Ever been flying along on your CAP or running a SAR Op and wondered to yourself..Hmm..What does CAP mean, anyway? Well this neat page will give you the proper parlance to talk the talk of a Viper or Raptor jockey. It even provides some cute phrases to use back on the ship. Take the list for what it is. Its here for your convenience.


  • Knowing what is on this page is not required to play. Not even close. Its just a fun reference for people and may even provide players with some RP ideas. If you want to use this terminology and someone around doesn't know what it means, explain in meta.
  • Additions to this page require staff approval. Please keep it as thematic to BSG as possible.
  • The list was originally compiled and written by Walt Chamberlain. It is almost entirely his creation with small additions made and a lot of irrelevant material removed. IE: A Viper pilot wouldn't know the fun nickname for Mountain Home AFB.


  • AAA: Anti-Aircraft Artillery. Also "Triple-A" or "flak;" heavy version of the AA gun, often mounted on a Battlestar or Baseship. Can also be employed by ground forces. - “The Hestia has a Triple-A ring running at two miles. Stay out of it.”
  • ACM: Air Combat Maneuvering. “We were performin' some serious ACM on that Op yesterday.”
  • AoA: Angle of Attack. Aerodynamic angle formed between the chord of an airfoil and the direction of the relative wind. Explained Here “I was about eighty degrees AoA when I squeezed off the rounds into the Raider.”


  • Bandit: Dogfight adversary positively identified as a bad guy. Hostile aircraft. “Bandits! One o'clock high!!”
  • Barn: A hangar. The Deck/BSG. “Alright, everyone back to the barn.”
  • Bogey: Unidentified aircraft. “CAG, Hestia. You've got a single Bogey at your 3 o'clock, 20 miles.”
  • Bear: The Electronic Warfare Officer (EWO), the GIB. Refers to pilot’s opinion that a trained bear can replace the GIB. Can be used to describe the ECO in the BSG world. Can be used as an insult or in the affectionate. “Hey Bear, whats the story with that DRADIS?”
  • Bingo: 1. Minimum fuel for a comfortable and safe return to base. Aircraft can fly and fight past bingo fuel in combat situations, but at considerable peril. 2. Can also refer to any zero condition. “The Lieutenant is bingo leadership.”
  • Bitching Betty: The female voice which is the voice warning system in the Viper. Also known as “Betty.” “I took a few rounds to the wing and Betty wouldn't shut up about the stab failure.”
  • Blind: Unable to see your wingman/leader. “Viper Six-One, this is Viper Six-Two. I'm blind your location.”


  • CAP: Combat Air Patrol. Pronounced like it sounds. Cruising at medium-to-high altitude over a certain area in search of enemy units or aircraft.
  • CAG: Commander, Air Group. Pronounced like it sounds. This person is the ranking officer and leader of the Air Wing. The title is given regardless of rank. Technically, a Jig Lieutenant could be the CAG. However it is generally a position bestowed upon Captains and Majors. “The CAG is planning our next strike.”
  • CAS: Close Air Support. Dropping bombs/firing missiles in support of ground troops — also known as an air strike, MUDCAP. Pronounced how it sounds. “The Marines are pinned by about fifty cylons surrounding their position. We're going to go in and provide CAS.”
  • Check Six: Visual observation of the rear quadrant, from which most air-to-air attacks can be expected. Refers to the clock system of scanning the envelope around the aircraft; 12 o’clock is straight ahead, 6 o’clock is directly astern. Also a common salutation and greeting among tactical pilots. Keep an eye on your behind, be careful. “Hey Ensign, check six. The Major is looking for you and he's pissed.”


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  • ECM: Electronic Countermeasures. Countermeasures that use the electromagnetic spectrum to confuse or defeat enemy radar and sensor systems. “Raptors, lets get the ECM cookin'.”
  • ECO: Electronic Countermeasures Officer. Backseater in a Raptor. AKA: Bear


  • Fangs Out: An aircraft in the attack. “He rolled in Fangs Out.”
  • Flight Suit Insert: A pilot. AKA: “Stick Actuator,” “Drag in a Bag” and “Stick-Throttle Interconnect,” and “Zipper Suited Sun Gods.”
  • FNG: Frakking New Guy. “Hey CAG, who's the FNG?”
  • Fox Two: Missile shot. “Mack, Fox Two!”
  • Furball: A confused aerial engagement with many combatants. Several aircraft in tight ACM. “That furball was pretty intense. Might have to change shorts.”


  • Gimble: The automatic meatball on the ILS that tells a pilot how high or low off the glideslope they are. “The gimble's busted again, Chief.”
  • Going to Guns: Switching to cannon. Assuming leadership. Taking control of any situation. “Viper Six-Four! Guns Guns Guns!!”


  • Hands-On Approach: A landing conducted only by hand and without the aid of on-board guidance packages. (BSG Only) “Viper One-Four, Hestia. You're cleared into the break for a hands-on approach.”
  • High Alpha: A term used to describe something happening at a high Angle of Attack (read: AoA). A guns kill, missile shot, something breaking. “I was pretty high alpha when I squeezed the trigger.”
  • Hop: A flight. A taxi run. Generic term for leaving the ship in your own aircraft. “Wanna run as my Bear this hop?”
  • HUD: Heads-Up Display. Pronounced like it sounds. Glass mounted at the front of the cockpit. The pilot looks forward through the glass, and important combat and flight information is reflected onto the HUD and superimposed over his view of the outside world. “I was staring at the cylon right out my HUD while we were firing.”


  • IFF: Identification Friend or Foe. A coded message sent to a target's IFF transponder. “IFF lists those bogies as having Colonial Transponders!”
  • ILS: Instrument Landing System. A radio device at airfields that assists pilots in low-visibility landings. In BSG, this can be used to describe a Battlestar’s automated flight landing system. (read: Gimble) “ILS is busted again.”
  • In Hot: Moving-in on the attack. Getting ready for a fight. “Red Squadron, weapons armed! You're cleared hot!”


  • Jammer: Electronic countermeasure that emits microwaves to distort/confuse enemy radarscopes. “We're being jammed!”
  • Jig Lieutenant: Lieutenant, Junior Grade. “Hey Jig, what's happenin'?”
  • Jink: To maneuver violently to avoid a threat. “I jinked to ditch that SAM.”


  • Knock It Off: Cease maneuvering (as in BFM or ACM). Any pilot can call this at any time during training exercises for an emergency, but will be asked about it later. Only the CAG or squadron leader may call this in an actual engagement. “We're getting chewed-up! All Vipers, knock it off!! Back to the barn!”


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  • No Joy: Failure to make visual sighting; or inability to establish radio communications. “Hestia, CAG. I am no joy on our bandits.”


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  • Punch Out: To eject from an aircraft. To leave. “This party is dead. Let’s punch out.”


  • RTB: Originally known as Return to Base. Can be used as Return to Barn/Battlestar. “Hestia, Red Lead. We are RTB at this time.”


  • SAM: Surface-to-Air Missile. “SAM Launch! Break and bust CM!”
  • SAR: Search and Rescue. Pronounced like it sounds. “SAR bird is inbound.”
  • Sierra Hotel: Phonetic abbreviation for “shit hot,” high praise; the pilot’s favorite and all-purpose expression of approval. “Sierra Hotel!! Nice shot, Fender!”
  • Swap Paint: Euphemism for a mid-air collision. “Viper Lead, Viper Six-Four. Two-Three and I swapped paint. Knock it off. Knock it off.”


  • Throttle Back: To slow down, take it easy. “Throttle back before your mouth gets you put in the brig.”


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  • Wave Off: A pilot blew their landing and this instruction will come from the LSO. It instructs the pilot to terminate their landing attempt and go around again.
  • Winchester: Out of ammo. You shot up all your good stuff. “Viper Lead, Viper Two-Four. I'm Winchester. RTB.”
  • Wingman: Second pilot in a two-plane formation. Responsible for ensuring that his leader’s six o’clock remains clear. Your Buddy. “You’re my wingman tonight, right?”


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