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Hamburger

A pilot of less-than-adequate skill. Hamburger in any wrapper is still hamburger, like a crappy pilot in any jet is still a crappy pilot. Reference to the effects of getting shot down on the appearance of the human body.

Hangar Queen

An aircraft that suffers chronic “downs”; hangar queens are often pirated for spares for the squadron’s other aircraft, so when the aircraft leave the carrier at the end of the cruise, the maintenance officer normally flies the hangar queen because he knows which parts have been taken (the “queen’s” ejection seats are especially well preflighted).

Hard (Direction)

High-G, energy sustaining turn.

Hard Turn

Maximum G turn sustaining energy. Whether to use AB or not is a briefing item.

HARM

High Speed Antiradiation Missile, AGM 88.

Harmonization

The adjustment of a gun and sight of an aircraft so that when within effective range, the tracking index will indicate the impact point of the bullets.

Hassle

Two or more aircraft involved in an air combat maneuver.

Have Quick

A UHF jam-resistant radio.

Hawk

Staying above the flight.

HCA

Heading Crossing Angle; the angle formed by the intersection of the fighter's present heading, and the target's present heading.

HDG

Heading

HDG SEL

Heading Select

Head

Target with an aspect of 160 deg. to 180 deg.

Head on a Swivel

Keeping an eye peeled for an ACM adversary; also called “doing the Linda Blair,” for the 360-degree head rotation in the movie The Exorcist

Heads Down

Call to infom aircrew that leader/wingman is head-down in the cockpit and wingman/leader is responsible for clearing.

Heads Up (Direction/Altitude)

Enemy/bogey got through; no kill.

HF

High Frequency

Hg

Mercury

HIAC

HARM interface adaptor computer.

HIDACZ

High Density Airspace Control Zone.

High

Target above 30,000 feet MSL.

High Angle (Snap) Shot

A gun shot made with a high track-crossing angle, normally attempted because a tracking shot was not possible or desired.

High Deflection Gunshot

Gun attack during which the fighter is firing as the bandit passes through the pipper at high angle-off. Tracking is impossible due to excessive line-of-sight rate of the bandit. High deflection gun shots normally terminate in close-in overshoots of the target's flight path by the attacker.

High Yo-Yo

An out of plane offensive BFM performed to control overtake while closing from a low aspect. Also used to reduce aspect angle.

HIMAD

High- and Medium-Altitude Air Defense.

HIMEZ

High Missile Engagement Zone (NATO).

Hit

Radar return in search (A/A). Weapons impact within lethal distance (air-to-ground [A/G]).

HMCS

Helmet Mounted Cueing System

HMD

Helmet Mounted Display

HMFIC

The Head Motherfucker in Charge

HMQS

Helmet Mounted Queing System

Hold Down

Directive to key transmitter for DF steer.

Holding Hands

Aircraft are joined in formation, implies visual contact by all flight members.

Home Plate

Home airfield.

Hook (Left or Right)

Directive to perform an in-place 180 deg. turn.

Hooking (Left or Right)

Directive/information call to approach target from a single/indicated side.

Hostile

A contact positively identified as enemy in accordance with (IAW) operational command ROE.

Hot

In context; attack geometry will result in rollout in front of the target; or on a leg of the CAP pointing toward the anticipated threats (A/A). Ordnance employment authorized, expected, or completed (A/G).

Hot Side

The side of the REO where the collision antenna train angle is located.

Hotel Fox

HF radio.

Hound Dog

Call made by supporting fighter or a wingman indicating he has visual, tally, and a clear path to the bandit and is in an advantageous position to engage. Clock position and distance are normally added to indicate bandit position relative to the flight, or wingman position relative to the leader.

HSI

Horizontal Situation Indicator

HTS

HARM Targeting System

HUD

Head-Up Display

Hunter-Killer

Flight mix of F-4C; Wild Weasel and other aircraft employed in SEAD operations.

HYD

Hydraulic

HYDRAZN

Hydrazine

Hz

Hertz