lingo goes anywhere from incredibly basic, like “break,” to corporate (i.e. “Winchester” and “Texaco”), and if you’re not up to speed on the jargon, you may run out of fuel and wind up ditching your bomber in the ocean waves. That’s something you definitely don’t want to do if you’re carrying a “crowd pleaser.”

Crank up the “blowers” and fly into the danger zone. We’ll see if your mighty wings will take you through the fire of our slang quiz, or whether you’d be better off playing with the boys. Take our military pilot quiz now!

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