(slang)a WWII Royal Airforce aircraft maintenance worker.
Possibly derived from a mispronounciation of the word "aircraft "(erkraft) or maybe even "electrician "(erktrician)as spoken by those working class types from London.The term was originally used by RAF officers, who were poking fun at the lower orders, but ended up being adopted by the objects of their mockery as a self description of their jobs.
My altimeter's gone for a Burton - can you get an erk to take a look at it?
A British expression used to indicate that something has gone horribly wrong with a person's plans, most commonly in the phrase "It's all gone pear shaped." The origin is unclear, but one theory says that it is RAF slang relating to the difficulty of performing aerobatic loops, which were described as "pear shaped" if executed imperfectly.
"Howard Dean must have thought he was a shoo-in for the Democratic presidential nomination, but somehow in the primaries it all went pear shaped."
RAF slang for Bomber Pilot
"Who's the bus driver today?"
Coastal Command Aircraft which convoyed
fishing fleets in the North and Irish Seas.
"He's out on a kipper kite run today"
Slang used by British fighter pilots referring to ejecting ("using the Bang Seat"). "Banging Out" makes you an inch shorter - the "G's" compress your spine!
I had to bang out over Helmand Province when friendly fire from 3 Para fucked my Harrier. Percy Pongo is utterly useless!
R.A.F. slang for a C-130 "Hercules" transport aircraft and its derivatives. Generally considered a term of affection for the aircraft type.
"We'll have to hold short, I just heard there's a Fat Albert on finals."
I'm sure you've read the definitions for French Victories so out of boredom I present an analysis of american (united states) victories.
*War of independance*more...
American view: America kicked limey ass
Realistic: France, for the second time in its history, beat the UK. America tagged along.
Fun fact: 10% of american deaths were caused by shooting eachother.
American view: America showed France not to mess with america
Realistic: America started to build a navy to take on a bunch of pirates. The pirates were french, and obviously had french moral support, but no armed support.
Fun fact: the war ended in the 19th century. France only managed one victory (Crimean war) in this entire century.
American view: the us saved money
Realistic: weak nations in north africa were paid into not stealing american goods. Both sides fired blanks for a few years, before the north africans decided that instead of recieving money, they would just go back to ransoming and piracy of american ships.
Fun fact: The barbary nations came out of the war less damaged than the usa, but ended it because they couldn't hit shit either, and wanted either money or pirated goods.
*second barbary war*
American view: America won
Realistic: the sides went back to firing blanks at each other, until the us navy sailed away thinking it had won. The pircy continued for a long time before the us did anything about it, which it never got round to. Before they sailed back, The British and Dutch navies had declared war and pulverised Morocco.
Fun fact: the us managed to ge...