Trying something new on the blog today: a contest!
The prize is one of Flight's famous cutaway posters of the Lockheed Martin F-22.
l'll give everybody a week. The challenge: come up with a military aircraft acronym that makes sense, but could never actually exist. I'll give you two examples.
1) Ever heard of the Hornet Industry Team (HIT), which makes the F/A-18? The acronym that will never exist: the Super Hornet Industry Team (er, get it?).
2) Have you also heard of the Hornet Autonomous Real-time Targeting (HART) system, also an F/A-18-based project? The acronym that will never exist: the Falcon Autonomous Real-time Targeting system, with thanks to The Woracle for coming up with that one.
The prize winner will be announced next Thursday at 2 pm. The prize can be mailed or delivered in person, if you're local to the Washington DC area. If you prefer to make anonymous suggestions, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Let the contest begin!
[UPDATE: The first (anonymous) submittals have arrived, and RIPOFF has taken the early lead! Here's the list:
Chinook Rear-Hemisphere Attack Sensor Halo (CRASH)
Predator Unintentional Kinetic Event Detector (PUKED)
Raptor Incident Prevention Override Failsafe Function (RIPOFF) (used by LMCO staffers to keep execs out of trouble with GAO)
Apache (or Aviation) System Simulation High Altitude Trainer (ASSHAT)
Joint Air Controller Accident Survivability Simulation (JAC ASS)
Keep them coming!]