Trivia Tuesday: Air alphabet

Do you know the NATO phonetic alphabet used in aviation?

My initials are Echo Golf. What are yours?

Here it is, fresh off the Wikipedia press:

Letter Code word Pronunciation
US Army
standard[6]
ICAO[4] and ITU
Roman standard[7]
FAA
standards[8][9]
ICAO
IPA standard[4]
Consolidated transcription
A Alfa
(ICAO, ITU,
IMO, FAA)

Alpha (ANSI)
AL fah AL FAH ALFAH or
AL-FAH
ˈælfɑ /ˈælfɑː/ al-fah
B Bravo BRAH voh BRAH VOH BRAHVOH or
BRAH-VO
ˈbrɑːˈvo /ˈbrɑːvoʊ/ brah-voh or
/ˌbrɑːˈvoʊ/ brah-voh
C Charlie CHAR lee CHAR LEE or
SHAR LEE
CHARLEE or
CHAR-LEE or
SHAR-LEE
ˈtʃɑːli  or
ˈʃɑːli
/ˈtʃɑrliː/ char-lee or
/ˈtʃɑːliː/ chah-lee or
/ˈʃɑrliː/ shar-lee or
/ˈʃɑːliː/ shah-lee
D Delta DEL tah DELL TAH DELLTAH or
DELL-TAH
ˈdeltɑ /ˈdɛltɑː/ del-tah
E Echo EKK oh ECK OH ECKOH or
ECK-OH
ˈeko /ˈɛkoʊ/ ek-oh
F Foxtrot FOKS trot FOKS TROT FOKSTROT or
FOKS-TROT
ˈfɔkstrɔt /ˈfɒkstrɒt/ foks-trot
G Golf Golf GOLF GOLF ɡʌlf [sic] /ˈɡɒlf/ golf or
/ˈɡʌlf/ gulf
H Hotel HO tell HOH TELL HOHTELL or
HOH-TELL
hoːˈtel /hoʊˈtɛl/ hoh-tel or
/ˈhoʊtɛl/ hoh-tel
I India IN dee ah IN DEE AH INDEE AH or
IN-DEE-AH
ˈindiˑɑ /ˈɪndiɑː/ in-dee-ah
J Juliett
(ICAO, ITU,
IMO, FAA)

Juliet (ANSI)
JEW lee ett JEW LEE ETT JEWLEE ETT or
JEW-LEE-ETT
ˈdʒuːliˑˈet /ˈdʒuːliɛt/ jew-lee-et or
/ˌdʒuːliˈɛt/ jew-lee-et
K Kilo KEY loh KEY LOH KEYLOH or
KEY-LOH
ˈkiːlo /ˈkiːloʊ/ kee-loh
L Lima LEE mah LEE MAH LEEMAH or
LEE-MAH
ˈliːmɑ /ˈliːmɑː/ lee-mah
M Mike Mike MIKE MIKE mɑik /ˈmaɪk/ myk
N November NOH vem ber NO VEM BER NOVEMBER or
NO-VEM-BER
noˈvembə /noʊˈvɛmbə/ noh-vem-bə or
/ˈnoʊvɛmbər/ noh-vem-bər[10]
O Oscar OSS car OSS CAH OSSCAH or
OSS-CAH
ˈɔskɑ /ˈɒskɑː/ os-kah or
/ˈɒskɑr/ os-kar
P Papa PAH pah PAH PAH PAHPAH or
PAH-PAH
pəˈpɑ /pɑːˈpɑː/ pah-pah or
/pəˈpɑː/ pə-pah or
/ˈpɑːpɑː/ pah-pah
Q Quebec keh BECK KEH BECK KEHBECK or
KEH-BECK
keˈbek /kɛˈbɛk/ ke-bek
R Romeo ROW me oh ROW ME OH ROWME OH or
ROW-ME-OH
ˈroːmiˑo /ˈroʊmioʊ/ roh-mee-oh
S Sierra see AIR ah SEE AIR RAH SEEAIRAH or
SEE-AIR-AH
siˈerɑ /siˈɛrɑː/ see-err-ah
T Tango TANG go TANG GO TANGGO or
TANG-GO
ˈtænɡo /ˈtæŋɡoʊ/ tang-goh
U Uniform YOU nee form YOU NEE FORM or
OO NEE FORM
YOUNEE FORM or
YOU-NEE-FORM or
OO-NEE-FORM
ˈjuːnifɔːm  or
ˈuːnifɔrm
/ˈjuːnifɔrm/ ew-nee-form or
/ˈjuːnifɔːm/ ew-nee-fawm or
/ˈuːnifɔrm/ oo-nee-form
V Victor VIK ter VIK TAH VIKTAH or
VIK-TAH
ˈviktɑ /ˈvɪktɑː/ vik-tah or
/ˈvɪktər/ vik-tər
W Whiskey WISS key WISS KEY WISSKEY or
WISS-KEY
ˈwiski /ˈwɪski/ wis-kee
X X-ray or
Xray
EKS ray ECKS RAY ECKSRAY [sic] or
ECKS-RAY
ˈeksˈrei /ˈɛksreɪ/ eks-ray or
/ˌɛksˈreɪ/ eks-ray
Y Yankee YANG kee YANG KEY YANGKEY [sic] or
YANG-KEY
ˈjænki /ˈjæŋki/ yang-kee
Z Zulu ZOO loo ZOO LOO ZOOLOO or
ZOO-LOO
ˈzuːluː /ˈzuːluː/ zoo-loo
(hyphen) Dash /ˈdæʃ/ dash 
Comments
5 Responses to “Trivia Tuesday: Air alphabet”
  1. Cousin Mick says:

    Roger that!

  2. You know what’s a bit silly? I learnt this a couple of years ago. I still get stuck on the phone when I need to read out a word using the air alphabet 😛

  3. mel says:

    ‘Mike Mike’ just sounds ridiculous. I’d like to be ‘Foxtrot Zulu’, that would be pretty cool…

  4. I like Romeo Echo, sounds like one of those ’80s glam rock bands – so me!

  5. dogsbody says:

    Nice to see this. We were just talking about it the other day (but not quite motivated enough to look it up), so thanks.

    Please refer to me as Delta Charlie Bravo.

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