The Way We Designate Military Aircraft Is All Screwed Up
War Is Boring
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The author displays an incredible lack of knowledge.

First, ground forces do not request specific aircraft. Air support is arranged by Air Force TACP, and even in those situations a specific aircraft is not requested. Instead, the specific target that needs to be destroyed is identified and the aircraft that happens to be in the area is employed. It makes no difference if it is a B-52, A-10 or F-16; whatever is on the ground explodes. Ground forces simply don’t care what causes it to do so.

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