They’re all jets…

March 29, 2011

Libyan rebels rout Gaddafi forces in strategic town

LIBYA-FRANCE/The French armed forces said around 20 French aircraft supported by an AWACS surveillance plane struck targets during the day on Saturday, including five Galeb fighter jets and two MI-35 helicopters on the ground outside Misrata.

Come on guys, is it the public reading your articles or is the problem your reporters?

Take a look at the designation of fighter aircraft (F-4, F-5, F-14, F15, F-16 etc etc) Why is it the non-military folks call it a “fighter jet” and nobody in the military does it?

There isn’t a country on the planet that has a “fighter prop.”

Isn’t it easier to call it what it is? Isn’t it obvious the aircraft uses turbine engines and not props?

How weak-minded has everybody become ?

Den

I understand your point, but I’m not sure what you would have us use instead.

If we just say fighters, in many contexts readers might presume we’re talking about soldiers, not airplanes. If we say fighter plane, that’s two characters longer than fighter jet, which seems counter-productive: GBU Editor

A Rafale fighter jet makes a catapult launch on the flight deck aboard France’s flagship Charles de Gaulle aircraft carrier, March 28, 2011. REUTERS/Benoit Tessier

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Yet Reuters doesn’t use “bomber jets” (see the recent piece about Russin bombers in UK airspace) as style.
Are you that dumb, or do you really think your readers are that stupid that they can’t tell the difference between reference to a plane and a soldier?

Posted by IronyaSudby | Report as abusive

Wait a minute… There aren’t any prop fighters active nowadays? I find that hard to believe…

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