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L

Left

LADD

Low Angle Drogue Delivery

Ladder

Three or more groups/contacts/formations in trail.

Lag Corner

A maneuver, executed from an offensive position, where excess energy is used to drive to defender's blind cone, then a high G turn is used to solve angle off. This maneuver is only effective if the attacker has an obvious turn performance advantage.

Lag Pursuit

An attack geometry that will cause the attacker to fly behind the target.

Lag Pursuit Attack

An attack geometry that will cause the attacker to fly behind the target. The nose of the attacking aircraft remains pointed behind the defender. (At some point a successful attack will usually have to transition to pure / lead pursuit.)

Lag Roll

A rolling maneuver, executed from an offensive position, performed opposite the direction of target turn in an attempt to reduce aspect angle and/ or control closure. Used to achieve rear aspect heat missile parameters.

Lantirn

Low-altitude navigation and targeting, infrared for night.

Lateral (Pitch) Axis

A reference line running left and right through the center of gravity of an airplane.

LAU

Launcher Armament Unit

lb, LB

Pound(s)

LB/HR

Pounds per Hour

LB/MIN

Pounds per Minute

LCC

Land Component Commander.

LCO

Limit Cycle Oscillation

LCOS

Lead Computing Optical Sight

LD

Load or Low Drag

LE

Leading Edge

Lead Pursuit

An attack geometry that will cause the attacker to fly in front of the target.

Lead Pursuit Attack

An attack geometry that will cause the attacker to fly in front of the target. The nose of the attacker's aircraft remains pointed ahead of the defender's aircraft.

Lead Turn

A turn which is initiated prior to passing the opponents 3/9 line.

LEF'S

Leading Edge Flaps

Lethal Envelope

The envelope within which the parameters can be met for successful employment of a munition by a particular weapons system.

LG

Landing Gear

LGB

Laser-Guided Bomb.

Line Abreast

Two groups/contacts/formations/aircraft side-by-side.

Line Of Sight Rate

An image's rate of movement across the canopy.

Line Up

Fighter briefing to FAC.

Line-Of-Sight (Los)

LOS - An imaginary straight line from an observer's eye to a target.

LITENING

Low Altitude Infrared Targeting and Navigation Pod

LLTR

Low-Level Transit Route (NATO).

LMLG

Left Main Landing Gear

LOC

Line of Communication.

Local Talent

Derogatory term used to desribe any female living near an Air Force Base who does nothing but have sex and use airmen for money. Said females have usually been married and divorced at least three times before they turn 25.

Locked (Bra/Direction)

Final radar lock-on; sort is not assumed

LOD

Light-Off Detector

LOMEZ

Low Missile Engagement Zone (NATO).

Longitudinal (Roll) Axis

A reference line running fore and aft through the center of gravity of an airplane.

LORAN

Long-Range Navigation.

LOS

Line-of-Sight A line from the pilot's eye to the object (usually target) being viewed.

Low

Target altitude below 10,000 feet AGL

Low Yo-Yo

A maneuver, executed from an offensive position, used to close on the target aircraft by the effective use of cutoff and acceleration.

LOX

Liquid Oxygen

LPU

Life Preserver Unit

LRU

Line Replaceable Unit

LTS

Lights

Lufberry

A circular stagnated fight with no participant having an advantage.

LWD

Left Wing Down