Merge Air Warfare into Military Aviation
This article is biased too heavily towards the U.S. military. For example, the sentence"Reconnaissance aircraft include the fastest aircraft in the military, the SR-71 Blackbird, which is a spy plane made obsolete by satellite imaging" must be (I think?) refering to the U.S. military, which is fine as long as it says "U.S. military" instead of implying that no other military exists. :)
- The SR-71 is (at least in terms of unclassified speeds) the fastest aircraft in WORLD history. There is no question that it was operated by the United States almost soley (perhaps a few allies such as the U.K. flew them), but that does not diminish the global applicability of your example. I see no reason to consider this article Amero-centric, but I believe additional information concerning Russian/Soviet, Chinese, European, Indian, Iranian, etc. aviation would be nice. In terms of money, the U.S. may outspend the rest of the world combined on military aviation. Saseigel (talk) 13:25, 20 April 2008 (UTC)
Also the articles mentions the naming conventions (F- for fighters, B- for bombers, etc.), but are these western-centric as well? The Soviet fighters start with MiG-, for example.
Unfortunately I don't know enough about this topic to update it myself.188.8.131.52 03:04, 24 May 2006 (UTC)
- I agree, the naming conventions are extremly US-centric. This should be rephrased or moved into a different artical about US armed forces naming conventions.
- You are mistaken with the MiG though. MiG stands for Mikoyan-Gurevich, which is the manufacturer of the plane, and not its type designation.
- 'Boeing IDS F/A-18E "Super Hornet"' vs 'Mikoyan MiG-29M "Fulcrum E"'
- 'Boeing IDS' corresponds with 'Mikoyan' - the manufacturer
- 'F/A-18' corresponds to MiG-29' the type of the plane
- the difference here is that 'F/A' is part of a offical naming convention. This name was given to the project by the United States, not by Boeing. 'MiG-29' uses the naming convention of the manufacturer, not of the Russian Federation.
- 'E' corresponds to 'M' - they designate the variant of the plane. (i.e. design revision, mark number, mission specific equipment, etc.)
- 'Super Hornet' is the official name of the plane, it was given to it by Boeing.
- 'Fulcrum E' is the NATO reporting name for the MiG-29M. The MiG-29 did not have a official name given to it by Mikoyan, but the Pilots felt that 'Fulcrum' was a flattering description for the plane's characteristics so they adopted it.
- There are of course other nicknames given to planes by pilots, i.e. Rhino is a nickname of the F/A-18E/F because of the shape of its nose.
- 184.108.40.206 13:19, 13 June 2006 (UTC)
Yikes-- Missing senses
This article is soooo totally missing the sense and use of miltary air lift capacity and capability as was so critical in so many theatures and conflicts (re: General William H. Tunner), not to mention airborne operations and today's air cavalry. Not counting either Gulf War! What an oversight. No bullets or food and water, no battle or troops!!! // FrankB 20:28, 19 January 2007 (UTC)
- I think this article needs to be about the non-warfare aspects of military aviation. --Born2flie 04:05, 20 February 2007 (UTC)
United States Army Aviation Branch
I added a see also link to United States Army Aviation Branch because most people within that community use the term Army Aviation to refer to the United States Army Aviation Branch exclusively. Perhaps this page should become a disambiguation. Saseigel (talk) 13:15, 20 April 2008 (UTC)
- I'm working on an article for "Army aviation", which Army Aviation to will be redirected. Alternatively, Army Aviation could be redirected to United States Army Aviation Branch, with a DAB header/hatnote to "Army aviation", when that page is live. I was surprised how many nations actually use the term "Army Aviation" in their army air arm titles (or in the English translation of their names). It's just a stub/list at the moment, and on a sandbox at User:BillCJ/Sandbox/Army aviation. I need a good, sourced definition for what the term "army aviation" means and encompasses, and then I'll go live with it. I don't see a need for this page to be a DAB at this point, as "military aviation" is a legitimate term with broad appliction that needs to be defined and discussed. - BillCJ (talk) 18:34, 20 April 2008 (UTC)
WikiProject Military history/Assessment/Tag & Assess 2008
A fast U2?
The U2 was and is a high-flying glider with just enough jet engine to keep it airborne. Its immunity from attack comes from its altitude, not its speed.