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Online Marcov

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A sensible word that could group fighters and bombers
I'm just tired of mentioning the word "fighters and bombers". Is there any word that can shortcut this?
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Re: A sensible word that could group fighters and bombers
strikecraft, duh
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Re: A sensible word that could group fighters and bombers
What Hades said, also, you've got spacecraft, aircraft, military vehicles, carrier air wing, the squadron names, a whole bunch of stuff.
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Re: A sensible word that could group fighters and bombers
You could always have the name depend on the type of work the fighters and bombers are doing.  Assault craft would work in many cases, as an example.

Strikecraft, as Hades said, would also fit well, but to me sounds like something you'd use when you have bombers and a fighter escort making a run against some kind of capital ship.
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Re: A sensible word that could group fighters and bombers
Smallcraft.

 

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Re: A sensible word that could group fighters and bombers
planes, strikecraft.

or



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Re: A sensible word that could group fighters and bombers
Quote from: Hecate tech entry
combat spacecraft

 

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Re: A sensible word that could group fighters and bombers
In a universe I'm setting up that hopefully doesn't suck but probably does, two other species don't differentiate much between fighters and bombers and simply call anything piloted by a single person a "unit".

That probably doesn't fit in well with most Terran military jargon, though, and from a linguistic standpoint "unit" is probably the result of attempting to translate something that doesn't have a precise translation.

Strikecraft may also work well, depending on specialization. I wouldn't use it for recon craft or interceptors, though.

 

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Re: A sensible word that could group fighters and bombers
In a universe I'm setting up that hopefully doesn't suck but probably does, two other species don't differentiate much between fighters and bombers and simply call anything piloted by a single person a "unit".

That probably doesn't fit in well with most Terran military jargon, though, and from a linguistic standpoint "unit" is probably the result of attempting to translate something that doesn't have a precise translation.

Strikecraft may also work well, depending on specialization. I wouldn't use it for recon craft or interceptors, though.

what perspective is the player looking from, if it is these two species then probably light craft or perhaps single seater.

If the player is Terran and Terrans still make the distinction then aside from background information it is irrelevant.
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Re: A sensible word that could group fighters and bombers
"Combat spacecraft" is used in FreeSpace.

 

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Re: A sensible word that could group fighters and bombers
Except the term is silly because it literally applies to almost every single ship in FreeSpace.

The Orion is built for combat and is a space craft, etc
[22:29] <sigtau> Hello, #hard-light?  I'm trying to tell a girl she looks really good for someone who doesn't exercise.  How do I word that non-offensively?
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<batwota> wow
<batwota> KILL

 

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Re: A sensible word that could group fighters and bombers
Tactical craft (as opposed to capital ships being referred to Strategic craft)
Strike Craft http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Strike_fighter
Attack Craft
Fighter craft (as a generic for both)
Recon Craft (if for example fighter type craft evolved from a specific role like recon they might still be referred to that role despite evolution and divergence of roles)
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Re: A sensible word that could group fighters and bombers
Except the term is silly because it literally applies to almost every single ship in FreeSpace.

The Orion is built for combat and is a space craft, etc
True, if you interpret the terms literally; however, it's not called that in FreeSpace.

 

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Re: A sensible word that could group fighters and bombers
I did not know the Aquitaine was able to carry 150 Orions. :p

 

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Re: A sensible word that could group fighters and bombers
So that's why Hecates are "more heavily armed." :P

 

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Re: A sensible word that could group fighters and bombers
I've always treated fighter as a superordinate category. Ideally, it's clear from the context (the given wing's objectives) whether they are meant to be interception/space superiority or bombers. If not, then I propose one-seater.
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Re: A sensible word that could group fighters and bombers
Lt. Ash's Apollo had a co-pilot... :nervous:

 

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Re: A sensible word that could group fighters and bombers
I'm specifically referring to a term that includes both fighters and bombers.

You know, the small little ones that go pew pew at each other and blow up turrets of big ships, travel in wings, and are between 12 and 40 meters long.
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Re: A sensible word that could group fighters and bombers
"Strike craft". People will know what you're talking about, then use "Fighter" or "Bomber" if you need to be specific.

Example: "Capital ships of Destroyer class or larger almost always carry a contingent of strike craft, usually brought along to foil strike craft operations of opposing forces."

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Re: A sensible word that could group fighters and bombers
I've always used strike craft myself.
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