What the Hell is He Talking About???

Like any organization the USAF has a language of their own. I humbly offer some examples.


Air-Intercept Missile


The Electronic Warfare Officer (EWO), the GIB. Refers to pilot’s opinion that a trained bear can replace the GIB. Also a Tu-95 Russian Bomber.

The Blue Zoo:

The United States Air Force Academy at Colorado Springs, Colorado. Also known as “Colorado Kool-Aid U” and “The Colorado Home for Wayward Boys”


Fucker Up Front. Pilot in two seat aircraft such as an F-4 Phantom.


Guy in Back. Slang term for WSO, RIO, and B/N. The guy behind the FUF.

Going to Guns:

Switching to cannon. Assuming leadership. Taking control of any situation.


The opposite of Missiles. (See- Missiles)

Local talent:

Derogatory term used to desribe any female living near an Air Force Base who does nothing but have sex and use airmen for money. Said females have usually been married and divorced at least three times before they turn 25.


Objects that fall off the rail and do whatever they want. The opposite of Hittles.

One in the Hangar:



The F-4 Phantom II in all its Glory. An unattractive WAF.

The Sand Box:


Surface-to-Air Missile.

Touch and Go’s:

Repeatedly falling asleep in a meeting or a class while trying desperately to stay awake. After nodding off, the person’s head will dip forward almost to his chest, whereupon he will snap back into a very brief state of semi-consciousness and repeat the process. Named after practice landings where the aircraft descends, briefly touches down while still rolling forward, and quickly becomes airborne again.


The Thunderbirds, the USAF Air Demonstration Team. Also known as the “T-Kids” and “Thunder Chickens”.


Temporary Duty Assignment. A road trip to a far distant and usually fucked up dirty country.


Women of the Air Force. A female. Term replaced by generic “Airman” because of the widespread use of “We All Fuck”.

Download the whole USAF Slang Dictionary here.

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