What's Your Call Sign?

Zoe Samuel

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About This Quiz

Call signs are the names military aviators use on radio communications. They get around several problems encountered in communicating by radio. Like the military alphabet, in which letters like H and U become "Hotel" and "Uniform", call signs are usually easy to decipher over a radio. Call signs also get around the problem of using real names, since more than one pilot in the sky could be called "John" or have the same rank or last name. Call signs are also a great way of saying something about one's personality. In film, they have names like Iceman, Maverick and Hollywood. In reality, most call signs aren't far off from that. Call signs identify the specific pilots, it should be noted, not the aircraft itself, which has a name of its own.

Call signs, like any nickname, come from something in the personality of the pilot. The annals of military aviation are filled with "Jokers" and "Vipers" and even the occasional "Rabbi" but to each and every pilot, their name is theirs alone. It's more than just a way of being identified on the radio, it's a personal identity.

What kind of person are you? How would you fare as a pilot in the Navy (as in Top Gun) or the Marines, or the Air Force? How would you be seen by your peers? What name would you inevitably get stuck with? Get ready to buzz the tower! It's time to find out what your call sign is. Find out in this quiz!

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