Military Abbreviations, Nicknames and Slang Terms
Beginning with T
Compiled by Jon Stacy

1. Joint Service Designation for a Training Aircraft.
2. Training Aircraft. Used as a Suffix to another type of aircraft. (Example: TF-15 Eagle. (Discontinued)

(Nickname) Lockheed T-33 Shooting Star.

(Nickname) Republic P-47/F-47 Thunderbolt.

T-Bone Hill-
Name of a hill on the stabilized front in Korea.

1. (Nickname) Curtiss C-46 Commando in Post War Civilian Service.
2. (Nickname) Grumman F7F Tigercat.

(Nickname) Republic F-105D Thunderchief.

(Allied Codename) Japanese Showa L2D, a version of the C-47, built under license before the start of World War II.

(Acronym) TAke Charge And Move Out.

1. (Short) Tactical Air Control Center.
2. (Short) Tanker Airlift Control Center.

(Squadron Nickname) 188th Fighter Squadron, that operates the F-16 Falcon for the New Mexico Air National Guard.

Tail End Charlie-
1. (Slang) Tail Gunner.
2. (Slang) Last element in a formation.

Tall Lady-
(Nickname) USS Columbus CG-12. An Albany Class Missile Cruiser.

Name for the Northrop T-38 jet trainer.

The N-6 Surface to Air Missile, for the Army & Navy.

(Codeword) Letter T.

Tango Uniform-
1. A military way to say “Thank You”
2. A military way to say “Tits Up”

(Nickname) USS Tingey DD-539, a Fletcher Class Destroyer.

Tank Buster-
(Slang) An aircraft or missile designed to destroy tanks.

Tankbuster of Salerno-
(Nickname) USS Mayo DD-422; a Gleaves Class Destroyer.

Tardy George-
(Nickname) Union General George H. Thomas.

Target A-
(Slang) The Pentagon.

Target Rich Environment-
(Slang) More Targets than Bombs.

(Squadron Nickname) VR-52, that operates the C-9 Skytrain II.

(Squadron Nickname) 145th Airlift Squadron, that flies the KC-135 for the Ohio Air National Guard.

Air Force Designation for Tactical Bomber Squadron. 1947-1992.

(Short) Temporary Duty.

Tea Boat-
(British) Nickname for the HMS Ceylon.

(Nickname) USS Theodore Roosevelt CVN-71. A Nimitz Class Carrier.

Ten Minute Killer-
(Nickname) Douglas F4D/F-6A Skyray.

Ten Thousand Day War-
(Nickname) Vietnam War.

Terd Herder-
1.(Nickname) Air Transporters assigned to Fleet Service in the Air Force.
2. (Slang) Homosexual.

(Squadron Nickname) 47th Fighter Squadron, that flies the A-10 Thunderbolt II.

Terrible T-
1. (Nickname) USS Tarawa CV-40. An Essex Class Carrier.
2. (Nickname) USS Taylor DD-469, a Fletcher Class Destroyer.

A hill on the stabilized front in Korea.

1. The North American AT-6, World War II trainer.
2. The Beechcraft T-6, trainer.

The 36th Infantry Division, that served in World War I, and in Europe in World War II.

Texas Tower-
(Slang) A German offshore early warning radar station, built offshore. They looked like oil rigs.

Air Force Designation for Tactical Fighter Squadron. 1947-1992

(Allied Codename) Japanese Kawasaki Ki-56, transport.

Thirty-One Knot Burke-
(Nickname) Admiral Arleigh Burke.

The Douglas IRBM, for the US Army.

(Allied Codename) Japanese Nakajima Ki-34, transport.

Thoroughbred Express-
(Squadron Nickname) 165th Airlift Squadron, that flies the C-130 Hercules for the Kentucky Air National Guard.

Thousand Hour War-
(Nickname) Persian Gulf War

Three for Five-
(Navy) Way of saying “I lend you $3 and you repay $5.

Throttle Jockey-
(Slang) A Jet Pilot.

(Nickname) Republic F-105 Thunderchief.

Thule Coolie-
(Nickname) Someone stationed at Thule AB, Greenland.

The 45th Infantry Division, that served in World War II in Europe, and in the Korean War.

1. (Squadron Nickname) USAF Aerial Demonstration Squadron, that operated the F-84 Thunderjet,
F-84 Thunderstreak, F-100 Super Sabre, F-105 Thunderchief, F-4 Phantom II, T-38 Talon, & currently the
F-16 Fighting Falcon.
2. (Squadron Nickname) 34th Bomb Squadron, that flew the B-52 Stratofortress, & currently the B-1 Lancer.

1. The Republic P-47/F-47 ground attack fighter.
2. The 11th Armored Division in Europe, during World War II.

Thunderbolt II-
Official name of the Fairchild-Republic A-10 ground attack & anti-tank aircraft.

1. (Squadron Nickname) VMF/VMFA-251, that operated the FJ Fury, F-8 Crusader, F-4 Phantom II & currently the F/A-18 Hornet. Saw service in the Persian Gulf War.
2. (Squadron Nickname) VA-176, that operated the AD Skyraider, A-4 Skyhawk & the A-6 Intruder. (Disestablished)
3. (Squadron Nickname) 389th Fighter Squadron, that flies the F-16 Falcon.

The Republic F-105, fighter-bomber. Originally designed as a tactical nuclear bomber.

The Republic RF-84F (RF-96A). A supersonic photo-reconnaissance aircraft.

Thundering Herd-
The 8th Armored Division, that served in Europe in World War II.

The Republic F-84, a sub-sonic jet ground attack fighter.

The Republic XF-91A. The unsuccessful successor to the F-84.

The Republic XF-84H, jet/propeller hybrid fighter.

(Nickname) Republic F-105D Thunderchief.

The Republic F-84F (F-96A). A Swept wing version of the F-84, which proved to be an excellent fighter bomber of the 1950’s.

Thunder From Heaven-
The 17th Airborne Infantry Division. (Phantom Division)

Thunder Thud-
(Nickname) Republic F-105 Thunderchief, in Vietnam.

(Nickname) USS Ticonderoga CV-14. An Essex Class Aircraft Carrier.

1. (Slang) Eager to Fight.
2. The Grumman F11F/F-11A Naval Interceptor.
3. The 10th Armored Division, which served in the European Theater in WWII.

Tiger of the Pacific-
(Nickname) USS Jenkins DD-447; a Fletcher Class Destroyer. The only ship to locate, attack & sink the USS Nautilus SSN-571; in war games.

The Grumman F7F, twin engine fighter designed to use on the Midway Class of aircraft carriers, beginning in 1945. Later served with Marine units in Korea.

1. (Squadron Nickname) VA-65, that flew the AD Skyraider, A-4 Skyhawk & A-6 Intruder. (Disestablished)
2. (Squadron Nickname) VT-9, that flew the T-2 Buckeye.
3. (Squadron Nickname) 85th Flying Training Squadron, that flies the T-37 Tweet.
4. (Squadron Nickname) 37th Bomb Squadron, that flew the B-52 Stratofortress, & currently the B-1 Lancer.
5. (Squadron Nickname) 393rd Bomb Squadron, that operated the B-29 Superfortress, B-47 Stratojet,
B-52 Stratofortress & currently the B-2 Spirit.
6. (Squadron Nickname) 79th Fighter Squadron, which flew the F-100 Super Sabre, F-111 Aardvark & currently the F-16 Falcon.
7. (Squadron Nickname) 152nd Fighter Squadron, that flies the F-16 Falcon, for the Arizona Air National Guard.
8. (Squadron Nickname) 141st Air Refueling Squadron, that operates the KC-135 for the New Jersey Air National Guard.
9. (Squadron Nickname) VP-8 which flies the P-3 Orion.
10. (Squadron Nickname) 53rd Fighter Squadron, which flew the F-16 Falcon. (Disestablished)

The Northrop F-20A. An unsuccessful & improved version of the F-5 Freedom Fighter. (Unsuccessful due to the General Dynamics F-16 replacing foreign F-5 units, that and their were no buyers).

Tiger Tails-
(Squadron Nickname) VAW-125, which flies the E-2 Hawkeye.

Tijuana Taxi-
(Nickname) USS Guadalupe AO-32.

The 104th Infantry Division, that saw service in World War II in Europe.

(Slang) Any Destroyer.

Tin Duck-
(British) Nickname for the HMS Iron Duke.

Tin Goose-
(Nickname) The Ford 5ATB/C-3 Tri-Motor, of the 1920’s & 1930’s.

Tinker Toy-
(Slang) Douglas A-4 Skyhawk, in Vietnam.

(Slang) A US helmet used in World War II, the Korean, and the Vietnam Wars.

Tiny Tim-
An 11.75 inch unguided aircraft rocket of World War II & the Korean War.

The Lockheed XB-68/SM-68 ICBM, that was modified for NASA’s Project Mercury, orbital launch boosters.

(Squadron Nickname) VMGRT-253, that flies the KC-130 Hercules.

Titless Wave-
(Slang) A male yeoman.

Tits Duty-
(Slang) An easy job or assignment.

Tits Up-
(Slang) Inoperative.

(Allied Codename) Japanese Nakajima Ki-44, fighter.

Tokyo Express-
(Slang) Japanese Barges escorted by Cruisers and Destroyers, that supplied the Japanese forces in the Solomon Islands.

Tokyo Tank-
(Nickname) An external fuel tank.

(Nickname) Tomahawk cruise missile.

The BGM-109, cruise missile.

The Grumman F-14, Fleet Defense Fighter. A tandem seat, twin engine/tail, with variable geometry wings.

(Squadron Nickname) VMA-311, that operated the A-4 Skyhawk & currently the AV-8 Harrier II. The unit saw service in Vietnam, Persian Gulf War & Afghanistan.

(Nickname) Grumman F-14.

(Nickname) Grumman F-14.

(WWII, Slang) A British Soldier, by US/German Soldiers.

Tommy Gun-
(Nickname) Thompson Machine Gun.

Tommy T-
(Nickname) USS Truxtun CGN-35. A Truxtun Class Nuclear Missile Cruiser.

(Allied Codename) Japanese Kawasaki Ki-61, fighter.

(Nickname) Major General Carl A. Spaatz, USAAF/USAF.

Top Cats-
(Squadron Nickname) VS-31, that flies the S-3 Viking.

(Squadron Nickname) VF-3/VF/VFA-31, that flew the F2F, F3F, F-4 Phantom II & currently the F/A-18 Hornet.

Top Dogs-
(Squadron Nickname) 61st Fighter Squadron, that operated the F-94 Starfire & currently the F-16 Falcon.

Top Gator-
(Nickname) USS Boxer LHD-4. A Wasp Class Amphibious Assault Ship.

Top Gun of the Pacific Fleet-
(Nickname) USS Ranger CV-61. A Forrestal Class Aircraft Carrier.

Top Hats-
(Squadron Nickname) 310th Fighter Squadron, that flies the F-16 Falcon.

(Squadron Nickname) VF/VFA-14, that operated the F4U Corsair, F-4 Phantom II, F-14 Tomcat & currently the F/A-18 Hornet.

Top Kick-
(Nickname) The top Sergeant, or the First Sergeant.

(Allied Codename) Japanese Mitsubishi Army Ki-57, Transport.

1. The North American B-45 medium bomber, of the Korean War.
2. The 8th Armored Division that served in Europe in World War II.

Torpedo Alley-
(Slang) The area in the North Atlantic Ocean, between Iceland & the British Isles; that was favorite the hunting grounds for U-Boat crews during World War I & World War II.

(Squadron Nickname) VP-69, that flies the P-3 Orion.

Totin’ Tigers-
(Squadron Nickname) 77th Air Refueling Squadron that operates the KC-135.

Toto Station-
US Navy ships assigned to the Red Sea, with the US 5th Fleet.

Tough O’mbres-
The 90th Infantry Division which served in World War I, and the European Theater in World War II.

The BGM-71C/M-22054 tube launched wire guided & optically tracked missile.

The Grumman S-2, carrierborne anti-submarine hunter.

The Grumman E-1, carrierborne AWACS aircraft of the 1950’s and 1960’s.

The Grumman C-1, carrier onboard delivery aircraft.

The Convair R3YU, air refueler and transport of the Navy.

1. The 70th Infantry Division, that served in Europe in World War II.
2. (Squadron Nickname) 39th Airlift Squadron, that flies the C-130 Hercules.

Trained Killer-
(Slang) A recent graduate of military technical school.

The Piasecki H-16, twin rotor helicopter.

Trash Hauler-
(Slang) An Air Force Cargo Plane.

Traveler’s Runs-
(Slang) Diarrhea that lasts for 1 or 2 days.

Triangle Hill-
A hill northwest of Kumhwa, South Korea.

The 97th Infantry Division, which served in Europe during World War II.

1. (Squadron Nickname) HS-3 that flies the SH-60 Sea Hawk.
2. (Squadron Nickname) VP-26 which operates the P-3 Orion.
3. (Squadron Nickname) VP-65, that flies the P-3 Orion.

Trinity Bomb-
The Alamogordo Bomb. The first nuclear bomb that was exploded.

Trip Trey’s-
(Squadron Nickname) VMF-333, that flew the FJ Fury, & F-8 Crusader. Renamed “Shamrocks”. (Disestablished)

Triple A-
(Short) Anti-Aircraft Artillery.

Triple Nickle-
(Squadron Nickname) 555th PS/FBS/TFS/FS which currently flies the F-16 Fighting Falcon. They previously flown the P-39 Airacobra, P-40 Warhawk, P-51 Mustang, during World War II; the F-80 Shooting Star,
F-84 Thunderjet, F-100 Super Sabre, & the F-4 Phantom II during the Vietnam War. The unit also participated in operations in Bosnia, Kosovo, & Iraq.

Tropic Lightning-
The 25th Infantry Division, that served in the Pacific in World War II, in the Korean War, and during the Vietnam War.

(Slang) Looking for a discharge for insanity reasons.

Trusty Tubbyjet-
(Nickname) The Rockwell T-2 Buckeye, Naval Jet Trainer.

Tub, The-
(Nickname) USS Franklin D. Roosevelt CV-42, a Midway Class Aircraft Carrier.

(Nickname) A mortar.

Tube of Pain-
(Nickname) The Lockheed C-141 Starlifter.

Tulsa Vipers-
(Squadron Nickname) 125th Fighter Squadron, that flies the F-16 Falcon, for the Oklahoma Air National Guard.

Tunnel Rats-
(Slang) A group of US soldiers who went after North Vietnamese and Viet Cong, in tunnels.

1. (Nickname) Grumman/General Motors TBF/TBM Avenger.
2. (Nickname) Grumman F-14 Tomcat.

Turn and Burn-
(Slang) To service an aircraft quickly and get it airborne again.

Turn Turtle-
(Slang) A ship that capsizes.

(Squadron Nickname) 701st Airlift Squadron, that flew the C-141 Starlifter, & currently the
C-17 Globemaster III.

The Cessna T-37, twin seat trainer.

Twin Bonanza-
The Beech L-23 liaison aircraft.

Twin Forked Devil-
(German) The Lockheed P-38 Lightning.

Twin Mustang-
The North American P-82/F-82, long range fighter-escort. Designed with two P-51 Mustang fuselages on one wing.

Twin Otter-
The DeHavilland Canada UV-18, Army utility plane.

Two Thousand Yard Stare-
(Slang) The look of a man who no longer cares.


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