Talk:1824: Identification Chart
Clearly these are the flappy planes from https://www.xkcd.com/1322/
Birdwatchers have a technique for identifying birds by silhouette called Giss (pronounced Jizz) it stands for General Impression, size, and shape During WWI-II peacetime birdwatchers used the same technique to spot and call or planes. Think it could be a reference to that? 4/17/2017
I was in Cambridge last week and an Osprey cruised overhead at a very low altitude. Was seriously cool to see. Randall lives nearby. Perhaps that's what inspired this comic? 126.96.36.199 06:43, 14 April 2017 (UTC)
- That could also be referencing the A-4 Skyhawk (chart updated) 188.8.131.52
Corrected some spellings and made the English a bit more idiomatic. Hypersonic is usually considered Mach 5 and higher, so altered that as the SR71 was fast but not that fast. Added reference to the Hawker Sea Hawk to the Hawk discussion, but the silhouette is clearly a BAe Hawk (tailplanes different shape from A4 Skyhawk or Hawker Sea Hawk, and a jet unlike the Cessna).
[F-15]: "other jets like F-16 have filled its role. The U.S. Air National Guard is the largest operator as of now." The F-15 is a current, front-line fighter. Only older models are in the ANG.
[F-16]: "A smaller, more versatile fighter jet." Just smaller.
- Falcons are most definitely more versatile if you include everything it can do in Iron Eagle (irony noted). Although the Air Force would not allow for American F-16s to be used in the movie, for obvious reasons - mainly proliferating the idea that the Air Force is so inept that a reservist Lieutenant Colonel and a high school senior can commandeer two fully loaded F-16s, fly them halfway around the world (from what looks like California to a generic Middle Eastern country), engage in an act of war by firing at another country's planes, rescue said high schooler's father, and make it back. And then the kid still somehow is able to avoid any time at Leavenworth and actually makes it into the Air Force Academy.
Could this comic be a continuation of where Randall believes we are heading? The direction of our country, and the world? It seems a warning.
Reminds me of a how Navajo code talkers used the names of birds in place of different aircraft (eg, the Navajo word for "hummingbird" was code for "fighter plane").184.108.40.206 15:00, 14 April 2017 (UTC)
Should we reference this XKCD/What-If page, which has a similar drawing: https://what-if.xkcd.com/149/
 Real images of birds (and an insect) and aircraftsReal silhouette of an V-22 Osprey aircraft: JakubNarebski (talk) 19:48, 16 April 2017 (UTC)
There is no reason to believe this comic is political, or that it has anything to do with Trump-induced sadness. Why force politics where it doesn't belong? 220.127.116.11 07:44, 24 April 2017 (UTC)