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"Genders" Of Aircraft Types  
User currently online1337Delta764 From United States of America, joined Oct 2005, 6537 posts, RR: 2
Posted (5 years 11 months 2 weeks 1 day 6 hours ago) and read 5153 times:

I was wondering, do you happen to consider different aircraft types to be different genders? I personally do. Here is my list:

Boeing:

  • 717 - male
  • 737-300/500/600/700 - male
  • 737-400/800/900 - female
  • 747 (all models) - male. Yes, I know some people call the 747 the "Queen" of the Skies, however, I find it to be more of a male aircraft.
  • 757 (all models) - female
  • 767-200 - male
  • 767-300 - female
  • 767-400ER - female
  • 777 (all models) - female


Airbus:
  • A300 - male
  • A310 - male
  • A318/A319 - male
  • A320/A321 - female
  • A330 (all models) - female
  • A340 (all models) - male
  • A380 - male


McDonnell Douglas:
  • DC-10 - male
  • MD-11 - male
  • MD-80 - male
  • MD-90 - female


Lockheed:
  • L-1011 - female


Does anyone have their own opinions?

[Edited 2008-10-12 13:15:17]


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User currently offlineZBBYLW From Canada, joined Nov 2006, 1985 posts, RR: 6
Reply 1, posted (5 years 11 months 2 weeks 1 day 6 hours ago) and read 5148 times:

When ever I fly something I call it her, or she. For instance when talking about my favourite plane, I would say I miss flying FFCM she was amazing!


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User currently offlineSNAFlyboy From United States of America, joined Oct 2007, 86 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (5 years 11 months 2 weeks 1 day 6 hours ago) and read 5141 times:

I've never really thought about it, but now that I have, I think I consider all aircraft default "female". It's sort of like any other piece of fairly large machinery, like ships for instance, which I believe are typically thought of as "female" by the general public...

Quoting 1337Delta764 (Thread starter):
I was wondering, do you happen to consider different aircraft types to be different genders? I personally do.

I can understand why some people would differentiate between "male" and "female" aircraft though...especially the A380! It's so awkward and ungainly, it would be a disgrace to call it "female"! Yeesh.

Now here's a question. What sort of criteria does one consider (consciously or not) when trying to determine whether an aircraft is a boy or a girl?  eyebrow  Hmm...

~SNAFlyboy


User currently offlineCrimsonNL From Netherlands, joined Dec 2007, 1874 posts, RR: 41
Reply 3, posted (5 years 11 months 2 weeks 1 day 6 hours ago) and read 5139 times:
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I always consider them female, nothing looking good like that could be male IMO


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User currently online1337Delta764 From United States of America, joined Oct 2005, 6537 posts, RR: 2
Reply 4, posted (5 years 11 months 2 weeks 1 day 6 hours ago) and read 5135 times:



Quoting SNAFlyboy (Reply 2):
Now here's a question. What sort of criteria does one consider (consciously or not) when trying to determine whether an aircraft is a boy or a girl? Hmm...

Well, I think that the short and stubby aircraft tend to lean towards male, while the long and sleek aircraft lean towards female. Also, I think that rear-mounted engines tend to lean towards male, except if they are in an S-duct like the L-1011. However, the MD-90 is one exception because it is long and thin. Also, I think that quads are more male-looking.



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User currently offlineCairnterriAIR From United States of America, joined Jun 2008, 404 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (5 years 11 months 2 weeks 1 day ago) and read 5102 times:

Ok....I'll take a shot here....


Boeing 747 (all versions)...Male, probably lifts weights in his free time.

Boeing 757....Female and quite an athletic jock, as well as attractive. The 747 has a crush on her.

Boeing 767 (all versions)....Female and older sister of the 757. She's a bit jealous of her little sister. Why do all the guys like her?

Boeing 777...Big male, perhaps once was a 767, but discovered steroids.

Boeing 737-200/300/500...Male....every little league team has a token fat kid. Much the same, many airlines do too!

Boeing 737-800...Female, best friends with 757. They snicker behind 777's back when he winks at them.

DC-9...male. Very content with his job at NWA, not thnking of retiring any time soon.

VC-10...Female...very proper but classy. Has a Russian cousin who is female as well. She's an IL-62. Different backrounds but very alike!

IL-96...Male, has inferiority complex. Been passed up for too many good jobs. Wish he could land the same gig at NWA the DC-9's got, but the damn fellow just won't retire!

DC-3...Male with many stories to tell, hates modern technology and thinks that none of these young kids know anything about flying!

DC-8-61...female.....her BFF Boeing 707 is worried about her, as she thinks the 8 is starving herself!

MD-80...Male...has a pain in the A$$ little brother, CRJ-200!


User currently offlineLowrider From United States of America, joined Jun 2004, 3220 posts, RR: 10
Reply 6, posted (5 years 11 months 2 weeks 14 hours ago) and read 5063 times:

Anything that requires as much time, money, and attention as a plane must be female.


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User currently offlineAirbusA6 From United Kingdom, joined Apr 2005, 2013 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (5 years 11 months 1 week 6 days 9 hours ago) and read 5016 times:

DC8 - 61, A340-600 and B757-300 all excessively long, and a touch phallic - must be Male  Smile


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User currently offlineHT From Germany, joined May 2005, 6525 posts, RR: 23
Reply 8, posted (5 years 11 months 1 week 5 days 19 hours ago) and read 4954 times:

The two most famous French a/c (one in cooperation with the British), definitely are female:

Concorde
Caravelle


-HT



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User currently offline2H4 From United States of America, joined Oct 2004, 8955 posts, RR: 59
Reply 9, posted (5 years 11 months 1 week 5 days 8 hours ago) and read 4921 times:
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Male.



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User currently offlineHorizonGirl From Canada, joined Mar 2005, 807 posts, RR: 15
Reply 10, posted (5 years 11 months 1 week 5 days 2 hours ago) and read 4903 times:



Quoting 2H4 (Reply 9):
Male.

With the above being the obvious exception, I think most aircraft are generally perceived as "female" but some of them have a definitely have a male appearance to them.

Quoting CairnterriAIR (Reply 5):

Haha nicely written.  Smile

Devon



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User currently offlineSNAFlyboy From United States of America, joined Oct 2007, 86 posts, RR: 0
Reply 11, posted (5 years 11 months 1 week 4 days 1 hour ago) and read 4851 times:



Quoting 2H4 (Reply 9):
Male.

Leave it to 2H4 to bring up one of those obscure examples from way outa left field. Big grin

~SNAFlyboy


User currently offlineAviateur From United States of America, joined Apr 2004, 1352 posts, RR: 11
Reply 12, posted (5 years 11 months 1 week 4 days 1 hour ago) and read 4845 times:

This is a really interesting post, in a weird way.

For what it's worth, I agreed with almost ALL of your choices.


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User currently offlineB747forever From Sweden, joined May 2007, 17066 posts, RR: 10
Reply 13, posted (5 years 11 months 1 week 3 days 23 hours ago) and read 4835 times:

I consider all a/c as females.

Quoting 2H4 (Reply 9):
Male.

LOL!!!

Quoting CairnterriAIR (Reply 5):
Male.

Got a good laugh when reading that. Thank you  Smile



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User currently offlineDocLightning From United States of America, joined Nov 2005, 19726 posts, RR: 58
Reply 14, posted (5 years 11 months 1 week 3 days 3 hours ago) and read 4798 times:



Quoting CrimsonNL (Reply 3):
I always consider them female, nothing looking good like that could be male IMO

Ever had a good, long, hard look at the 777 fuselage?

I dunno. Big, thick, long fuselage and two enormous, low-hanging engines.

Looks like a boy to me!


User currently offlineYXD172 From Canada, joined Feb 2008, 449 posts, RR: 0
Reply 15, posted (5 years 11 months 1 week 2 days 5 hours ago) and read 4744 times:

Personally, anything with a centre landing gear is male. Big grin


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The rest are female.

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User currently offlineFlySSC From United States of America, joined Aug 2003, 7412 posts, RR: 57
Reply 16, posted (5 years 11 months 1 week 1 day 12 hours ago) and read 4711 times:



Quoting HT (Reply 8):
The two most famous French a/c (one in cooperation with the British), definitely are female:

Concorde
Caravelle

 no 

In the French Language, there is no "neutral", like "it" in English or "das" in German.
Everything is "masculine" or "feminine"

Airplane ("Avion") is masculine. un/le avion.
Runway ("piste") is feminine. une/la piste.

So all airplanes are masculine/male : LE / UN Boeing, LE / UN Concorde, UN Airbus, LE / UN Tupolev.

The only "female" airplane is LA Caravelle.


User currently offlineWILCO737 From Greenland, joined Jun 2004, 9033 posts, RR: 75
Reply 17, posted (5 years 11 months 1 week 1 day 11 hours ago) and read 4711 times:
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Quoting YXD172 (Reply 15):
Personally, anything with a centre landing gear is male. Big grin

Maybe, but the MD11F is so bitchy, that the MD11F can only be female. I always call her a she. "what is she doing again" Big grin

WILCO737 (MD11F)
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User currently offline2H4 From United States of America, joined Oct 2004, 8955 posts, RR: 59
Reply 18, posted (5 years 11 months 1 week 1 day 10 hours ago) and read 4704 times:
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Quoting FlySSC (Reply 16):
In the French Language, there is no "neutral", like "it" in English or "das" in German.
Everything is "masculine" or "feminine"

Airplane ("Avion") is masculine. un/le avion.
Runway ("piste") is feminine. une/la piste.

So all airplanes are masculine/male : LE / UN Boeing, LE / UN Concorde, UN Airbus, LE / UN Tupolev.

The only "female" airplane is LA Caravelle.

I think you're missing the spirit of the thread. It's not discussing which aircraft are grammatically male or female....It's discussing aircraft are generally interpreted as male or female.

2H4



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User currently offlineFlySSC From United States of America, joined Aug 2003, 7412 posts, RR: 57
Reply 19, posted (5 years 11 months 1 week 1 day 10 hours ago) and read 4700 times:



Quoting 2H4 (Reply 18):
I think you're missing the spirit of the thread. It's not discussing which aircraft are grammatically male or female....It's discussing aircraft are generally interpreted as male or female.

I understood this. What I meant is that the influence of your "mother tongue" is probably vey important.

I doubt you will find ANY French speaking aviation nut who will think an airplane can be "female".


User currently offlineDocLightning From United States of America, joined Nov 2005, 19726 posts, RR: 58
Reply 20, posted (5 years 11 months 4 days 3 hours ago) and read 4586 times:



Quoting WILCO737 (Reply 17):
Maybe, but the MD11F is so bitchy, that the MD11F can only be female. I always call her a she. "what is she doing again"

Wilco, your relationship with the MD11 is like a typical relationship with any woman: love/hate. The sense I get is that the MD-11 is like a beautiful, lovely lady who suffers from severe PMS: you're never quite sure when she's going to turn bitchy, but rest assured that when she does she will do so spectacularly and without warning.


User currently offlineExFATboy From United States of America, joined Jul 2003, 2974 posts, RR: 8
Reply 21, posted (5 years 11 months 3 days 1 hour ago) and read 4543 times:

I've always considered planes female, guess it just comes from so much of aeronautical terminology coming from the nautical tradition.

Quoting FlySSC (Reply 19):
I understood this. What I meant is that the influence of your "mother tongue" is probably very important.

True, which is why this is a very intriguing question for us Anglophones, since English does not assign "gender" to inanimate objects. If it isn't alive, it's an "it" as far as the English language is concerned...and yet ships are female to most native Anglophones.


User currently offlineDocLightning From United States of America, joined Nov 2005, 19726 posts, RR: 58
Reply 22, posted (5 years 11 months 2 days 17 hours ago) and read 4524 times:



Quoting ExFATboy (Reply 21):
and yet ships are female to most native Anglophones.

Admiral Nimitz is quoted as having said that "We call a ship 'she' because it costs so much to keep her in paint and powder."

I've found another thing interesting. As soon as we speak of the union of a ship and her captain or a plane and her captain, she becomes "he." When pilots speak of each-other's aircraft, they always say "he." As in: "I don't want him to push back until that luggage cart is out of the way," or "He's at your 2:30." Even if the pilot is a woman. Same is true of ships.


User currently offlineHomaDreaming From United States of America, joined May 2008, 83 posts, RR: 0
Reply 23, posted (5 years 10 months 2 weeks 6 days 6 hours ago) and read 4305 times:

Wait isnt it bad luck to consider them as males? I used to have a car that me and my friends jokingly called Vincent...I hit a Deer with it and it was totaled (the deer survived =p)...call me superstitious...but,since that, I will consider any ship, plane, car, train, whatever Im going to be in or on or around as a he...their all girls, specially the Boeing ones who are the pretty girls of the skies...The only plane that has somehow given me some sort of a boy feel is the fokker 100...and I dont know why I feel that way...

User currently offlinePGNCS From United States of America, joined Apr 2007, 2825 posts, RR: 45
Reply 24, posted (5 years 10 months 2 weeks 4 days 23 hours ago) and read 4227 times:

I think they are all machines and are, therefore, without gender.

25 BAe146QT : Sir! You are applying logic and rational thought to a question which requires neither! Any machine can be difficult or recalcitrant and may apparentl
26 1stfl94 : In my view A340-300- female, very much like a supermodel. Catch her in the right livery at the right angle she looks amazing, catch on an off day you
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