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If You Were A Navy Pilot, Your Callsign Would Be..  
User currently offlineJetJock22 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Posted (8 years 10 months 3 weeks 1 day 21 hours ago) and read 14240 times:

If anyone in here was or is a naval aviator, what would be or what is your callsign? I'm in the process of trying to think of a good one since I'm gonna be one eventually. Have some fun and think of some good ones!

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User currently offlineFtrguy From United States of America, joined Aug 2003, 358 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (8 years 10 months 3 weeks 1 day 20 hours ago) and read 14243 times:

Its not exactly your choice. You will be given one! A callsign isn't just something you make up and decide, "hey I think I'll call myself XXXX." You will get it when (and you will) do something stupid, if your name goes with something, or if you look like someone/something. Usually its something that the "owner" absolutely hates. That's what makes it stick. If you go around saying "hey, I love my callsign, everybody call me this" nobody will do it and they will find something you hate.

If you are going to flight school, you will have many other things to worry about other than a callsign.


User currently offlineJetJock22 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 2, posted (8 years 10 months 3 weeks 1 day 20 hours ago) and read 14240 times:

I know. It's supposed to be a fun post. Most people don't ever get to experience it, so i figured why not just have some fun and make one up for yourself. No need to get uptight.  Smile

User currently offlineArmitageShanks From UK - England, joined Dec 2003, 3645 posts, RR: 15
Reply 3, posted (8 years 10 months 3 weeks 1 day 20 hours ago) and read 14232 times:

"Itinerant"

I think that would be pretty cool.

"globetrotter" would be ok too.


User currently offlineRamerinianAir From United States of America, joined Nov 2003, 1486 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (8 years 10 months 3 weeks 1 day 19 hours ago) and read 14230 times:

Come ON!!!!!! Nobody here is a Navy/ex-Navy pilot?!?!?!?!
I was talking to a Navy Pilot a few days ago - he said that there are a few gooses and maybe and ice but no maverick. He also mentioned "merlon" and "cruise(r)".
-Steven



W N = my Worst Nightmare!!!!!
User currently offlineFtrguy From United States of America, joined Aug 2003, 358 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (8 years 10 months 3 weeks 1 day 19 hours ago) and read 14230 times:

Quoting JetJock22 (Thread starter):
I'm in the process of trying to think of a good one since I'm gonna be one eventually

Just trying to tell you how it is. In other words, just trying to give you the "gouge".

FYI: Any and all callsigns from TOPGUN are permanently banned from Naval Aviation.

I heard one the other day that was quite funny. His was "Tosser" because he was extremely drunk and walked in to a gay bar in New Orleans. He tried to order a salad  banghead 


User currently offlineJetJock22 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 6, posted (8 years 10 months 3 weeks 1 day 18 hours ago) and read 14223 times:

Hahaha. That is a good one.

User currently offlineJeffry747 From United States of America, joined Jun 2005, 963 posts, RR: 2
Reply 7, posted (8 years 10 months 3 weeks 1 day 11 hours ago) and read 14211 times:
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User currently offlineFutureUALpilot From United States of America, joined May 2000, 2608 posts, RR: 8
Reply 8, posted (8 years 10 months 3 weeks 1 day 8 hours ago) and read 14206 times:

I would probably be stuck with Pringles if they ever found out about the only time I threw up while flying...

I was sick as it were, and my instructor gave me some Pringles chips before we flew...about half way through I said I wasnt feeling well, and ended up puking out the window...and for those of you who dont know, tghe slipstream on a Cessna 172 will take whatever you toss out of the front left seat, and place it all over the back seat....or whoever is sitting there at the time (i.e. my uncle.)

Ever since then my family calls me Pringles as a joke, and no, I dont like it.



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User currently offlineXJRamper From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 2473 posts, RR: 51
Reply 9, posted (8 years 10 months 3 weeks 1 day 6 hours ago) and read 14194 times:

Alright pringles...we wont call you that.  Wink

All name calling aside, here is my nickname: "cadillac zach". I hate that name, but ppl call me that cause i drive my dads car. Not that i dont enjoy the ride, its just that dosent reflect who i am.

XJR



Look ma' no hands!
User currently offlineJetJock22 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 10, posted (8 years 10 months 3 weeks 1 day 5 hours ago) and read 14190 times:

Haha, at least people don't call you Jer Bear. I can see it now. I'm flying an F-18 or whatever planes they'll have in a few years with a big care bear painted on my helmet and people calling me Jer Bear.

User currently offlineLondonlady71 From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2006, 152 posts, RR: 2
Reply 11, posted (8 years 10 months 3 weeks 1 day 4 hours ago) and read 14182 times:

personally i would always go with melons but would have some serious worries about what would happen to them at G force  Wink

User currently offlineDeltaGator From United States of America, joined Sep 2005, 6341 posts, RR: 13
Reply 12, posted (8 years 10 months 3 weeks 9 hours ago) and read 14159 times:

Quoting Londonlady71 (Reply 11):
personally i would always go with melons but would have some serious worries about what would happen to them at G force

Nice, you saucy British gal!

Quoting JetJock22 (Reply 10):
I'm flying an F-18 or whatever planes they'll have in a few years

Just to make sure you are seated in reality but everyone goes into PNS thinking they'll be a F/A-18 pilot. You will most likely be assigned to another aircraft, or shudder to think, a helicopter. Your abilities, test scores, etc. all factor into your placement but also what openings are available as your class comes through flight school. Good luck getting your wings.



"If you can't delight in the misery of others then you don't deserve to be a college football fan."
User currently offlineLondonlady71 From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2006, 152 posts, RR: 2
Reply 13, posted (8 years 10 months 3 weeks 9 hours ago) and read 14159 times:

Quoting DeltaGator (Reply 12):
Nice, you saucy British gal

that's me  Smile


User currently offlineDeltaGuy From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 14, posted (8 years 10 months 3 weeks 8 hours ago) and read 14155 times:

Like FtrGuy said, it's often a play on your name-
"Comet" Haley
Stu "Pid"

Or something distinctive about you, like "Bags" if your eyes always seem to be droopy. "Bullet" if you're completely bald, etc etc.

Or simply something that rhymes with your name-
"Smiley" Reilly.

All of these were from guys I've known over the years..half of them didn't mind it, half of them hated it...but it stuck. I guarantee you won't get to pick your own. That kind of defeats the entire purpose. I don't think I've ever seen anyone carrying around a Top Gun handle, that movie is best left for a few laughs in the ready room.

DeltaGuy


User currently offlineDeltaGator From United States of America, joined Sep 2005, 6341 posts, RR: 13
Reply 15, posted (8 years 10 months 3 weeks 8 hours ago) and read 14151 times:

Quoting DeltaGuy (Reply 14):
Top Gun

Spell it right. It's all one word TOPGUN. The movie screwed it up and now it has stuck with the masses.



"If you can't delight in the misery of others then you don't deserve to be a college football fan."
User currently offlineFtrguy From United States of America, joined Aug 2003, 358 posts, RR: 0
Reply 16, posted (8 years 10 months 3 weeks 4 hours ago) and read 14141 times:

Quoting DeltaGator (Reply 12):
Just to make sure you are seated in reality but everyone goes into PNS thinking they'll be a F/A-18 pilot. You will most likely be assigned to another aircraft, or shudder to think, a helicopter. Your abilities, test scores, etc. all factor into your placement but also what openings are available as your class comes through flight school. Good luck getting your wings.

You are right on. It seems that the people that go to Pensacola thinking they're a badass and brag on how they are going to get F-18's, are the ones who are now flying helicopters (which is not a bad thing). Go to Pensacola with an open mind and while its OK to admit that you want to fly jets, be mentally prepared to fly something else.

TIMING IS EVERYTHING. You might have jet grades, but the week you select they might not have jet slots. There were 35 pilots in my API class. There were only 3 of us that got Hornets after winging.


Funny Callsign: I knew a guy who was pretty tall and had a huge head of red hair. His callsign was "Torch."  hot  I've also heard of guys who let an engine overheat called "Torch" as well.


User currently offlineDeltaGator From United States of America, joined Sep 2005, 6341 posts, RR: 13
Reply 17, posted (8 years 10 months 3 weeks 4 hours ago) and read 14139 times:

Quoting Ftrguy (Reply 16):
It seems that the people that go to Pensacola thinking they're a badass and brag on how they are going to get F-18's, are the ones who are now flying helicopters (which is not a bad thing).

One of my closest friends became a helo pilot because of slots while one of his Academy classmates got an 18 slot in the previous group that went through PNS. He was a bit grumbly about it at first but soon realized he was still flying something which most of us can only dream about. Flying is always better than being a SWO if you ask me.  duck 



"If you can't delight in the misery of others then you don't deserve to be a college football fan."
User currently offlineFtrguy From United States of America, joined Aug 2003, 358 posts, RR: 0
Reply 18, posted (8 years 10 months 3 weeks 4 hours ago) and read 14137 times:

Quoting DeltaGator (Reply 17):
Flying is always better than being a SWO if you ask me.

I'd rather drink gasoline than be a SWO...


User currently offlineDeltaGuy From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 19, posted (8 years 10 months 3 weeks 4 hours ago) and read 14137 times:

Quoting DeltaGator (Reply 17):
Flying is always better than being a SWO if you ask me.

Any day of the week.

This helo/maritime/turboprop/jets dilema is what kept me up at night during my ROTC years in college..guys who wanted Hornets who were classes ahead of me were going there and getting helos or P-3's. Eventually only a few people in each college class were getting NA orders anyways, so it became a 1 in 1000 chance of even going fighters. Not that I'm picky, I just...don't like helos.

Hence why I'm not in that pipeline anymore, the ANG actually gives you a much better system of choosing what you're going to fly- you just have to hope you get picked up by said squadron though.

DeltaGuy


User currently offlineScottieprecord From United States of America, joined Jul 2004, 1363 posts, RR: 11
Reply 20, posted (8 years 10 months 3 weeks ago) and read 14130 times:

umm... closest I've had: nickname at work was 'mellow' haha. I guess I wouldn't mind that as a callsign.

User currently offlineAAR90 From United States of America, joined Jan 2000, 3494 posts, RR: 46
Reply 21, posted (8 years 10 months 2 weeks 6 days 19 hours ago) and read 14117 times:

Quoting Ftrguy (Reply 5):
FYI: Any and all callsigns from TOPGUN are permanently banned from Naval Aviation.

FYI: ALL the callsigns used in the movie were real except one.... "Maverick." "Hollywood" was the callsign given to NKX's Public Affairs Officer --who babysat the movie stars (and everybody else) during filming. Kelly McGillis' character wasn't originally in the script, but was written in after the producers met the inspiration for her character... a civilian analyst w/callsign: "Legs."

Quoting Ftrguy (Reply 16):
TIMING IS EVERYTHING. You might have jet grades, but the week you select they might not have jet slots. There were 35 pilots in my API class. There were only 3 of us that got Hornets after winging.

You did good. Out of 52 SNA's (Student Naval Aviators) in my starting class, only 5 ever received their Wings-of-Gold.



*NO CARRIER* -- A Naval Aviator's worst nightmare!
User currently offlineLondonlady71 From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2006, 152 posts, RR: 2
Reply 22, posted (8 years 10 months 2 weeks 6 days 13 hours ago) and read 14115 times:

Quoting DeltaGuy (Reply 14):
Like FtrGuy said, it's often a play on your name-
"Comet" Haley
Stu "Pid"

oh well that worked well with me then....helenmelons

Quoting DeltaGuy (Reply 14):
Or something distinctive about you, like "Bags" if your eyes always seem to be droopy. "Bullet" if you're completely bald, etc etc.

oh yeah the melons are sure distinctive  Wink


User currently offlineDeltaGator From United States of America, joined Sep 2005, 6341 posts, RR: 13
Reply 23, posted (8 years 10 months 2 weeks 6 days 8 hours ago) and read 14109 times:

Quoting Londonlady71 (Reply 22):
Quoting DeltaGuy (Reply 14):
Like FtrGuy said, it's often a play on your name-
"Comet" Haley
Stu "Pid"

oh well that worked well with me then....helenmelons

Quoting DeltaGuy (Reply 14):
Or something distinctive about you, like "Bags" if your eyes always seem to be droopy. "Bullet" if you're completely bald, etc etc.

oh yeah the melons are sure distinctive

You're cracking me up!

I spoke with my Navy friend last night and his callsign is Wookie, like Chewbacca in Star Wars, since he is overly hairy. He flies helos and the call signs aren't as a big deal as jet pilots but they still have them.



"If you can't delight in the misery of others then you don't deserve to be a college football fan."
User currently offlineLondonlady71 From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2006, 152 posts, RR: 2
Reply 24, posted (8 years 10 months 2 weeks 6 days 7 hours ago) and read 14106 times:

Quoting DeltaGator (Reply 23):
You're cracking me up!

awww bless you....

what do you want?  Wink


25 DeltaGator : Nothing at all. I'm happily married but an upgrade if I ever take UA out of LHR would be nice if you could arrange that.
26 OttoPylit : DeltaGuy's callsign would be "Cleveland Steamer" for reasons of a bad experience with an ex. LOL Lets see if I get this straight. What would my calls
27 DeltaGator : Oh boy. You're stirring the pot with that one!
28 DeltaGuy : Damn AAR90, that's quite an attrition rate...this was back when? I'm guessing 1980-85 timeframe for you? DeltaGuy
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