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Does the Cessna 152 have a name?

I'm wondering if the Cessna 152 has a name? There's the Cessna Skyhawk 172 and the Cessna Skylane 182.
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Why is it common to speak of “Concorde” rather than “the Concorde”?

Suppose you researching a book on the history of Boeing B-17. Suppose you researching a book on the history of the Boeing B-17. Which of those sentences sounds more complete and correct? OK, so ...
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Are the terms “Aircraft Version” and “Aircraft Variant” synonyms?

Related to the answer of the following question: How are evolution and variants of aircraft considered by certification authorities? Are the terms "Aircraft Version" and "Aircraft Variant" synonyms? ...
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What does the letter E signify for the E-3 AWACS?

I came across the E-3 AWACS aircraft with the designation E-3, I could not find what the letter E means in E-3.
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How are military jets given official names?

How is a military jet given a nickname? Does the manufacturer name the plane? For example, did Lockheed Martin name the Raptor (F-22) and Lightning II (F-35)?
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Is there a reason or code behind the Cessna model numbers?

Is there a story behind how Cessna model numbers were created? E.g., models 170, 172, 180, 182, 206, 310, 336, etc.
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Which country started the tradition of naming aircraft?

I'm doing a project on the Enola Gay and I wondered which country started the tradition of naming aircraft? Thanks
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How does the NATO code name system work, are they just random names, or is there some sort of rule(s)?

When an aircraft is designated a NATO code name, are there a certain rule(s) that contribute to the naming of an aircraft.
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How are military aircraft numbered?

Can someone describe the numbering system used by the military and how it has changed over the years? I know that there are fighter aircraft such as the F-15, F-16, F-22, etc but why are there ...
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Why did Boeing choose to give the Boeing 720 such a designation?

The Boeing 720 was a modification of the Boeing 707. Why was it given the unusual number of "720" instead of a "707-xxx" or "7x7" designation?
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Why was the Boeing SST numbered “2707”?

Boeing worked its Supersonic Transport (Boeing SST 2707) design in the 1960s. They gave it the number "2707". Why was this aircraft given that number? Did it have some significant inside-Boeing ...
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Was the intended purpose of the F-117 Nighthawk originally a stealth-fighter?

Based on this question, I learned that the F and A-Letters in the naming of (military) aircraft reflects what their intended purpose is. A: Attack (Air-to-ground) F: Fighter (Air-to-air) their ...
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Why isn't the F-15E called F/A-15?

In my understanding, "F" stands for "fighter" (air-to-air) and "A" for "attack" (air-to-ground). E.g., the F/A-18 Hornet can attack air and ground targets, which is why it's called F/A-18. the A-10 ...