Whats the alpha, bravo, charlie, delta etc alphabet called

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The police use this type of alphabet to spell out letters between their radios. I used to know the name of this alphabet but have forgotten it lol. I tried googling it and it came up with phonetic alphabet or something along those lines...but i am sure there was another name for it. isnt there?
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The greek alphabet, no?
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Radio alphabet? Something to do with even if you don't hear the first bit, you can tell what the letter is...
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Police letters? radiotelephony spelling alphabet? NATO phonetic alphabet?

Random idiotic thing: It took me YEARS to work out that on the Bill, they were saying Sierra Oscar, I just thought it was some special codeword they had.
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Phonetic alphabet

http://www.dynamoo.com/technical/phonetic.htm
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Aye - it's the phonetic alphabet...
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basically its used to clarify the spelling of words over the phone e.g A for alpha, b for bravo etc....
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As some other have said, it's the phonetic alphabet. Also used worldwide by the military.
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The phonetic alphabet is also used in aviation, for things like airport codes (eg, when calling London Gatwick Airport control tower over the radio, you'd say Lima Golf Whiskey, for LGW) and aircraft registrations (eg, one of the BA Concorde's was G-BOAC, so the pilots would address the tower as "Golf Alpha Charley request permission....")
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(Original post by thomasp)
The phonetic alphabet is also used in aviation, for things like airport codes (eg, when calling London Gatwick Airport control tower over the radio, you'd say Lima Golf Whiskey, for LGW) and aircraft registrations (eg, one of the BA Concorde's was G-BOAC, so the pilots would address the tower as "Golf Alpha Charley request permission....")
wouldn't you call the ICAO code, EGKK, instead?

and wouldn't the pilots address the tower by callsign? so in this case, Speedbird n, where n is the flight number?
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Sierra Hotel
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(Original post by Knogle)
The greek alphabet, no?
Lol. Alpha, Beta...ah well, ones the same!
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It's commonly called the phonetic alphabet, although this is actually a misnomer in this context as the purpose here is to clarify spelling rather than pronunciation. A true 'phonetic' alphabet is used to transcribe the sounds of human speech into writing, which this doesn't. 'Radio alphabet' would probably be a more accurate description.
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(Original post by wilbur)
'Radio alphabet' would probably be a more accurate description.
You're possibly right in that it would be more accurate, however it is officially known as the NATO Phonetic Alphabet.

It superceeded the Joint Army/Navy Phonetic alphabet used by the US forces(between 1942 and mid 50's) in the mid 50's
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(Original post by 3.1415926535897)
wouldn't you call the ICAO code, EGKK, instead?

and wouldn't the pilots address the tower by callsign? so in this case, Speedbird n, where n is the flight number?
I'm not really fully "up" on tower-speak, but with regards to aircraft registrations, if you're waiting for clearance to take off or move on the ground, you'll state your registration and callsign, so the tower know what aircraft they're looking at. Light aircraft will often just state the reg.

I don't know about using the 4-letter or 3-letter airport codes - I'm sure I've heard pilots refer to Stansted Airport (which I live near) as Sierra Tango November over the radio, instead of Echo Golf Sierra Sierra - perhaps that's just on UK-only flights. :confused:
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The NATO phonetic alphabet, if I'm right
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*tries to remember*

Alpha
Bravo
Charlie
Delta
Echo
Golf
Hotel
India
Juliet
Kilo
Lima
Mike
November
Oscar
Papa
Quebec (?)
Romeo
Sierra
Tango
Whisky
X-ray
Yankee
Zulu.

yay!

Also Unaone of one and Nadazero for zero, but I can't remember the numbers.
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Numbers are the except for nine which is niner because nine can be confused with German Pilots/sailors who think it is "Nein" = no
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(Original post by BlackHawk)
As some other have said, it's the phonetic alphabet. Also used worldwide by the military.
Isn't it slightly different in different countries or in different organisations but there are no major differences?
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