Hailstone From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Posted (11 years 11 months 2 days 3 hours ago) and read 12082 times:
tried to find something through the search function, but could not find anything - even though this has probably been posted......
what unusual call signs are there (and what are their origins) ?
south african = springbok (sp?) >> plenty of sprinboks in SA
china airlines = dynasty >> reference to a chinese emperor's dynasty ?
aer lingus = shamrock >> plenty of those in ireland
british airways = speedbird >> where does this come from ??
TheGreatChecko From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 14, posted (11 years 11 months 1 day 22 hours ago) and read 11357 times:
Trans States callsign is Waterski. I cant recall the exact reason, I believe it had to do with one of their original destinations served many waterskiers or their owner was fond of waterskiing.
I cant say anything for the name of Falcon Air, but yes, there is a small population of real panthers in Florida. Its an endangered species native to the Everglades. Go here for more info: http://www.panthersociety.org/
Canoecarrier From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 22, posted (11 years 11 months 1 day 20 hours ago) and read 11115 times:
Trans States started as Resort Air in the midwest in the early 80's and flew to a newly built airport near Lake of the Ozarks in MO. I can't remember the name, it's been a while since I flew in there, but it was built for the US governor's convention. Waterski likely evolved out of the Lake of the Ozarks service from STL.
PSAjet17 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 24, posted (11 years 11 months 1 day 14 hours ago) and read 10925 times:
Rj777 America West= Cactus? What the heck?
When America West began flying, there were two other airlines operating at many of the same airport with similar sounding names; American Airlines and Western Airlines. To avoid confusion, Cactus was adopted as the callsign name for HP since they are homebased in the Arizona desert.
: Devil505, Yes, there are a number of panthers in FL. And I guess you don't like hockey too much, huh? Florida Panthers, NHL, play at the Office Depot
: A few more interesting callsigns : VSS = waterbird VM = viaggio ME = cedar jet CI = dynasty