Sponsor Message:
Travel Polls & Prefs Forum
My Starred Topics | Profile | New Topic | Forum Index | Help | Search 
Airliner "Nicknames"  
User currently offlineNEXtime From United Kingdom, joined Jun 2004, 81 posts, RR: 0
Posted (9 years 8 months 6 days 16 hours ago) and read 3590 times:

A recent article on an aviation website here in the UK asks about "Nicknames" for airliners...
A "Jumbo" or "Lump" is a Boeing 747 (Or a "Floppy" in the case of a 747-400!)
A "Pig" or "Bobby" is a Boeing 737
A "Bong" or "Kipper" is a Boeing 707
A "Minibus" is an A320
A "Cave Monster" is a Tuploev 154 (I like this one!)
A "Spider" is a Tupolev 134
A "Whistling Wheelbarrow" is a Yak 40 (I Like this one too!)
And going back a few years:-
A "Breadvan" was a Vickers Vanguard
A "Whale" was a Vickers VC10
A "Budgie" is an HS 748
There must be lots more - Lets hear from you!!





Fantastic 4-Holers : Concorde, Boeing 747SP & Lockheed Jetstar - I'm lovin' it!
43 replies: All unread, showing first 25:
 
User currently offlineMD11LuxuryLinr From United States of America, joined Jul 2003, 1385 posts, RR: 15
Reply 1, posted (9 years 8 months 6 days 16 hours ago) and read 3544 times:

I heard the 737-200 be called a "smurf" by pilots on more than one occasion..

Other 737s, particularly the -300 through the -500s were called "guppies"..



Caution wake turbulence, you are following a heavy jet.
User currently offlineRingwaymanc From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2004, 81 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (9 years 8 months 4 days 9 hours ago) and read 3511 times:

Dan Air 727-200 "LP" Limping prick.....thats was her nickname in the 80,s out of manchester uk

User currently onlineAmerican 767 From United States of America, joined May 1999, 3650 posts, RR: 12
Reply 3, posted (9 years 8 months 4 days 8 hours ago) and read 3509 times:

Eastern's L-1011 used to be called "Whisperliner"

View Large View Medium
Click here for bigger photo!

Photo © Ken Rose



Ben Soriano
Brussels Belgium



Ben Soriano
User currently offlineDelta767300ER From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 2562 posts, RR: 12
Reply 4, posted (9 years 8 months 4 days 6 hours ago) and read 3503 times:

L-1011=Tritanic. And another one was some people said they called it the L-1011 because it was late 10 out of 11 times. Personally, I loved the L-1011 and never had any major problems with one.

-Delta767300ER


User currently offlineAA300B From Ecuador, joined Jul 2004, 103 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (9 years 8 months 3 days 11 hours ago) and read 3466 times:

I heard people in Mexico call the A300 the ''ScareBus''

Some people call ''F***ing Fokker'' to Fokkers



F28, Md-88, DC-10, E-145, E-170, E-190, A310, A300, A319, A320, 721,722, 732, 73G, 738, 752, 753, 763, 777!
User currently offlineZKSUJ From New Zealand, joined May 2004, 7073 posts, RR: 12
Reply 6, posted (9 years 8 months 3 days 7 hours ago) and read 3459 times:

747 is of course the 'Jumbojet'
Others 737=baby boeing, L111=tristar, BAE146=whisperjet.
For SQ there is Jubilee, Megatop, Big Top, Celestar, Leadership etc... and the BA 744 that carried the English rugby team was dubbed 'Sweet Chariot'


User currently offlineThunderace From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2004, 12 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (9 years 8 months 3 days 6 hours ago) and read 3455 times:

I have some airline nicknames that my father used to use in the 70's

1. TWA Teenie Weenie Airlines
2. Aer Lingus Air Fungus
3. BOAC Better On A Camel

Any one have anymore?



User currently offlineTeva From France, joined Jan 2001, 1869 posts, RR: 16
Reply 8, posted (9 years 8 months 3 days 6 hours ago) and read 3453 times:

Here are 2 names used by Crossair:
BAE146...... Jumbolino
Saab 2000 .... Concordino

teva



Ecoute les orgues, Elles jouent pour toi...C'est le requiem pour un con
User currently offlineSwissgabe From Switzerland, joined Jan 2000, 5266 posts, RR: 33
Reply 9, posted (9 years 8 months 3 days 4 hours ago) and read 3447 times:


View Large View Medium
Click here for bigger photo!

Photo © Gabriel Mueller


Harbin Yunshuji 12 is what they call a "Panda" ...



Smooth as silk - Royal Orchid Service /// Suid-Afrikaanse Lugdiens - Springbok
User currently offlineDelta767300ER From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 2562 posts, RR: 12
Reply 10, posted (9 years 8 months 3 days 4 hours ago) and read 3444 times:

Deathtrap Cruiser 10= DC-10

-Delta767300ER


User currently offlineSwissgabe From Switzerland, joined Jan 2000, 5266 posts, RR: 33
Reply 11, posted (9 years 8 months 3 days 3 hours ago) and read 3442 times:

Another one would be Japan Airlines MD11 which is called J-Bird ...


Smooth as silk - Royal Orchid Service /// Suid-Afrikaanse Lugdiens - Springbok
User currently offlineTristar100 From United Kingdom, joined Jul 2004, 309 posts, RR: 0
Reply 12, posted (9 years 8 months 2 days 3 hours ago) and read 3403 times:

Hi folks I have one or two.

A340 - Snail.

B767 - Slug.

BAe 146 - Bedspring.

B757 - Tubes.

B737 - Pig or Fat Albert.

A340-600 - Bendy Bus.

ILL-62 - Whistling Wheelbarrow.

Tu154 - Smokie Joe.

A318 - Micro bus.

B777 - Screwdriver.

ATP - Another Technical Problem.

B747-200 - Classic.

MD-11 - Scud.

Concorde - Big Nose

Just a few that come to mind, cheers

Steve.


User currently offlineNWAskyteam From United States of America, joined Aug 2004, 75 posts, RR: 0
Reply 13, posted (9 years 8 months 1 day 16 hours ago) and read 3389 times:

747-200....the generic whale...or to the Brits the 747 "Classic"

DC9...the Diesel 9
DC9-10...the Barbie Fun-Jet

727...the three-holer
727-100....stubby


User currently offlineFLYtoEGCC From United Kingdom, joined Feb 2004, 947 posts, RR: 3
Reply 14, posted (9 years 8 months 1 day 16 hours ago) and read 3385 times:

I quote from a book of mine - 80 Years Of Civil Aviation, Leo Marriott - "[the 737 had] six-abreast seating compared to the five-abreast arrangement of the DC-9 and BAC 1-11. This did give the 737 a rather tubby appearance leading to its well known nickname of FLUFF (Fat Little Ugly Fellow!)"


Come fly with me, let's fly, let's fly away...
User currently offlineNorthwest717 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 15, posted (9 years 8 months 1 day 15 hours ago) and read 3382 times:

I always liked this one: A318 = "BabyBus"  Big thumbs up

-Tim  Smile/happy/getting dizzy


User currently offlineMsl747 From United States of America, joined Jul 2004, 412 posts, RR: 1
Reply 16, posted (9 years 8 months 1 day 13 hours ago) and read 3375 times:

TWA= Try Walking across

-Msl747



Commercial Pilot Certificate: Single and Multi-Engine Land; Instrument Airplane
User currently offlineVimanav From India, joined Jul 2003, 1514 posts, RR: 15
Reply 17, posted (9 years 7 months 3 weeks 6 days 22 hours ago) and read 3321 times:

I have a couple of personal favorites which are specific to two A300s of Indian Airlines regn VT-EHC and VT-EHD. Pilots fondly refer to them as "hot chocolate" and "hot dog".

rgds//Vimanav



Sarfaroshi kii tamannaa ab hamaare dil mein hai, Dekhnaa hai zor kitnaa baazu-e-qaatil mein hai
User currently offlineNightFlier From United States of America, joined May 2004, 284 posts, RR: 2
Reply 18, posted (9 years 7 months 3 weeks 6 days 12 hours ago) and read 3305 times:

As per USA ATC:

747- eighteen wheeler
737- Baby Boeing
777- Big Foot
MD-80- Mad Dog
DC-10 - Diesel Ten
L10ll- Jurassic Jet

I think there are a few more maybe someone at TRACon can help me out  Big thumbs up



Airplanes are only as good as the people who fly&fix them.
User currently offlineTristarenvy From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 2265 posts, RR: 3
Reply 19, posted (9 years 7 months 3 weeks 5 days 23 hours ago) and read 3292 times:

I read an article where some crews referred to the MD-80, as "The Lawn Dart".

Funny at first 'till you start to think about it, I guess...



If you don't stand for SOMETHING, you'll fall for ANYTHING.
User currently offlineN754AN From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 20, posted (9 years 7 months 3 weeks 5 days 23 hours ago) and read 3287 times:

I have often heard the 757 being referred to as a 'Flying Banana!'

Not quite sure how that come about though cos banana's are normally bent!

:-d
N754AN



User currently offlineN754AN From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 21, posted (9 years 7 months 3 weeks 5 days 23 hours ago) and read 3286 times:

Ooh... one more i forgot...

747SP.... FAT DUCK!

 Laugh out loud
N754AN


User currently offlineUsairways16bwi From United States of America, joined May 2004, 1004 posts, RR: 4
Reply 22, posted (9 years 7 months 3 weeks 5 days 16 hours ago) and read 3269 times:

i like to call the 757-300 the flying pencil. i also like to refer to the 737 and 777 as david and goliath. lol

User currently offlineTupolevTu154 From Germany, joined Aug 2004, 2174 posts, RR: 28
Reply 23, posted (9 years 7 months 3 weeks 4 days 20 hours ago) and read 3251 times:

Bae 146


View Large View Medium
Click here for bigger photo!

Photo © Norbert Genci


"Whisperjet"

TupolevTu154



Atheists - Winning since 33 A.D.
User currently offlineVS4ever From United States of America, joined Jun 2004, 115 posts, RR: 2
Reply 24, posted (9 years 7 months 3 weeks 3 days 16 hours ago) and read 3227 times:

I seem to recall there was a derogatory nickname for Sabena, which was an acroymn, then it used to go that SAS = Same as Sabena, but I can't remember the Sabena part (the n and the a stood for never again, I think)

Can anyone enlighten me.

VS4ever.



Bring Back Orion Airways, you were the best!
25 HLF-MD11 : A few years ago I heard on HAJ TOWER frequency : "After IRISH CONCORDE on short final - line up and hold" The aircraft on final : SHORTS SKYVAN SABENA
26 VS4ever : HLF - thanks, I remember it now, I think bloody can be replaced with bad as well, if I remember too, but still. It makes the point! The question is, w
27 Tristar100 : Perhaps for the A380 - Klondike Kate! Big bird, ugly and a huge upper deck! Steve.
28 Post contains links and images KLbambie : I remember our Pilots on the Bae146's lovingly referred to the F100 as - The Death Tube! View Large View MediumPhoto © Gary Watt - AirTeamImages
29 Luis777 : 707 = seven old seven Regards LG
30 JGPH1A : Re: FLUFF SAA crews used to refer to the 737's as Fluffies. In the SAAF, C130's (and Safair's L100's) were referred to as Flossies.
31 AZjetgeek : "After IRISH CONCORDE on short final - line up and hold" The aircraft on final : SHORTS SKYVAN I love it! Of course, I'm also a fan of the Skyvan. A v
32 Bmacleod : SQ refers to its 747-400 as 'MEGATOP'. The old Lockheed Constellations were often called 'Connies'. AC commonly referred its DC-9s as 'Niners'.[Edited
33 Bmacleod : BA referred its Concordes as 'Speedbird'. Or was it a ATC callsign?[Edited 2004-09-03 02:38:37]
34 Levent : Mmacleod, Speedbird is the callsign for British Airways. Fokker 50 pilots call their plane Pregnant Duck in summer, because it doesn´t climb very goo
35 DAL7e7 : Wasn't VS's slogan "More experience than our name suggests" one time? Isn't the F-4 also called the double ugly? Trey
36 10MID : The ERJ has been refered to as "Brasilia Jet" and "Barbie Jet".
37 CanadianNorth : A few that I have used/heard B727 = thunderjet B747 = big whale B777 = Bigfoot ERJs = Jungle Jets CRJs = Skidoos L1011 = tritanic DC-10 = death craft
38 VSXA380X800 : Wasn't VS's slogan "More experience than our name suggests" one time? LOL Funny..... Heres one. The A380-Big Bird or Bus
39 RobK : The Bombardier Global Express is called a Globule over here in the UK. Rob K
40 Ryangooner : ever hear of the 777 being referred to as a "MONSTER"? ive heard this a couple of times: "A lump and a monster on finals!" Ryan
41 VSXA380X800 : Heres my list of all of my names I came up with- A318-Mini/BabyBus A321-StrechyBus A343-Turn around and take a REAL Bus A345-777Bus A380-Bloated Bus M
42 Ts-ior : MD-80s, DC-8s and DC-9s look like the Japanese high speed train. B753 is a flying pencil. "Un stylo volant".
43 Post contains images PHLBOS : B753 is a flying pencil. So were the 'stretched' DC-8s. Eastern's L-1011 used to be called "Whisperliner" Around the same timeframe (the '70s), EA cal
Top Of Page
Forum Index

This topic is archived and can not be replied to any more.

Printer friendly format

Similar topics:More similar topics...
Airliner "Nicknames" posted Tue Aug 17 2004 01:41:31 by NEXtime
"Fat-looking A/c" posted Wed Nov 8 2006 14:23:00 by LY777
Trade "buddy" Passes From Your Airline? posted Mon Oct 2 2006 06:12:49 by OOer
Your "typical" Airline/aircraft Upon Spo posted Thu Sep 14 2006 00:37:47 by Chicago757
732's Gone... Next "Classic A/C Type" To posted Sat Sep 2 2006 02:34:17 by Warreng24
Airports "In The Shadow" Of A Bigger Air posted Sat Aug 26 2006 00:26:59 by Phxtravelboy
"Airline" On A&E posted Wed Aug 16 2006 17:40:25 by Dimoko
"United 93" Movie. Did You See It? posted Wed Aug 9 2006 00:40:13 by PipoA380
Is An Aircraft "He" Or "She"? posted Thu Jun 1 2006 07:38:33 by ESGG
Your "Most Interesting" Flights posted Wed May 24 2006 20:33:25 by TurkishWings