Air Force Handles Way Weirder than “Maverick”

In Top Gun, Tom Cruise’s call sign was the very apt Maverick. In real life, Air Force pilots’ handles are also 
often appropriate—but definitely 
not as cool. Like these:


Boomer: Accidentally broke sound barrier over a small town


SMAT: Small Man Always Talking


Dobber: The simplest tool in the F-16 (a switch in the cockpit)


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