ABBREVIATIONS & ACRONYMS

AASB Arizona Aircraft Storage Branch (1956 - 1965)
was: 4105th Aircraft Storage Depot (1945 - 1948), then
3040th Aircraft Storage Depot (1948 - 1949), then
3040th Aircraft Storage Squadron (1949 - 1956).
became: MASDC.
AEW&C Airborne Early Warning & Control
AMARC Aerospace Maintenance and Regeneration Center (1985 - present)
was: MASDC.
AMC Air Mobility Command
AMI Aeronautica Militare Italiana (Italian Air Force)
ANG Air National Guard
ASW Air-Sea Warfare / Anti-Submarine Warfare
   
c/n Construction number
CAF Canadian Armed Forces (1968 - present)
CTOL Conventional Take-Off and Landing
   
ECM Electronic Counter Measures
ELINT ELectronic INTelligence
FAA Federal Aviation Administration
FMS Foreign Military Sales
(Purchases made by nations without US funding assistance).
   
GPS Global Positioning System
   
HBR High Bypass Ratio (refers to jet engines)
   
IIAF Imperial Iranian Air Force
   
JASDF Japan Air Self Defense Force
JGSDF Japan Ground Self Defense Force
JMSDF Japan Maritime Self Defense Force
   
MAP Military Assistance Program
(Sales made to foreign nations using US funding).
MASDC Military Aircraft Storage and Disposition Center (1965 - 1985)
became: AMARC.
MDAP Mutual Defense Acquisition Program
   
NASA National Aeronautics & Space Administration
NATO North Atlantic Treaty Organization
NEIAF Netherlands East Indies Air Force
NORAD North American Aerospace Defence Command
   
RAF Royal Air Force
RAAF Royal Australian Air Force
RAN Royal Australian Navy
RCAF Royal Canadian Air Force (1919 - 1968)
RCN Royal Canadian Navy
RDAF Royal Danish Air Force
RMAF Royal Malaysian Air Force
RNZAF Royal New Zealand Air Force
RN Royal Navy
ROCA Republic of China Army (Taiwan)
RSAF Royal Saudi (Arabia) Air Force
RSiAF Republic of Singapore Air Force
   
s/n Serial number
SAAF South African Air Force
SAC Strategic Air Command
SAR Search And Rescue
STOL Short Take-Off and Landing
STOVL Short Take-Off and Vertical Landing
   
TNIAU Tentara Nasional Indonesia-Angkatan Udara (Indonesian Republic Air Force)
   
u/c Undercarriage (landing gear)
USAAC United States Army Air Corps. (1926 - 1941)
USAAF United States Army Air Force (1941 - 1947)
USAF United States Air Force (1947 - present)
USCG United States Coast Guard
USMC United States Marine Corps.
USN United States Navy
   
VIP Very Important Person
VTOL Vertical Take-Off and Landing
VVIP Very Very Important Person (usually Royalty)

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