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Unread post08 Nov 2017, 01:02

durahawk wrote:At Nellis at least, the leading contender seems to be simply “Bolt” but time will tell if that catches on AF wide...


... even has the lightning ... though he was pretty clueless at the start :mrgreen:
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Unread post08 Nov 2017, 01:52

I still like Xwing (there ya go spaz... <Enter> <Enter> <Enter>)...

But Bolt works. There is some kind of word relationship between bolt and beast I can't quite put my finger on. It also refers obliquely back to the P-47 Thunderbolt which was rather chunky compared to the lithe lines of the Spitfire and the magnificent Mustang. The F-35 is similarly kinda "chunky" compared to its contemporaries (Rafale, F-16, Eurofighter).
Take an F-16, stir in a little A-7, bake, then sprinkle on a generous helping of F-117. What do you get? An F-35.
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Unread post08 Nov 2017, 06:22

Maybe Lightning in another language???



For example in Japanese.....Shinden (震電, "Magnificent Lightning") or Senden (閃電"Flashing Lighting") or Shiden (紫電 "Violet Lightning")
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Unread post08 Nov 2017, 13:20

what would bolt of lightning or lightning bolt be in Japanese?
Take an F-16, stir in a little A-7, bake, then sprinkle on a generous helping of F-117. What do you get? An F-35.
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Unread post08 Nov 2017, 13:32

It would be the following 13-stroke kanji : 雷

Which reads kaminari : https://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/%E9%9B%B7#Etymology_1
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Unread post11 Dec 2017, 07:08

Surprised it appears to have not yet been suggested...

Tiger

Or as spaz posted in another thread

Tyger

How about

Flying Tyger

Could be prescient if southeast Asia gets loud again.
Take an F-16, stir in a little A-7, bake, then sprinkle on a generous helping of F-117. What do you get? An F-35.
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Unread post11 Dec 2017, 21:22

Okay, I'm going to weigh in.

I don't know what the pilots will end up calling it ... but ...

The adversaries going against it, air, sea or ground, will definitely call it the "What The ...?!" (as in WTF!)

So we might as well go ahead and call it the Whatthe.

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Unread post12 Dec 2017, 03:46

iBolt to recognize it's highly digitalized.
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Unread post12 Dec 2017, 03:55

blindpilot wrote:Okay, I'm going to weigh in.

I don't know what the pilots will end up calling it ... but ...

The adversaries going against it, air, sea or ground, will definitely call it the "What The ...?!" (as in WTF!)

So we might as well go ahead and call it the Whatthe.

MHO,
BP


This is definitely my favorite. Great idea as always.
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Unread post12 Dec 2017, 03:56

Corsair1963 wrote:Maybe Lightning in another language???



For example in Japanese.....Shinden (震電, "Magnificent Lightning") or Senden (閃電"Flashing Lighting") or Shiden (紫電 "Violet Lightning")


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