US Department of Defense Dictionary of Military and Associated Wordsferret
(DOD) An aircraft, ship, or vehicle especially equipped for the detection, location, recording, and analyzing of electromagnetic radiation. http://iies.www.ecn.purdue.edu/IIES/PLAIC/380...Ferret Ship
. This was a specially modified aircraft for detecting, stratifying, and locating enemy radar installations. They were called "Ferrets." Some of our other aircraft carried RCM (radar countermeasures) sets, but not to the capability of these special systemshttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wild_Weasel
Wild Weasel is a nickname for aircraft of the United States Air Force tasked with the Suppression of Enemy Air Defenses (or SEAD) mission. The name derives from Project Wild Weasel, the first development program for a dedicated SAM-detection and suppression aircraft. Originally named Project Ferret, to denote a predatory animal that goes into its prey's den to kill it, the name was changed to differentiate it from the code-name "Ferret" that had been used during World War II for radar counter-measures bombers.http://www.ecn.purdue.edu/IIES/PLAIC/380/HIST...
Like DUCHESS OF PADUCAH, this was a Ferret aircraft