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User currently offlineHailstone 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 ??

anybody care to add ?



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User currently offlineCPDC10-30 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 1, posted (11 years 11 months 2 days 3 hours ago) and read 12034 times:

Canada 3000's callsign was: Elite

I can think of other airlines that deserved that callsign a bit more  Smile/happy/getting dizzy


User currently offlineLongHauler From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 2, posted (11 years 11 months 2 days 3 hours ago) and read 11996 times:

CPAir / Canadian Pacific was "Empress".

User currently offlineAeroyu From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 3, posted (11 years 11 months 2 days 2 hours ago) and read 11897 times:

I heard "speedbird" for BA is due to BA won a speed contest long long time ago.

User currently offlinePortcolumbus From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 4, posted (11 years 11 months 2 days 2 hours ago) and read 11817 times:

Trans States = Waterski?
AirTran = Citrus


User currently offlineDtwclipper From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 5, posted (11 years 11 months 2 days 2 hours ago) and read 11797 times:

New York Air: APPLE

Air Florida: PALM


User currently offlineDevil505x From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 6, posted (11 years 11 months 2 days 2 hours ago) and read 11758 times:

Falcon Air Express= Panther Florida Panthers? I don't know are there panthers in Florida?
PSA = BlueStreak?

Doesn't Transtates just go by "Trans States"?


User currently offlineHailstone From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 7, posted (11 years 11 months 2 days 2 hours ago) and read 11719 times:

pe@rson,

i did bother to look up your profile - you were accepted for tertiary education ??

for somebody widely travelled as stated in your profile, i am surprised that a typo in your 'nick' would cause such a reaction.

and yes, it is not my first language - but i can articulate myself in more than one, which, i dare say, you apparantly cannot.



User currently offlineRj777 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 8, posted (11 years 11 months 1 day 23 hours ago) and read 11575 times:

America West= Cactus? What the heck?

User currently offlineWilco From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 9, posted (11 years 11 months 1 day 23 hours ago) and read 11526 times:

National (R.I.P.)=Red Rock

User currently offlineXFSUgimpLB41X From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 10, posted (11 years 11 months 1 day 23 hours ago) and read 11511 times:

our callsign (Pinnacle Airlines..Northwest Airlink) is Flagship.

American Trans Air- AmTran
ACA- Blue Grass
Chicago Express- Windy City
ASA-Candler
Spirit- Spiritwings
Southeast- Sunking


User currently offlineTjwgrr From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 11, posted (11 years 11 months 1 day 22 hours ago) and read 11445 times:

ACA is Blue Ridge




User currently offlineAndz From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 12, posted (11 years 11 months 1 day 22 hours ago) and read 11402 times:
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SAA's callsign is "Springbok" because the "flying springbok" was the airline's emblem until the current colour scheme was adopted.

Just like "Speedbird" is British Airways' callsign, because the speedbird was the logo of their predecessor, BOAC, and early BA liveries had the speedbird emblem on the aircraft


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User currently offlineHugojimenez From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 13, posted (11 years 11 months 1 day 22 hours ago) and read 11357 times:

TACA= Transportes Aereos Centro Americanos (Tragedias Aereas Cada Ano= in English "Air Tragedies each Year").


User currently offlineTheGreatChecko From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 14, posted (11 years 11 months 1 day 22 hours ago) and read 11357 times:

Devil505x,

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/

I've always liked:

American Eagle = EagleFlight

GreatChecko


User currently offlineXFSUgimpLB41X From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 15, posted (11 years 11 months 1 day 22 hours ago) and read 11323 times:

lol- whoops.....meant to type blue ridge.. my fingers decided not to follow my brains instructions. it happens!

User currently offlineDevil505x From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 16, posted (11 years 11 months 1 day 20 hours ago) and read 11266 times:

When Trans States flies into AVP they don't use the call sign "waterski"

User currently offlineJetskipper From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 17, posted (11 years 11 months 1 day 20 hours ago) and read 11234 times:

Then it's not Trans States!

Continental Express......JetLink (this was their callsign long before the RJ's showed up onsite)


User currently offlineDeltaRules From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 18, posted (11 years 11 months 1 day 20 hours ago) and read 11229 times:

Canadian North- "Empress"
Valujet was "Critter"
Pan Am- "Clipper"

DeltaRules



User currently offlineDevil505x From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 19, posted (11 years 11 months 1 day 20 hours ago) and read 11195 times:

Sure its TransStates they are flying the USairways express routes

User currently offlineUnattendedbag From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 20, posted (11 years 11 months 1 day 20 hours ago) and read 11163 times:


http://www.airliners.net/discussions/general_aviation/read.main/1241292/



http://www.airliners.net/discussions/general_aviation/read.main/1241292/


User currently offlineKalakaua From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 21, posted (11 years 11 months 1 day 20 hours ago) and read 11156 times:

For those who do not know what a Springbok, aka "Spring Buck," is. A leaping springbok can clear 3.5 m, and can reach speeds of 90 km/hr, bounding 15 metres in a single leap.

http://www.wildlifesafari.info/springbok.html



User currently offlineCanoecarrier 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.

http://www.transstates.net/history.html

[Edited 2004-03-12 23:10:36]

User currently offlineAirdude66 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 23, posted (11 years 11 months 1 day 18 hours ago) and read 11032 times:

Valujet = Critter Nickname of their logo/mascot

Pinnacle = Flagship ????Any ideas where that came from


User currently offlinePSAjet17 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.


25 Komododx : 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
26 Marcopolo747 : A few more interesting callsigns : VSS = waterbird VM = viaggio ME = cedar jet CI = dynasty
27 DeltaRules : Mesa- "Air Shuttle" DeltaRules[Edited 2004-03-13 05:23:40]
28 Maiznblu_757 : Northwest Airlines callsign is Northwest. Strange if you ask me.
29 Hailstone : unattendedbag as i wrote, i knew it was discussed, but could not find it through the search function. thanks
30 FlyingColours : Our new start up AV8 (Man-Air) did use "Pennine" but it caused lots of problems because it was getting people mixed up with "Pennine Radar" - I could
31 JFKviaPHX : jetBlue is "jetBlue"
32 Mozart : - Helvetica of Switzerland is "Arabella" - Air Caraibes is "French West", because it is from the French West Indies - Air Atlantique is "Charante", a
33 WingnutMN : Fed Ex is "Air Spur" Any reasons behind that name? WingnutMN
34 LV : When you say National as "Red Rock", you mean the one that just closed a few years ago right? If so, Red Rock is a nature perserve/park near Vegas, an
35 FlyCaledonian : Speedbird for BA goes back before BOAC. The original Speedbird was the emblem of Imperial Airways. After the Second World War when BOAC was formed tha
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