NEXtime From United Kingdom, joined Jun 2004, 81 posts, RR: 0 Posted (8 years 9 months 1 week 22 hours ago) and read 2722 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!!
ZKSUJ From New Zealand, joined May 2004, 6933 posts, RR: 10 Reply 6, posted (8 years 9 months 4 days 14 hours ago) and read 2591 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'
FLYtoEGCC From United Kingdom, joined Feb 2004, 947 posts, RR: 3 Reply 14, posted (8 years 9 months 2 days 22 hours ago) and read 2517 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!)"
VS4ever From United States of America, joined Jun 2004, 113 posts, RR: 3 Reply 24, posted (8 years 8 months 3 weeks 4 days 22 hours ago) and read 2359 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.
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.