Phonetic Alphabet and Signal Flags

An early version of the phonetic alphabet appears in the 1913 edition of The Bluejackets’ Manual. Found in the Signals section, it was paired with the Alphabetical Code Flags defined in the International Code. Both the meanings of the flags (the letter which they represent) and their names (which make up the phonetic alphabet) were selected by international agreement. Later editions included the Morse code signal as well.

The words chosen to represent some letters have changed since the phonetic alphabet was introduced. When these changes occur, they are made by international agreement. The current phonetic alphabet was adopted in 1957.

In the world of Aviation, there is a different way of learning your ABC’s. The Phonetic Alphabet is not only used by the military, but also by Pilots, Air Traffic Controllers, and Customer Service Agents within the Airlines. It is a great way to make sure you are understood (since a B, P, T, and V sound hauntingly similar.

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Military Phonetic Alphabet



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4 Comments on “Phonetic Alphabet and Signal Flags”

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  2. peacecrusader Says:


    Thanks for the info.

    I put also in my wordpress site something about the International Phonetic Language. You may check it out and comment. I appreciate your comment.

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