“All together now…”
The RAF (like most large organisations – and particularly the military) love acronyms. Abbreviations. TLA’s (That’s “Three Letter Abbreviations” – Ohhhh the irony).
And one of the worst areas I have come across is the Fast Jet world, particularly the Tornado fleet. Hundreds of TLA’ – and many with more than three letters.
My favourite was the DINCDU. Or “Dinky-do” as we pronounced it. This stood for the Dual Inertial Naviagation Control and Display Unit. It controlled the navigation system of the aircraft, and was a fairly reliable bit of kit, but was good for a wind up.
Here’s one for you to try out,
Walk into Rect’s Control and see that there’s a snag on one of the jets that has something – anything – to do with the Nav system. Stand and wait for the aircrew to come in so you can do the de-breif of the snag and ask him loads of questions to try to and get an idea of the fault – just like a garage mechanic would do if you took your car in for a “knocking noise”.
The Navigator will come in and tell you what’s wrong. You’d ask serious questions – “Did you recycle the system?” “Did you get any fault lights on the warning system?” “Did the Dinky-do show any fault codes?”
You’d get serious and workman like answers.
And then the Navigator would ask – “What do you think is wrong?”
You’d ponder for a second or two…”Hmmmmmmm”. Check the fault codes in your Gen Book, and then reply…
“It’s probably the Duck-Do.”
“Duck-Do? What does that do?
All together now… “QUACK QUACK!”