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F-Pole

The distance from the launching aircraft to the target at missile impact.

FAC

Forward Air Controller.

FACE

Fatigue Analysis & Combat Evaluation System

FACP

Forward Air Control Post (radar station).

Faded

Previous radar contact is lost

FALT ACK

Fault Acknowledge

Fast

Target speed is estimated to be 600 knots ground mach 1 or greater.

FC

Flight Control

FCC

Flight Control Computer

FCF

Functional Check Flight

FCNP

Fire Control/Navigation Panel

FCR

Fire Control Radar

FCS

Flight Control System

FEBA

Forward edge of the battle area as set during the scenario briefing.

Feet Wet/Dry

Flying over water/land.

Fence

Boundary separating hostile and friendly area.

Fence Check

Set cockpit switches as appropriate.

FF

Fuel Flow

FFAR

Folding Fin Aircraft Rocket

FFP

Fuel Flow Proportioner

Fighter Dope

Request for bearing and range to friendly aircraft.

FIGMO

Forget it, I Got My Orders. Sometimes (usually) the first word is a more colorful F-word. Used when someone has orders to PCS and doesn't much care about doing anything useful in his current assignment. "Time to PT." "FIGMO!" "When are you gonna have that done?" "FIGMO!" "You need a checkride." "FIGMO!" "Your turn to plan the Christmas Party." "FIGMO!"

Flank/Flanking

Target with a stable aspect of 120 deg. to 150 deg.

Flares

Flares have been detected or directive to deploy flares.

Flash (Mode)

Temporary activation of IFF transponder on desired mode/code.

FLCC

Flight Control Computer

FLCP

Flight Control Panel

FLCS

Flight Control System

Flight Suit Insert

A pilot. Also “Stick Actuator”, “Drag in a Bag”and “Stick-Throttle Interconnect”

FLIR

Forward-looking infrared.

Float

Directive/informative to expand the formation laterally within visual limits to maintain a radar contact or prepare for a defensive response.

FLOT

Forward Line of Own Troops.

FM

Frequency Modulation

FMC

Full Mission Capable

FO

Foldout

FOD

Foreign Object Damage

Follow Dolly

Follow data-link commands.

FORM

Formation

Fox

Air-to-air weapons employment.

Fox Four

Bomber gunner has simulated firing on a target.

Fox Mike

VHF/FM radio.

Fox One

Simulated/actual launch of semi-active radar-guided missile.

Fox Three

Simulated/actual launch of active radar-guided missile

Fox Two

Simulated/actual launch of infrared-guided missile.

fpm, FPM

Feet per Minute, Flight Path Marker

FPR

Flight Profile Recorder Pod

FR

Forward/Right

Frag

Fragmentary Order (ATO).

FSCL

Fire Support Coordination Line.

ft, FT

Feet

FTIT

Fan Turbine Inlet Temperature

FUF

Fucker Up Front. Pilot in two seat aircraft such as an F-4 Phantom.

Fur ball

A confused aerial engagement with many combatants. Several aircraft in tight ACM

Furball

A turning fight involving multiple aircraft.

Fuselage Reference Line (Frl)

A basic reference line extending through the fuselage, parallel to the longitudinal axis of the aircraft.

FWD

Forward