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Old 14th May 2019, 09:45 AM   #121
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Originally Posted by theprestige View Post
Stereotypes aside, there doesn't seem to be any good information about how it happened. Some say it was to mislead the Soviets, or fit into some negotiation with them. Others say it was to attract the top pilots. Still others suggest it was an accident - just another meaningless anomaly in the application of the tri-service numbering system.
The only thing I've read is that they wanted the best pilots and USAF top guns got all lairy at being downgraded to only flying an 'A' or 'B', because the best all flew 'F's.

Probably not true, but a nice little tale.
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