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C02

Carbon Dioxide

C02

Carbon Dioxide

CADC

Central Air Data Computer

CAG

Carrier Air Group.

CAG

Commander, Air Group. The officer (usually a captain) in charge of the air wing on a carrier.

Can Bird

Usually the Hangar Queen but it can be any aircraft that has been designated to have parts cannibalized from it.

CAP

Combat Air Patrol. Refers to either a specific phase of an air-to-air mission or the geographic location of the fighter's surveillance orbit during an air-to-air mission or to committing against a threat.

Cap/Cap(Location)

An orbit at a specified location. Establish a combat air patrol at (location).

CAPRE

Common Aircraft Portable Reprogramming Equipment

CARA

Combined Altitude Radar Altimeter

CAS

Close Air Support.

CAS

Close Air Support.

CAS Stack

A specified working area while performing a CAS mission.

Cata

Collision Antenna Train Angle. The azimuth of your radar antenna when tracking (locked on) a target that is on a collision course with your aircraft.

CAVTR

Color Airborne Video Tape Recorder

CBU

Cluster Bomb Unit.

CCA

Command and Control Agency.

CCIP

Continuously Computed Impact Point

CCIP

Common Configuration Implementation Program

CCRP

Continuously Computed Release Point

CCT

Combat Control Team.

CCW

Counterclockwise

CDI

Course Deviation Indicator

Cell

Two or more tankers/bombers flying in formation.

CENC

Convergent Exhaust Nozzle Control

CFF

Composite force training or con formal fuel tank.

CFSDR

Crash Survivable Flight Data Recorder

CFT

Conformal Fuel Tanks - They form fit into the top of the fuselage of the F-16 and can carry approximately 3,000 pounds of additional fuel.

Cg

Center Of Gravity - That point along the horizontal axis, fore and aft of which airplane weight is equal.

Chaff

Chaff is a passive form of electronic countermeasure used to deceive airborne or ground-based radar.

Chaff

Chaff is a passive form of electronic countermeasure used to deceive airborne or ground-based radar.

Chaff/ Flare

Directive to deploy CHAFF and / or FLARES and deselect AB (Situation permitting). Often added immediately after directing a flight member to do a defensive maneuver. Also informative by one using Chaff/Flare(s) as a reminder to his partner to use them when necessary.

Champagne

An attack of three distinct groups with two in front and one behind. The leading two groups are attempting to bracket with the trailing third group flying up the middle.

CHAN

Channel

Chandelle Turn

A near vertical turn up, used to attack a high bandit from a medium to front quarter aspect. Does not require as much altitude separation as the Immelmann turn. Should terminate in a rear hemisphere weapons envelope with overtake.

Chattermark

Begin using briefed radio procedures to counter comm jamming.

Cheap Shot

A qualifying statement to indicate the shot had low probability of success.

Check ( )

A directive statement made to momentarily monitor (specified items/systems).No response is required if status is normal.

Check Angels /Fuel

An information statement made by GCI to aircrew ng ACBT. No aircrew response required.

Check Left/Right

By GCI: Alter course ( ) degrees left or right momentarily for airborne search positioning, then resume original heading. By Flight Lead: Alter course to new heading, 30 degrees if not specified.

Chicks

Friendly fighter aircraft.

Christmas Tree

Directive to briefly turn on exterior lights to enable visual acquisition.

Circle (Right/Left)

Flight-lead-directed defensive maneuver in which the flight establishes a circular holding pattern for mutual support.

CIU

Central Interface Unit

CIVV's

Compressor Inlet Variable Vanes

Cl Max

Maximum Coefficient of Lift. Occurs at that angle of attack at which lift is maximum, thereby creating the maximum turn rate and maximum G loading for any condition of flight.

CLARA

Term used by Navy pilots on carrier landings when you roll out on final and do not see the "ball" in the optical landing system.

Clean

No radar contacts; used to confirm a good battle damage check (i.e., no air-to-surface ordnance remaining on the wingman's aircraft).

Clear

No enemy aircraft are a threat to your rear quadrantthat is, your six is clear. Also used when flight lead is authorizing change of command or role swap for wingman from supporting to engaged.

Cleared

Requested action is authorized (no engaged/support roles are assumed).

Cleared Dry

Ordnance release not authorized.

Cleared Hot

Ordnance release is authorized.

Clock Code

Description of position using the aircraft as a reference: the nose is 12 o'clock; the tail is 6 o'clock.

Close Control

A mode of control varying from providing vectors to providing complete assistance including altitude, speed, and heading.

Closing

Bandit/bogey/target is getting closer in range.

Closure

Relative velocity of one aircraft in relation to another.

CMDS

Counter measures defensive system

CMS

Counter Measures Set (ALQ-213)

CMWS

Common Missile Warning System

Cold

In context; attack geometry will result in a pass or roll out behind the target; or, on a leg of the CAP pointed away from the anticipated threats. Air-to-surface, dry or no-ordnance attack.

Cold Side

The side of the RED opposite that where collision antenna train angle occurs.

Collision Course

A flight path along which an aircraft is directed towards a point at which it will collide with another aircraft.

Comao

Combined Air Operations. Combat Separation (AWACS) See classified description para 4-2(b)5. Combined Multinational. Comm Jamming Attempt to interrupt communications.

Comeback High/ Low/Left/Right

Informative call requesting the addressed fighter to reposition accordingly.

Comeoff (Left/Right/High/Low/Dry)

A directive to maneuver as indicated to either regain mutual support or to deconflict flight paths for an exchange of engaged and supporting roles. Implies both "visual" and "tally."

Committed/Commit

Fighter intent to engage/intercept; weapons director (WD) continues to provide information.

Comparison Diagram

A chart comparing turn rate, radius, and excess power for two different aircraft. Also called energy/maneuvering (E/M) diagrams.

Compass Call

A C^3CM platform.

Composite Force Training

Scenarios employing multiple flights of aircraft, each under the direction of its own flight leader. Requires a minimum of three different types of aircraft in three different mission roles.

Condition Of Vulnerability

A condition with the defender in the lethal envelope of the attacker's weapon system. It is possible for combatants to arrive at a mutual condition of vulnerability, particularly during a head-on pass.

Coneheads

Electronic specialists. “Call the Coneheads, the radar is Tits Up again.”

CONFIG

Configuration

Conning

Leaving contrails or otherwise marking aircraft position (used to indicate opponent's contrails)

CONT

Control

Contact

Radar and/or IR pick-up at the stated position. Position usually stated in magnetic bearing, range, altitude (BRA), Bullseye, or geographic position format if locked on. Friend or foe unknown.

Continue

Continue present maneuver; does not imply clearance to engage or expend ordnance.

Corner Velocity

Minimum speed at which maximum allowable aircraft G can be attained. Minimum turn radius and maximum rate are achieved by most aircraft types at corner velocity. The F-16?s unique flight control character are such that it doesn't have a corner velocity in this classic sense.

Counteroffensive Maneuvering

Maneuvers which are performed by an aircraft under attack and which are designed to negate the present threat and proceed to an offensive position as the attacker.

Cover

Directive to assume briefed support position and responsibilities.

CPDG

Color Programmable Display Generator

CR

Control and Reporting.

Crank (Direction)

F-Pole maneuver; implies illuminating target at radar gimbal limits.

CRC

Control and Reporting Center.

CRIU

Conventional Remote Interface Unit

Cross Turn/Cross

A 180 heading reversal by a flight where aircraft turn into each other.

CRP

Control and Reporting Post.

CRS

Course

CRV

Canadian Rocket Vehicle

CS

Antipersonnel chemical incapacitating agent (tear gas).

CSA

Command Servo Actuator - The brain of the PDU, it is an electrical motor that is connected to the PDU by a mechanical arm linkage, this linkage tells the PDU which way to move the LEF's

CSAR

Combat Search and Rescue.

CSD

Constant-Speed Drive

CSMU

Crash Survivable Memory Unit

CTVS

Cockpit Television Sensor

Cutoff

Request for, or directive to, intercept using cutoff geometry.

CW

Clockwise

CWI

Continuous Wave Illuminator

C^2

Command and Control.

C^3

Command, Control, and Communications.

C^3Cm

Command, Control, and Communications Countermeasures.

C^3I

Command, Control, Communications, and Intelligence.