SNAFlyboy From United States of America, joined Oct 2007, 86 posts, RR: 0 Reply 2, posted (4 years 8 months 1 week 3 days 10 hours ago) and read 3489 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? Hmm...
1337Delta764 From United States of America, joined Oct 2005, 5820 posts, RR: 2 Reply 4, posted (4 years 8 months 1 week 3 days 10 hours ago) and read 3483 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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FlySSC From France, joined Aug 2003, 7313 posts, RR: 60 Reply 19, posted (4 years 8 months 3 days 14 hours ago) and read 3048 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".
DocLightning From United States of America, joined Nov 2005, 16936 posts, RR: 57 Reply 20, posted (4 years 7 months 4 weeks 1 day 8 hours ago) and read 2934 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.
ExFATboy From United States of America, joined Jul 2003, 2974 posts, RR: 9 Reply 21, posted (4 years 7 months 4 weeks 6 hours ago) and read 2891 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.
DocLightning From United States of America, joined Nov 2005, 16936 posts, RR: 57 Reply 22, posted (4 years 7 months 3 weeks 6 days 22 hours ago) and read 2872 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.
HomaDreaming From United States of America, joined May 2008, 83 posts, RR: 0 Reply 23, posted (4 years 7 months 2 weeks 1 day 11 hours ago) and read 2653 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...