Stuck in the airport? Learn the alphabet

As you wait to fly home after thanksgiving, learn the lingo of the guy flying the jumbo jet
Friday, November 23, 2007 | 3:00 p.m. CST; updated 4:01 p.m. CDT, Monday, July 21, 2008

North Atlantic Treaty Organization’s phonetic alphabet, as it is commonly called, was finalized in the 1950s as a means to ensure clear communication among NATO allies in the heat of battle.

Evolved from previous versions, the alphabet is an internationally agreed-upon system for distinguishing among similar-sounding letters such as P, B, C and D — especially when radio, walkie-talkie or phone signals are prone to crackling.

Can you say “clear”? (Charlie, Lima, Echo, Alpha, Romeo).

Here’s the alphabet:

A — Alpha

B — Bravo

C — Charlie

D — Delta

E — Echo

F — Foxtrot

G — Golf

H — Hotel

I — India

J — Juliet

K — Kilo

L — Lima

M — Mike

N — November

O — Oscar

P — Papa

Q — Quebec

R — Romeo

S — Sierra

T — Tango

U — Uniform

V — Victor

W — Whiskey

X — X-Ray

Y — Yankee

Z — Zulu

Source: BBC

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