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The Story Behind Your Username  
User currently offlineAKE0404AR From United States of America, joined May 2000, 2535 posts, RR: 42
Posted (14 years 1 day 20 hours ago) and read 7216 times:

I know this has nothing to do with Aviation photography at all but I still decided to post it in this forum as I do not participate in the other ones as much as I do here....

A question that has been kept me busy for a while now how did you guys come up with your username at airliners.net

My story as follows:

When I first registered with airliners.net I was looking for a username and could not really think of something suitalble...... I was looking around my living room and stopped at a picture of my dad in front of a Aerolineas Argentinas 747.......there was a LD-3 Container next to him and guess what the registration of that container was AKE0404AR....

Would be kind of cool to here your stories....

i.e. Mark Garfinkel (Tappan), Garry Watt (Granite), Thomas Millard (Thomasphoto60), Chris Weldy (Chris28_17), Luis Rosa (Mirage) Chris Sheldon ( Da Fwog)

Vasco Garcia

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User currently offlineCkw From UK - England, joined Aug 2010, 812 posts, RR: 15
Reply 1, posted (14 years 1 day 20 hours ago) and read 6893 times:

Well I can guess Gary's ... Aberdeen is the Granite City. I thought about coming up with a good username, but, I've got accounts on so many different systems and services that if I used anything beside my usual CKW I'd be bound to forget it!



Colin K. Work, Pixstel
User currently offlineGranite From UK - Scotland, joined May 1999, 5614 posts, RR: 61
Reply 2, posted (14 years 1 day 20 hours ago) and read 6900 times:
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Hi all

Vasco, my username Granite was based on two things:

My home city of Aberdeen is also called the Granite City as many buildings are built with this material.

Granite was the callsign of Aberdeen based Business Air before they were brought under BMA's wing.


Gary Watt
Aberdeen, Scotland

User currently offline9A-CRO From Croatia, joined Jun 2000, 1574 posts, RR: 8
Reply 3, posted (14 years 1 day 20 hours ago) and read 6880 times:

9A-CRO is registration of croatian presidental aircraft

When once you have tasted flight, you will forever walk the earth with your eyes turned skyward...
User currently offlineYKA From Netherlands, joined Sep 2001, 766 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (14 years 1 day 19 hours ago) and read 6862 times:

YKA is the code of the airport in the city that I live in. use to be cyka but someone told me it means bitch in russian so i dropped the "c".

User currently offlineQantas737 From Australia, joined Jul 2000, 738 posts, RR: 3
Reply 5, posted (14 years 1 day 18 hours ago) and read 6855 times:

I just chose this as it represents where I am from. The Qantas 737 aircraft are most common at my home airport and the name basically gives away what country I come from  Big grin

User currently offlinePIAforME From Denmark, joined Sep 2001, 164 posts, RR: 1
Reply 6, posted (14 years 1 day 18 hours ago) and read 6844 times:

I just chose the first and only Aircraft/Company I flew FirstClass on  Smile/happy/getting dizzy

Kamran Sarwar

User currently offlineKingWide From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2001, 838 posts, RR: 17
Reply 7, posted (14 years 1 day 18 hours ago) and read 6852 times:

My username has a slightly longer story:

When I was finishing University, I was looking for a research position at a university. I saw one that might suit me and I fired off an e-mail [yes, we had e-mail in those days] applying for the position. Of course, I was very careful to include my University address so they could reply to me. Anyway, it was kind of traditional for us at university to have a different 'wacky' e-mail alias every day and I happened to have 'King Wide of Pink Trouser Land' on the day I sent the e-mail.

I thought no more of this until, about a fortnight later, a letter turned up in my pigeon hole at uni addressed to

King Wide,
c/o Pink Trouser Land,
School of Physics,
etc. etc.

I instantly realised that I'd forgotten to put my name on the email Big grin and some enterprising soul had addressed it to the only addressee they had!

And the scariest thing? I spoke to the admin assistant at the physics department and asked her how she knew it was for me. She just looked at me and said "Well, who else would it be?".  Big thumbs up

And I've used it ever since.


Jason Taperell - AirTeamImages
User currently offlineGranite From UK - Scotland, joined May 1999, 5614 posts, RR: 61
Reply 8, posted (14 years 1 day 18 hours ago) and read 6846 times:
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Hi Jason

Well you never had pink trousers on the weekend I was at LHR!

Gary Watt
Aberdeen, Scotland

User currently offlinePUnmuth@VIE From Austria, joined Aug 2000, 4164 posts, RR: 53
Reply 9, posted (14 years 1 day 17 hours ago) and read 6843 times:

No story behind just name and home town.

User currently offlineEDIpic From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 10, posted (14 years 1 day 17 hours ago) and read 6824 times:

Edinburgh pictures

...and I thought KingWide meant something else...!
Honestly, I though there were three letters dropped from the start! Who else thought that?


User currently offlineOH-LZA From Finland, joined Jun 2001, 1000 posts, RR: 4
Reply 11, posted (14 years 1 day 17 hours ago) and read 6816 times:

The reg of Finnair's first A321, OH-LZA.
Here's a pic:

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Photo © PixAir

Zulu Alpha

User currently offlineInvader From Netherlands, joined Feb 2000, 327 posts, RR: 9
Reply 12, posted (14 years 1 day 17 hours ago) and read 6824 times:

I was looking for an appropriate name to invade the forums, and the Invader is one of my most favoured aircraft........

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Photo © John P. Stewart



User currently offlineN949WP From Hong Kong, joined Feb 2000, 1437 posts, RR: 1
Reply 13, posted (14 years 1 day 16 hours ago) and read 6828 times:

I first used "N949WP" on some other forum based here in HKG. When I initially joined that forum, it was shortly after the demise of the legendary Western Pacific Airlines. In remembrance of that very colorful carrier, I adopted the reg. of one of its most famous jets as my username.

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Photo © AirNikon

When I joined this forum, I just carried over the username.


User currently offlineMirage From Portugal, joined May 1999, 3125 posts, RR: 13
Reply 14, posted (14 years 1 day 15 hours ago) and read 6813 times:

Mirage means to me something you think you're seeing but it doesn't exists. Maybe this is relationed with my personality, people think they know me but they don't know me that well. People may think sometimes I'm a rude forum member, but I'm just a very pragmatic person (and good guy Smile.

Mirage also came from the Mirage 2000 fighter plane and my passion for military aviation.

Finally I like the sound of telling the name Mirage, very "photogenic" for my ears.

that's it

User currently offlineSin777er From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 15, posted (14 years 1 day 15 hours ago) and read 6790 times:

SIN came from Singapore, where I'm from. 777er is one of my favorite aircraft.

User currently offlineJoe pries From United States of America, joined May 2000, 1957 posts, RR: 52
Reply 16, posted (14 years 1 day 15 hours ago) and read 6811 times:

joe pries is a stealth name for me. i'm really joseph pries


User currently offlineSukhoi From Sweden, joined May 2006, 382 posts, RR: 7
Reply 17, posted (14 years 1 day 14 hours ago) and read 6792 times:

Mine comes from being treated to a flight in a Su-29  Wink/being sarcastic and from having watched Anatoly Kvotchur display the Su-27. It was going to be Kvotchur but i couldnt and still cant spell it right Big grin Big grin



User currently offlineKingWide From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2001, 838 posts, RR: 17
Reply 18, posted (14 years 1 day 14 hours ago) and read 6784 times:

Well, I've dropped the pink trousers since they don't fit anymore. After my recent diet, I'm (Not So) ***king Wide anymore!  Laugh out loud


Jason Taperell - AirTeamImages
User currently offlineLindy field From United States of America, joined Mar 2001, 3148 posts, RR: 13
Reply 19, posted (14 years 1 day 14 hours ago) and read 6787 times:
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Lindy Field is a nickname derived from San Diego's Lindbergh Field. I'm still amused that one forum member on the civil aviation forum assumed that Lindy is a woman's name...

User currently offlineHzafa1 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 20, posted (14 years 1 day 14 hours ago) and read 6780 times:

I love that aircraft ( MD-11 )

User currently offlineFlpuck6 From United States of America, joined Jun 1999, 2123 posts, RR: 27
Reply 21, posted (14 years 1 day 13 hours ago) and read 6769 times:

flpuck6 has nothing to do with me. It's actually my brother's initials "FL" and puck is spoken slang for hockey (we were both hockey players) and '6' is his favorite number. I have just stuck with that because it's too confusing to tell everyone that I have changed my e-mail address. Because I am registered on different sites, I like to keep things simple using the same "screenname".

Bonjour Chef!
User currently offlineLGW From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 22, posted (14 years 1 day 13 hours ago) and read 6769 times:

Hum, what a challenge to guess about my username!


User currently offlineF27 From Australia, joined Oct 2001, 212 posts, RR: 0
Reply 23, posted (14 years 1 day 13 hours ago) and read 6762 times:

When i was an aprrentice i cut my teeth on the Fokker Friendship and have loved them ever since. They were a great simple aircraft to work on and the sound of those rolls Royce Dart engines was maginificent

User currently offlineBodobodo From Canada, joined May 2000, 553 posts, RR: 10
Reply 24, posted (14 years 1 day 10 hours ago) and read 6764 times:

I can appreciate that my username is a little strange. My goal a while back was to come up with a username that wouldn't give my identity away yet was almost always guaranteed to be available. I settled on using bodo. My inspiration was Bodo Illgner, Germany's national soccer team goalkeeper of some years ago. I'm Canadian but my parents are from Germany. In any case using bodo worked well until websites became busier and getting bodo as a username became more difficult. However I've yet to run into a site where "bodobodo" wasn't available. Airliners.net was one of those sites and when I joined I wasn't sure how serious my participation was going to be so I chose bodobodo at first. In retrospect I regret not choosing something more significant but at this point its not worth the trouble of changing to something else.


25 Ghost77 : Mine there´s not too much to said, because I use it everywhere on mail accounts and stuff.. so I put here if I once forget it.. About Lindy_field I a
26 LGB Photos : Good one Joseph!!! Hahahaha. Well my name is where I take photos.....LGB is Long Beach Airport in California.
27 Aircanon : Well... I have seen AIRNIKON here and found that quite cool. Since using CANON photo equipment and nobody was using AIRCANON i decided to take AIRCANO
28 Thomasphoto60 : Lets see..... Thomas (my name) Photo (my occupation) 60 (the year in which the world was graced with my birth). Pretty simple...... Thomas
29 EGGD : Bodo Illgner - That Vicous keeper, wasn't he the one responsible for the worst challenge ever made by a GK? My nick is pretty easy, My home airport!!
30 Post contains images RealHigh : Airplanes fly real high.
31 Post contains images APP : Mine's really dull...just my initials (but at least it's quick and easy to type!)..I must remember to try and get a life!!!!! By the way EGGD, I think
32 Aviator100 : Before joining A'net, I tried to use "aviator" on another site , because the first two letters are my initials and my hobby is aviation, but it wasn't
33 Sharpnfuzzy : I once had a t-shirt that had the words 'Fuzz Off!' on the back of it in pretty small print, and people would always ask me why i had 'F**k Off!' on m
34 BO__einG : My name is the first two letters of Boeing Aircraft manufacture co. ALl the types of commercial airliners are called by Boeing 7 **. Quite an influenc
35 Post contains images BO__einG : Hey Screeners: How in the WORLD did you come up with such unique names??!!! They are soooo Cool. Screener1, 2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9, Those numbers give me the
36 D10RK : Because the DC10-30 of Air Afrique was the first plane i took in photo...
37 Andyhunt : Need I say anything?
38 DSMav8r : Mine is pretty easy, no fancy stories, just something I made up when I was looking at the signup screen 2 years ago, lol. DSMav8r = Des Moines aviator
39 Post contains images Gocaps16 : My username basically says it all. I'm a huge Washington Capitals fan (NHL hockey) here in Arlington, VA and the 16 represents my age when I signed up
40 B-OTCH : well, think about it...lol seriously... On a spotting trip to LAX, me and a few friends (Chris28_17, Dazed767, and CactusA319) started thinking of fun
41 Staffan : My first name simply...
42 Post contains links Hias : this is part of my first Name: MatHIAS. This is how my co-workers call me and so I thought it is a good name. Regards Mathias www.spotter.de.vu mathia
43 Post contains images Granite : Hi Andy Took me a while to figure out your's.....but got it in the end 4 weeks to go and counting Regards Gary Watt Aberdeen, Scotland
44 Post contains images Carlos Borda : I'm not really who I say I am....
45 AKE0404AR : Carlos, shouldn't u be sleeeping...it is 03.30am .......
46 Post contains images JetTrader : At last! I've never been happy with my A380-200 username so now I've got one I really like. Being a very big DC-8 fan I've been thinking for some time
47 Fly-K : Not much creativity in mine either, part of my private email address, and easy to remember. Konstantin
48 Post contains images AndyEastMids : Dean I was pleasantly surprised to find JetTrader hadn't been taken Makes you sound like the Arfur Daley of the aircraft world... Andy (for people out
49 Post contains images JetTrader : Me...a dodgy dealer? Never! Cheers Andy!
50 NonRevKing : The name says it all... John "The Non Rev King" Sweeney
51 Post contains images Planedoctor : I am a medical student, but have no idea what kind if doctor I will be (yet). I have told people that I will be just a "plain" doctor since I can't de
52 Post contains links and images Aer Lingus : Wow mine is sooo creative aint it ? Click for large versionPhoto © Joe Pries Seriously though.......Aer Lingus, greatest airline EVER with the ni
53 Wlwjr : I used to rack my brain to find a username for site memeberships. My initials work for me...keeping it simple. Walter
54 Jan Mogren : I kept mine pretty simple too /JM
55 Cathay111 : Mine represents one of my favourite flights and of course the way the callsign just rolls of the tongue - I love it! Regards Craig Murray PS - No priz
56 Post contains images Cathay112 : Can you guess? I'm the 2nd half of Cathay111.
57 Post contains links and images United_Fan : Mine's pretty obvious.....I like United's routes,planes,colors,etc. Plus I fly them exclusivley,of course Click for large versionPhoto © James R
58 Aussie : Must have felt very Aussie that day .... probably had a few too many pies and schooners of VB that day, too !!! Cheers, Frank Sydney / Australia
59 Airbus380 : I wonder how I came up with mine.
60 Planeboy : Airplanes have amazed me since I was a little boy. I fly on an average of once a year - wish it was more. I enjoy watching and photographing flying ma
61 Post contains images Carlos Borda : Hahaha.... well Vasco, I work 11:00am to 9:00pm. So I'm a bit of a late owl I guess... don't normally get to bed till about 4:00am sometimes. My inter
62 Chris28_17 : wow, hopping place this topic... mine isnt too exciting, it was the first name i came up w/ when i first got a computer and email, my brain was focusi
63 Post contains images Lehpron : my username is the name of an aircraft I designed last September 2000, so is the password.
64 Post contains images KU104 : KU104 is the flight from LHR-KWI and as I lived in London for 4 years that was the time where I got involved in aviation the most by actually going ou
65 Post contains links and images AndyEastMids : Welll... AndyEastMids was pretty obvious and rather boring, so I've taken a leaf out of my friend Dean's book and picked up another name... Henceforth
66 Gabo Ramirez : My friends, my family just call me Gabo, in Mexico to the boys with the Gabriel name call Gabo and Ramirez is my last name, I dont have more to said.
67 Flightcheck : The name comes from the flight timetable magazine at my local airport at Manchester. Kevin Minter.
68 N757AT : N757AT was the 757 that took me home to South Carolina after my one year assignment at Keflavik, Icealnd with the Air Force. The aircraft was operated
69 Post contains links and images ZK-NBT : Well it was the first 744 I went on still seems to be my favourite! According to the date this shot was taken 10 days after I was on this aircraft. Cl
70 Post contains images Propfreak : don't really like props, only want to fool everybody...
71 Post contains images Contact_Tower : Frequently used frase at work...... I could not find anything better at the time!
72 CcrlR : When I first bought my computer I was registering my screen name on Gateway.net and I didn't know how to do that and I accidentally put my name and wh
73 Post contains images Da fwog : Mine? Nothing to do with aircraft at all. "Fwog" was a name I used for an online MUG (Multi User Game) called "Shades" that pre-dated the Internet (it
74 YKA : Hey Chris, I always thought you username had to do with the foggy conditions often presnet in the UK. "Da Fwog" can be read as "The Fog" where foggy c
75 Post contains images Da fwog : I suppose I could change it to "da Fog"
76 Post contains links Aviasian : "Aviasian" rhymes with "Aviation" but carries an "Asian" perspective, especially in aviation photography. Hence, my website (which has not been update
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