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R.O.A.D.

Retired On Active Duty, refers to someone who is approaching retirement so they don't care about getting any real work accomplished.

Ra

Maximum aerodynamic missile range.

RAD

Radio (e.g., RAD 1 or RAD 2)

Radial G

The vectored sum of cockpit G and gravity.

Ranch House (Altitude)

Directive or informative indicating subject fighters will return to CAP.

Range Wind

That component of a wind that is parallel to the attack axisi.e., headwind or tailwind.

Rapid City Freestyle

Launching an aircraft as quickly as possible, disregarding normal procedure. Originally from the Alert Launches of B-52’s at Ellsworth Air Force Base (formally Rapid City AFB, Iowa). "I'm late Chief. Sure thing Captain, one Rapid City Freestlye coming up."

RAT

Ram-Air Turbine

Rate Of Turn

Rate of change of heading, normally measured in degrees per second.

Raygun (Position/Azimuth/Altitude)

Radar lock-on to unknown aircraft. Request Buddy Spike/Naked reply.

RCC

Rescue Coordination Center.

RCFI

Radio Channel/Frequency Indicator

RCPU

Replacement Central Processing Unit

RCR

Runway Condition Reading

RCVV

Rear Compressor Variable Vanes

RDR

Radar

RDY

Ready

Recce

Reconnaissance.

Red (Risk Estimate Distances)

Reference MCM 3-1, Volume VIII. These distances are reasonable figures for employing weapons near friendly forces in combat and are not minimum safe distances for peacetime training use.

Reference (Direction)

Directive to assume stated heading.

Reference (Heading)

Heading to fly as directed by the flight lead. Reference 270.

REL

Release

Relative Wind

The oncoming, instantaneous wind. For practical purposes, the direction of the relative wind is exactly opposite the flight path of the airplane.

Reno

Indicates that more than one radar contact is observed and aircrew is able to distinguish the assigned target from chicks. Does not imply sorted.

REO

Radar/Electro-Optical

RER

Radial Error Rate

Reroll

To have planned event or location changed by HHQ while airborne

RET SRCH

Return to Search

Reversal

A counter-offensive rolling maneuver designed to reverse roles on an attacker after he overshoots.

Rifle

AGM-65 launch.

RISC

Reduced Instruction Set Computing

RIT

Reduced Idle Thrust

RLG

Ring Laser Gyro

Rmax

Maximum weapons range.

RMFD

Right Multi Functional Display, as opposed to the LMFD on the left.

Rmin

Minimum weapons range.

RMLG

Right Main Landing Gear

RNDS

Rounds (gun)

RNG

Ranging

ROCC

Regional Operations Control Center.

Rockeye (Mk 20)

CBU with armor-piercing capability.

ROE

Rules of Engagement.

Roger

Indicates aircrew understands the radio transmission; does not indicate compliance or reaction.

Rolling Scissors

A series of rolling maneuvers in which each of two opposing aircraft is attempting to roll to his opponent's 6 o'clock. An energy depleting, maximum performance situation which frequently ends up in a slow speed, high AOA descent.

ROZ

Restricted Operating Zone (NATO). Temporary area restricted from fighter aircraft due to specialized operations.

rpm, RPM

Revolutions per Minute

RS

Return to Search

RSVR

Reservoir

RT

Retarded

RTB

Return To Base

RTWS

Radar Threat Warning System

Rumba

Ownship maneuvering and ranging (OMAR), F-15 angle on ranging (AOR), F-16.

Run/Running (Direction)

Directive/Informative. Perform a defensive maneuver to place the threat radar/missile on the tail.

RV

Receive Variable

RWD

Right Wing Down

RWR

Radar Warning Receiver