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A/C Look Male Or Female?  
User currently offlineNWAA330 From United States of America, joined Jun 2003, 213 posts, RR: 1
Posted (11 years 2 months 2 weeks 4 days 13 hours ago) and read 2455 times:

I have an extrodinarily weird question. Something that probably shouldn't even be asked but I'm just curious. Many people refer to aircraft or cars or whatever as if they have a sex (Looking on as she gracefully rotates) etc. My question is which a/c do you think look male and which look female? Again weird I know but just had to ask.


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User currently offlineGoose From Canada, joined Aug 2003, 1840 posts, RR: 15
Reply 1, posted (11 years 2 months 2 weeks 4 days 13 hours ago) and read 2417 times:

I don't think the assigning of a sex to a car or airplane is so much based on appearance....

Personnally, I refer to aircraft as female. I also refer to cars as female for a similar reason. Why? Because they're inherantly tempermental. You have to be nice and coax them to get them to do what you want...

Sometimes an aircraft just won't do what you want at all.... and you're left really not knowing why. It just seems to happen without any signs or warning.

Now, you can probably see the similarity with the female of the species.....  Big grin

[Edited 2003-09-09 05:23:07]


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User currently offlineNWAA330 From United States of America, joined Jun 2003, 213 posts, RR: 1
Reply 2, posted (11 years 2 months 2 weeks 4 days 13 hours ago) and read 2383 times:

Goose,

I agree with you 100% but I think that certain A/C such as this CX A340 look female while say a 744 looks male. Just a weird opinion.


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User currently offlineFlyssc From United States of America, joined Aug 2003, 7422 posts, RR: 57
Reply 3, posted (11 years 2 months 2 weeks 4 days 4 hours ago) and read 2278 times:

Funny question...: in English, you say "it" for things. You don't have the "masculin" or "feminin" for things, like we have in French, or Italian.
I noticed that when you talk about a/c, you always say "SHE", witch sounded very strange for me at the beginning, because in French, a Plane is " un avion". It's masculin. it's " LE" Boeing, "LE" Concorde. The only "feminin" plane was "LA" Caravelle...


User currently offlineCancidas From Poland, joined Jul 2003, 4112 posts, RR: 11
Reply 4, posted (11 years 2 months 2 weeks 4 days 4 hours ago) and read 2271 times:

i've always heard planes referred to as "she." that's what i do to, i have no idea why.


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User currently offlineCptkrell From United States of America, joined Sep 2001, 3220 posts, RR: 12
Reply 5, posted (11 years 2 months 2 weeks 4 days 4 hours ago) and read 2229 times:

Not a weird question, but pretty interesting. I believe watercrafts (more specifically, large sailing ships) were referred to as a "she", irrespective of the particular vessel's name. Perhaps this reference carried over to airships and now airplanes? Anyway, I have often caught myself interchanging gender for airplanes; "She's beautiful" referring to a restored Super Constellation, or, "Look at that big guy" referring to a C5 Galaxie, etc.

Anyway, I think it's an interesting topic and would like to hear additional perspectives also...Jack




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User currently offlineCptkrell From United States of America, joined Sep 2001, 3220 posts, RR: 12
Reply 6, posted (11 years 2 months 2 weeks 4 days 3 hours ago) and read 2195 times:

Oh, and I forgot to really address the original question in my previous post; I believe some aircraft actually do allude to gender because of their design. I think the 757 has a very "pretty face"...the nose/cockpit area especially look pleasingly feminine (as do some others, like the L1011 for example)...jack


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User currently offlineGodbless From Sweden, joined Apr 2000, 2753 posts, RR: 16
Reply 7, posted (11 years 2 months 2 weeks 4 days 3 hours ago) and read 2194 times:

This is what I was told:
Making planes female has the same background as it has on ships.
Considering that the captain is the boss on board ( of a ship / plane) and the "thing" he "drives" is his wife it of course has to be female.
This is also the reason why a ship's captain would always go down with HIS ship if it sank, since they "belong together".
Today however the captain does no longer have to be male but because of the history of calling planes females it just stays that what way and for me as a male I rather look at a she then at a him while spotting. Laugh out loud

However, the 747 has been considered male because of it's size in relation to the then common 707. After all it's a Jumbo and not a Jumborette.

Max


[Edited 2003-09-09 14:54:56]

User currently offlineMyt332 From United Kingdom, joined Sep 2003, 9112 posts, RR: 70
Reply 8, posted (11 years 2 months 2 weeks 4 days 3 hours ago) and read 2149 times:

I'm sorry but this HAS to be female

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User currently offlinePaulianer From Germany, joined Jul 2002, 875 posts, RR: 13
Reply 9, posted (11 years 2 months 2 weeks 4 days 3 hours ago) and read 2146 times:

I used to say "she" for an aircraft, but hey, this one seems to be male  Smile/happy/getting dizzy


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User currently offlineBoingGoingGone From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 10, posted (11 years 2 months 2 weeks 4 days 3 hours ago) and read 2100 times:

If aircraft were male:

They'd never have a mechanical problem.
They'd always know where to go without being directed.
They'd never have an accident.
and...

They'd ALWAYS be on time.


User currently offlineCapt.Fantastic From United States of America, joined Aug 1999, 750 posts, RR: 0
Reply 11, posted (11 years 2 months 2 weeks 4 days 2 hours ago) and read 2034 times:


The following are female:
A319
A320
A321
A340
B727 (quite sexy)
B737-200
B737-300/400/500
B737-600/700/800
B757-200 (Sexy!!)
B767-200
B777 (Busty!)
DC-9

The following are male
A300
A310
A330
B707/720
B747 (all series)
B757-300
B767-300
B767-400
DC-8
DC-10
MD-11
MD-80



User currently offlineEZYAirbus From United Kingdom, joined Sep 2003, 2462 posts, RR: 52
Reply 12, posted (11 years 2 months 2 weeks 4 days 1 hour ago) and read 1935 times:

I agree with Capt.Fantastic, all heavies are definatly male a/c


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User currently offlineN751PR From Japan, joined May 2002, 1249 posts, RR: 1
Reply 13, posted (11 years 2 months 2 weeks 4 days 1 hour ago) and read 1871 times:

I really dunno, I just refer a/c as "it".


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User currently offlineSabena332 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 14, posted (11 years 2 months 2 weeks 4 days 1 hour ago) and read 1857 times:

An airplane is an airplane, it is not a human object, so I say "it". Everyone who say "she" or "he" to an airplane need to get a life (or better: a girl/boyfriend).

Patrick


User currently offlineGodbless From Sweden, joined Apr 2000, 2753 posts, RR: 16
Reply 15, posted (11 years 2 months 2 weeks 3 days 4 hours ago) and read 1720 times:

*lol* Patrick  Laugh out loud
But maybe you are right on this, I'll reconsider it. Smokin cool

Max


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