Chris Beilby (cbeilby@hotmail.com)
Tue, 09 Nov 1999 06:17:51 GMT


>-Z- wrote:
>
> > When the letter is used as a prefix, it distinguishes the TYPE of
>aircraft
> > and generally *does* stand for something: A for Attack, B for Bomber, C
>for
> > Cargo (transport), F for Fighter, P for Pursuit (obsolete), RC for
> > Reconnaissance,
>
>Actually, R is for Reconnaissance. RC would be a cargo transport converted
>to
>reconnaissance duties. There are/were other such conversions, such as the
>old
>RB-57, RF-4, RA-5, etc.
>
> > T for Trainer and X for Experimental. There are
> > exceptions, however. Refueling tankers are designated KC, for example
>--
> > maybe because RC was already taken, but despite a full 20 years in the
> > USAF, I still don't known what "K" means.
>
>Nope, K would technically be for a dedicated-built tanker, but not too many
>have
>been designed and built as tanker from the start. Any tankers that I can
>think of
>took a transport design as a basis, such as the KC-10 or KC-97.

Guys, I think he was asking about when it was used AFTER the designation
number (MS-06J for Example)

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