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Five (5) Nicknames of Aircraft Wiring Harness Parts

In Aerospace & Defense we use a ton of acronyms and long part numbers to describe processes and parts. It can be quite a bit to keep up with! So, in some cases engineers, assemblers, or inspectors come up with nicknames to describe certain parts. Here are 5 of the most common nicknames we use at InterConnect.

1. Bottle Rockets

We start off the list with a blast! Bottle Rockets aka M83519/2 are solder sleeves with a 6-inch wire coming out of the bottom. The 6-inch wire looks almost like a fuse that you would light in order to launch a rocket (the solder sleeve), thus the nickname, Bottle Rocket.

2. Pinky

Our second nickname is also for a solder sleeve, but this one is used to terminate a wafer connector on an F-16 electrical wiring harness or panel. This part’s official name is 16VE049012-1. Just reading that official part number you can see why it has a nickname. Why is it called a Pinky? Well, the Pinky has a ring around it that is a distinct pink color. It also has a yellow ring around it. Makes you wonder why it isn’t called a Yellowy?

3. Bluey

This is the last solder sleeve nickname that we have on our list. The people who create solder sleeves are certainly clever. A Bluey is a small blue solder sleeve. It serves a similar function as a Pinky; to terminate aspects of an F-16 electrical assembly but is a different part for a different job. A Bluey’s proper name and part number is C8839-50 and is specifically used to terminate transformers on a Mux panel.

4. Snakeskin/Pantyhose

This part is so popular that it has two nicknames! Snakeskin/Pantyhose is sleeving that is properly known as C8844. C8844 comes in many different dashes which indicate the width of the sleeving. C8844-1 is smaller than C8844-5 sleeving. Both are pictured below! This sleeving is called Snakeskin/Pantyhose because it can be scrunched back to allow access to the wires it is protecting. The scrunched-up sleeving looks like bunched-up pantyhose or a snake shedding its skin.

5. Horseshoe Backshell

Here in Texas, we love our Cowboy so, I thought it best to share this uniquely named part with you. As you can see C8820-1W20, aka a Horseshoe Backshell, is in the shape of a horseshoe. This part is used in F-16 electrical wiring harnesses that cannot accommodate a normal circular or square backshell. So, the rare Horseshoe Backshell is used instead.

So, there you have it. Five (5) parts that have interesting nicknames that are used on aircraft fighter jets and/or rotary wing helicopters. If you know of any interesting nicknames, we would love to hear them. Feel free to contact us at 817.377.9473.   #ConnectionsMatter

Our License

We are the sole licensee of Lockheed Martin for F-16 electrical products. Through this agreement, we have access to Lockheed Martin’s F-16 engineering data, tooling and configuration control information. We also have a Technical Services agreement with Sikorsky for all of their aircraft. This agreement allows us to obtain their engineering data needed to rewire helicopters that Sikorsky manufactures.



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