Hailstone From Germany, joined Nov 2000, 411 posts, RR: 0 Posted (11 years 4 months 3 weeks 3 days 17 hours ago) and read 11225 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 United States of America, joined Mar 2004, 1138 posts, RR: 3
Reply 14, posted (11 years 4 months 3 weeks 3 days 12 hours ago) and read 10500 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/
I've always liked:
American Eagle = EagleFlight
"A pilot's plane she is. She will love you if you deserve it, and try to kill you if you don't...She is the Mighty Q400"
Canoecarrier From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 2876 posts, RR: 13
Reply 22, posted (11 years 4 months 3 weeks 3 days 10 hours ago) and read 10258 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 United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 350 posts, RR: 0
Reply 24, posted (11 years 4 months 3 weeks 3 days 4 hours ago) and read 10068 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