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

1. (Nickname) USS Porterfield DD-682, a Fletcher Class Destroyer.
2. US Army Air Corps/Force designation for a Fighter Plane. (Pursuit)
3. Joint Service Designation for a Patrol Aircraft.

C-Ration can opener.

P-250 Handy Billy-
A gas operated portable water pump.

(Slang) Monetary Exchange.

P Boat-
(Nickname) Consolidated PBY Catalina, in World War II.

(Short) Pacific Air Force of the US Air Force. Formerly the Far East Air Force.

(Squadron Nickname) VF-121, that flew the F-4 Phantom II. (Disestablished)

(Slang) Landing Signal Officer.

(Nickname) Navy Chaplain.

(Slang) The image on a Radar Scope.

(Slang) Scanned by Radar.

Pair O’ Dice-
(Squadron Nickname) 90th Fighter Squadron, which operated the F-4 Phantom II, F-111 Aardvark,
A-10 Thunderbolt II & currently the F-15 Eagle.

Pallet Pushers-
(Slang) Air Transporters in the US Air Force, who load and unload cargo planes.

1. The 9th Infantry Division, that served in Europe during World War II and during the Vietnam War.
2. (WWII) To stall an aircraft just shy of landing, so all 3 wheels land at the same time.

Panic Rack-
(Slang) An Ejection Seat.

The Grumman F9F jet fighter of the Korean War.

1. (Squadron Nickname) 99th FTS, that operates the T-1 Jayhawk.
2. (Squadron Nickname) 84th FTS, which operated the T-37 Tweet & currently the Raytheon T-6 Texan.
3. (Squadron Nickname) 63rd FS, who flies the F-16 Fighting Falcon.
4. (Squadron Nickname) 394th Combat Training Squadron, that flies the T-38 Talon.
5. (Squadron Nickname) 13th FS, that flies the F-16 Falcon.
6. (Squadron Nickname) 494th FIS/FS, which flew the F-100 Super Sabre, & currently the F-15 Eagle.
7. (Squadron Nickname) 81st FS, that operates the A-10 Warthog.
8. (Squadron Nickname) VMAQ-2, which flies the EA-6 Prowler.

(Squadron Nickname) 35th Fighter Squadron, that operates the F-16 Falcon.

Codeword for the Letter P.

Papa Tiger-
(Nickname) Major General Claire E. Chennault, of the “Flying Tigers”.

(Nickname) Lt. Colonel Gregory Boyington, USMC, during World War II, leader of the famed “Black Sheep Squadron”.

(Nickname) Major General Earle E. Partridge, USAF; of the Korean War.

1. (Nickname) General John C. Fremont, USA; in the Civil War.
2. The Lockheed P-38L Lightning, in World War II. Named so due to the radar installed, which was used to guide other aircraft.

The MIM-104, anti-missile missile; first used in the Persian Gulf War.

(Squadron Nickname) VAQ-140, that operates the EA-6 Prowler.

Patriot Wing-
(Squadron Nickname) 337th Airlift Squadron, that flew the C-5 Galaxy. (Disestablished)

1. The M-48 Main Battle Tank.
2. The M-60 Main Battle Tank.

(Allied Codename) Japanese Aichi E16A reconnaissance/dive bomber. A development of the E13A.

(Short) Passengers.

Navy designation for Patrol Boat, River; used during the Vietnam War.

(Acronym) Permanent Change of Station.

Peaceful Ocean-
The Pacific Ocean.

The Convair B-36 and YB-60 Nuclear Bombers.

Peach Airlines-
(Squadron Nickname) VR-46, that flies the C-9 Skytrain II.

Peanut Special-
(British) The Grumman F4F Wildcat.

Pearl Harbor Avenger-
(Nickname) USS Bowfin, SS-287.

1. (Slang) A fighter pilot.
2. (Slang) A fighter plane.
3. The Boeing P-26 fighter.

(Slang) Heavy Fog.

Pecker Checker-
(Nickname) A Navy Doctor or Corpsman.

1. (Squadron Nickname) 9th Airlift Squadron, that flies the C-5 Galaxy.
2. (Squadron Nickname) 14th Airlift Squadron, that flew the C-141 Starlifter & currently the
C-17 Globemaster III.
3. (Squadron Nickname) VP-45, that flies the P-3 Orion.

Peeping Tom-
(Nickname) An F-14 equipped with a TARPS pod.

Peerless P-
(Nickname) USS Princeton CVL-23; an Independence Class Light Aircraft Carrier.

1. (Squadron Nickname) 729th Airlift Squadron, that operates the C-141 Starlifter.
2. (Squadron Nickname) HMH-463, who operates the CH-53 Super Stallion.

(Allied Codename) Japanese Mitsubishi Army Ki-67 bomber.

(WWII) A journalist.

Pencil Pushers-
(Slang) Air Force Member who does not fly.

(Slang) Air Force Member who does not fly.

(Nickname) USS Pennsylvania BB-38, a Pennsylvania Class Battleship.

Penis Machinist-
(Nickname) Navy Corpsman.

(Allied Codename) Japanese Kawasaki Army Ki-10, fighter.

The M-26 Main Battle Tank, of the Korean War.

1. (Allied Codename) Japanese Mitsubishi Navy F1M2, seaplane.
2. (Nickname) Vice Admiral Marc A. Mitscher.

Peter Dash Flash-
(Nickname) North American P-51 Mustang.

(Squadron Nickname) 3rd Flying Training Squadron, that flies the T-6 Texan II.

Navy designation for Patrol Frigate. During World War II.

(Slang) “Popular Forces”. Vietnamese recruited from local villages and trained to defend their villages.

(Acronym) Pure Fucking Magic.

The Mark 16, 20mm Close In Weapons Support system (CIWS). The last line of defense for missiles and aircraft, throughout the US Navy.

1. The McDonnell FH. The Navy’s first jet fighter.
2. The 9th Armored Division, which saw service in Europe during World War II.

Phantom II-
The McDonnell-Douglas F-4 (F4H). The most popular fighter of the free world during the 1960’s and 1970’s, over 5,000 produced.

Phantom Knights-
(Squadron Nickname) 558th Flying Training Squadron, that operates the T-6 Texan II.

Phantom of the Yellow Sea-
(Nickname) USS Sicily CVE-118, a Commencement Bay Class Escort Carrier.

Phil Sea-
(Nickname) USS Philippine Sea CV-47. An Essex Class Aircraft Carrier.

The 12th Infantry Division, that saw service in World War II in the Pacific.

1. The AIM-54 missile, exclusively used on the Grumman F-14 Tomcat.
2. (Squadron Nickname) 964th AACS, which flies the E-3 Sentry.
3. (Squadron Nickname) HMT-302, that operates the CH-53 Super Stallion.

Photo Joe-
(Slang) A pilot in a single seat, high altitude/speed reconnaissance aircraft.

(Nickname) The Boeing/Vertol CH-46 Sea Knight.

(Slang) An aerial torpedo.

The Mohawk XPT-7, monoplane trainer of the early 1930’s.

1. (Nickname) Marine AMTRAC (Amphibious Tractor), in World War II.
2. (Nickname) Browning M60 Machine Gun.

Pig Boat-
1. (Nickname) The Consolidated PBY Catalina.
2. (WWII, Slang) A Submarine.

Pig Crossing-
(Slang) Unprotected bomber deep inside German Territory during World War II.

Pig Palace-
(Navy Slang) A bar populated with ugly women and watered down booze.

Pig of the Port-
(Navy Slang) The least attractive woman brought aboard during a port visit.

Pig Stick-
(Navy) A staff which the ship’s commission pennant is flown.

Pilot Maker-
(Nickname) North American AT-6 Texan, in World War II.

(Nickname) Bell RP-63 King Cobra.

(Allied Codename) Japanese Mitsubishi Navy K3M, Trainer.

(Allied Codename) Hawaiian Islands, during World War II.

Pineapple Air Force-
(Allied Codename) Army Air Force defenders of the Hawaiian Islands.

Pineapple Run-
An escort run for destroyers in World War II; between the West Coast and Hawaii.

1. To transmit on active sonar.
2. To bounce around or wander aimlessly.

(Slang) A Jet Engine.

Pirate of the Pacific-
(Nickname) USS Kidd DD-661, a Fletcher Class Destroyer.

(Australian Slang) Beer.

Piss Ant-
(Navy Slang) Yard Worker.

Piss Cutter-
(Slang) Garrison Cap.

Pissy Pete-
(Nickname) USS Putnam DD-757; an Allen M. Sumner Class Destroyer.

(Slang) The Weapons System Officer, onboard the F-4 Phantom II.

Placid Plodder-
(Nickname) Douglas C-47 Skytrain.

Plastic Bug-
(Nickname) McDonnell-Douglas/Boeing F/A-18 Hornet.

Plumber’s Nightmare-
(Nickname) Curtiss C-46 Commando, Transport.

(Codeword) A Pipeline which was laid under the English Channel, during World War II, for oil & gas supplies.

(Slang) A small town.

Pogey Bait-
(Navy) Candy

Pogey Bait Clerk-
(Navy) Someone who has a cushiony/easy job.

Convair XFV-1, VTOL fighter.

Police Action-
The official term to describe the Korean War.

Polka Dots-
(Squadron Nickname) VMSB/VMTB/VMF-332, that flew the SBD Dauntless, TBM Avenger, F6F Hellcat, &
F4U Corsair, during World War II & Korea.

(Nickname) 40mm Bofors anti aircraft guns.

(Slang) The Atlantic Ocean.

(Slang) Information.

Poor Mans Mustang-
(Nickname) Ryan L-17 Navion, trainer.

Poor Richard-
(Nickname) USS Bonhomme Richard CV-31, an Essex Class Aircraft Carrier. She was the only carrier to serve in World War II, the Korean War and during the Vietnam War.

(Nickname) Brigadier General Hayward S. Hansell.

Pork Chop Hill-
Name of a hill on the stabilized front, in Korea.

Pork Sword-
(New Zealand) Penis.

A bomb crater.

(Acronym) Privately Owned Vehicle.

The 33rd Infantry Division, which served in World War I and in the Pacific in World War II.

1. A crash or collision.
2. To stand a plane on end.

The RQ-1, drone.

Pregnant Beast-
(Nickname) Grumman/General Motors TBF/TBM Avenger.

Pregnant Cow-
(Nickname) Consolidated B-24 Liberator, of World War II.

Pregnant Pig-
(Nickname) Lockheed PV-1 Harpoon/B-34 Lexington, during World War II.

Pregnant Whale-
(Nickname) Curtiss C-46 Commando.

(Squadron Nickname) 35th Flying Training Squadron, that operated the T-37 Tweet. (Disestablished)

Priest- The M-7 105mm mobile howitzer, of World War II.

(Nickname) USS Nassau CVE-16, a Bogue Class Escort Carrier.

Pro’s Nest-
(Squadron Nickname) VP-30 that flies the P-3 Orion.

(Squadron Nickname) VAH/VA-123, that flew the A-3 Skywarrior & A-6 Intruder. (Disestablished)

Project Rainbow-
(Codename) Better known as the “Philadelphia Experiment”, in June 1943. The idea was to make the
USS Eldridge DE-173, disappear by electronic camouflage.

Prop Wash-
1. Propeller Backwash.
2. (Slang) Gossip, Nonsense.

Proud Warriors-
(Squadron Nickname) HSL-42, which operates the SH-60 Seahawk.

The Fairchild C-123, light transport aircraft, used during the Vietnam War.

(Squadron Nickname) VRC-30 that flies the C-2 Greyhound.

The Grumman EA-6, Electronic Jamming Aircraft. Served during the Persian Gulf War, Kosovo, and the War with Iraq.

(Nickname) White phosphorous air to ground rockets, during the Vietnam War.

Prune Barge-
(Nickname) for the USS California BB-44, a Tennessee Class Battleship.

Army Air Force designation for Pursuit Squadron. Fighter Squadrons of World War II.

1. Navy designation for Patrol Torpedo Boats, of World War II.
2. US Army Air Corps/Force designation for a Primary Trainer.

Pucker Factor-
The level of anxiety experienced by aircrews.

Puff the Magic Dragon-
(Nickname) AC-47 that saw service in Vietnam.

(Slang) Somebody that does another job, or in another service.

Pukin’ Dogs-
(Squadron Nickname) VF-143, that flew the F-4 Phantom II & F-14 Tomcat. (Disestablished)

Punch Elvis-
(Slang) To eject from an aircraft.

Punch Out-
1. To eject from an aircraft.
2. To go home or leave for an amount of time.

Name of a hill south of the Stabilized Front, in Korea.

Punji Stakes-
Sharpened stakes of bamboo, dipped in animal excreta, to cause infection. This was a Vietnamese torture method against French and American troops.

Purple Foxes-
(Squadron Nickname) HMM-364, which flies the CH-46 Sea Knight.

Purple Heart Box-
(Slang) A US halftrack.

Purple Heart Corner-
(WWII) The last plane, in the lowest row in a formation.

(Nickname) The Cessna O-2 Skymaster, which was service in Vietnam.

Puzzle Palace-
(Slang) The Pentagon.


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