WWII AVIATION SLANGUAGE
from the booklet I've Got Wings!
- Ace - a combat pilot with five or more victories.
- Blanket Drill - sleeping.
- Blind Flying - a date with a girl you've never seen.
- Bumps - the effect of updrafts and downdrafts encountered in flight.
- Bunk Flying - talking aviation in quarters.
- Buzzing - flying dangerously low over people or property on the ground; (taboo).
- Caterpillar Club - a jump for life in a parachute qualifies for membership.
- Chinese Landing - one wing low.
- Clinker - a poorly executed maneuver.
- Conservatory - a power-operated, glass-enclosed machine gun turret
- Contact - a warning called out by the pilot to inform the mechanic the ignition switch is on.
- Cracking Good Show - highest possible praise of a performance.
- Dead Stick - gliding plane, after the engine has conked.
- Dogfight - combat between two planes.
- Drive It In The Hangar - stop talking aviation.
- Dummer - a bonehead act.
- Dust Bin - underside rear gun turret in an enemy aircraft.
- Eggs - bombs.
- Fat Friends - balloons.
- Flak - anti-aircraft fire.
- Flying The Iron Beam or - Iron Compass - pilot flying along railroad.
- Flying Pig - aerial torpedo.
- Flying the Gauges - instrument flying.
- Gain Some Altitude - come to a more erect standing or sitting position. Used to correct the "civilian slouch" in new cadets.
- Geese - enemy bomber formation.
- Get Eager - do your best; strive to the utmost.
- Give It The Gun - advance the throttle to accelerate engine speed.
- Glasshouse - power operated turret.
- Go Into A Tailspin - get mad.
- Going Upstairs - gaining altitude, climbing.
- Good Show - a commendable action.
- Grab A Brace - come to a position of super attention; usually directed of new cadets.
- Hangar Pilot - mechanic who talks a great flight.
- Hedge Hopping - low flying.
- He's In A Flat Spin - a bit touched.
- Hit The Deck - when an aviator lands.
- Hitting The Silk - to make a parachute jump.
- Hot Crate - a speedy plane.
- H. P. - a hot pilot.
- Jinking - dodging anti-aircraft fire.
- Lame Duck - damaged plane.
- Laying The Eggs - dropping bombs.
- Life Saver - a parachute.
- Mustard - smart pilot.
- Office - the pilot's cockpit, usually in a large airplane.
- Onions - flaring anti-aircraft shells.
- Overshoot - to glide beyond the landing field before landing.
- Pea Shooters - the high-powered planes of the Air Forces.
- Pulpit - the cockpit.
- Ready Room - the room where pilots on duty assemble, ready for instant call to action.
- Reef Back - pull back the stick in flying a plane.
- Roll Up Your Flaps - stop talking.
- Shoot Landings - to acquire practice in landing a plane.
- Short Snorter - a member of an unofficial flyers' club, each member of which carries a one dollar bill autographed by fellow short snorters. Any members being unable to show the bill upon request of a fellow member, must forfeit a comparable bill or note to each short snorter present.
- Shot Down In Flames - jilted by a girlfriend.
- Show - action in the air.
- Slop On The Coal - open the throttle to give a plane more gas.
- Solo - flying alone; hence doing anything else without company.
- Spin Off - take a nap; or go to bed.
- Spit Curl - a side slip in a plane.
- Sugar Report - a letter to or from a girlfriend.
- Tear Off A Strip - to give someone a bawling out.
- Tin Fish - an aerial torpedo.
- Woofing - the telling of tall tales.