The U.S. military aviation has a nomenclature for all of its aircraft that makes identifying planes very simple.
Aircrafts that begin with “A” such as the beloved “A-10” are all attack jets.
Those that begin with “P” indicate patrol jets such as the U.S. Navy P-8.
The F-4, F-15, F-16, F-18, etc. begin with “F” because they’re fighter jets.
If an aircraft begins with a “B” it means that it is a bomber jet. Some think the “B” stands for “big,” because bombers are among the largest of the aircrafts available to the military.
Bombers are capable of carrying large payloads of bombs, torpedoes or cruise missiles, and are used almost exclusively for ground attacks since they’re not fast or agile enough to take on enemy fighters head-to-head. It was bombers that carried the World War II-ending nuclear munition that was dropped over the mainland of Japan.
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