Chair Force Engineer

Saturday, May 20, 2006

The Name Game

What will the Joint Strike Fighter's name be? The question will supposedly be answered this July. I personally like the name "Condor," going with the "Birds of Prey" theme established for the F-15, F-16 and F-22. In fact, "Condor" almost became the F-16's name.

As a second choice, I could go for "Ghost Hawk." This name was used in Lockheed's promotional materials for the Joint Advanced Strike Technologies program (forerunner to the JSF) in the 1994 time period. It compliments "Nighthawk," the official name for the F-117. It's very appropriate, in light of the JSF's role in replacing the F-117.