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Who Are The Girls Of Virgin Atlantic?  
User currently offlineBozo From Germany, joined Nov 2005, 170 posts, RR: 0
Posted (6 years 9 months 2 weeks 2 days 21 hours ago) and read 10904 times:

Just wondered who all those girls are?
For example Lady Penelope, Tubular Belle, Mustang Sally etc


Virtus Et Honor - S.P.Q.R.
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User currently offlineSAAB900 From United Kingdom, joined Sep 2007, 490 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (6 years 9 months 2 weeks 2 days 19 hours ago) and read 10760 times:

Bozo
Lady Penelope is from the 1960's tv series Thunderbirds by Gerry Anderson. You must have heard of Thunderbirds? It was re-made into a film a few years ago! Tubular Belle is I think a play on words, Tubular Bells was a very famous album by Mick Oldfield who I'm not sure might have been signed to Mr Bransons Virgin record label? Mustang Sally is from the film The Commitments!
Hope this helps?

Dave(SAAB900)


User currently offlineOrion737 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 2, posted (6 years 9 months 2 weeks 2 days 19 hours ago) and read 10757 times:

Wonder if Madame Whiplash might be an appropriate name for a future Virgin Bird.

User currently offlineViveAF From United Kingdom, joined Jul 2001, 198 posts, RR: 8
Reply 3, posted (6 years 9 months 2 weeks 2 days 19 hours ago) and read 10729 times:



Quoting SAAB900 (Reply 1):
Tubular Belle is I think a play on words, Tubular Bells was a very famous album by Mick Oldfield who I'm not sure might have been signed to Mr Bransons Virgin record label?

and also, perhaps, at the same time, a nod to a hero of Sir Richard Branson's, namely Sir Freddie Laker RIP, whose DC10s operated on the SkyTrain flights with similar names - I remember seeing 'Canterbury Belle' for one..
maybe someone can recall others?


User currently offlineOrion737 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 4, posted (6 years 9 months 2 weeks 2 days 19 hours ago) and read 10648 times:

How about Samantha Fox for their 'double top' A380s!!!

User currently offlineExFATboy From United States of America, joined Jul 2003, 2974 posts, RR: 9
Reply 5, posted (6 years 9 months 2 weeks 2 days 19 hours ago) and read 10572 times:



Quoting Orion737 (Reply 4):
How about Samantha Fox for their 'double top' A380s!!!

Or Jordan...that'd be appropriate.  Silly


User currently offlineAndz From South Africa, joined Feb 2004, 8455 posts, RR: 10
Reply 6, posted (6 years 9 months 2 weeks 2 days 18 hours ago) and read 10512 times:
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Quoting SAAB900 (Reply 1):
Mustang Sally is from the film The Commitments!

Mustang Sally might have been introduced to a new generation by The Commitments but the original song is much older. It was recorded by Mack Rice in 1965 but gained greater polularity when covered by Wilson Pickett in the following year. You might remember that Mr. Pickett was mentioned several times in the film and was supposedly in the limo at the end.



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User currently offlineMTYFREAK From Mexico, joined Apr 2004, 377 posts, RR: 2
Reply 7, posted (6 years 9 months 2 weeks 2 days 18 hours ago) and read 10512 times:

Mustang Sally by Wilson Pickett, "Ridee Sallyy Ridee"" what a great song!

I still play that tune with my band,


Regards.



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User currently offlineOrion737 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 8, posted (6 years 9 months 2 weeks 2 days 18 hours ago) and read 10390 times:

Jordan would be very apt for a Virgin A380, she is hardly Vigin but been around the world a fair few times, probably with only a vanity case for luggage!

User currently offlineBrutie From New Zealand, joined Sep 2003, 112 posts, RR: 0
Reply 9, posted (6 years 9 months 2 weeks 2 days 18 hours ago) and read 10323 times:



Quoting SAAB900 (Reply 1):
Tubular Bells was a very famous album by Mick Oldfield who I'm not sure might have been signed to Mr Bransons Virgin record label?

Mike Oldfield's Tubular Bells was the very first album released by Virgin Records


User currently offlineMCO2BRS From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2007, 540 posts, RR: 0
Reply 10, posted (6 years 9 months 2 weeks 2 days 14 hours ago) and read 9979 times:

Hey Guys,

Below is a link listing all names of the current fleet. An interesting note is that G-VFAB known as Lady Penelope (from Thunderbirds TV show) was renamed Spice One by The Spice Girls in "honour" of their reunion this month.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Virgin_Atlantic_Airways_Fleet

Tinker Belle - named after the Peter Pan character (Ironically, Reg: G-VBIG)
Diana - I presume is named after the late HRH Princess Diana (Reg: G-VFAR)
Sleeping Beauty - Obviously from the Disney story Sleeping Beauty (Reg: G-VNAP)
Pretty Woman - Most likely after the movie (Reg: G-VROY)
Claudia Nine - Named after Claudia Schiffer (Reg: G-VSHY)
Dancing Queen - probably after the ABBA hit in the 60's (Reg: G-VFIT)

As for the others, most are a play on words, or just creative naming to coincide with a route launch. For example: G-VGOA named "Indian Princess" I would presume was named in honour to their India routes.

Regards,

MCO~2~BRS


User currently offlineBreiz From France, joined Mar 2005, 1917 posts, RR: 2
Reply 11, posted (6 years 9 months 2 weeks 2 days 13 hours ago) and read 9881 times:



Quoting MCO2BRS (Reply 10):
Claudia Nine - Named after Claudia Schiffer (Reg: G-VSHY)

G-VSHY was named "Claudia Nine" as a PR stunt on delivery. She was renamed "Madame Butterfly" afterwards (more in line with SHY)
Several "ladies" are created to match the registration: "Cover Girl" for VOGE, "Rainbow Lady" for SUN, "Dragon Lady" for FLY, "Scarlet Lady" for RED, "Sleeping Beauty" for NAP, "Indian Princess" for GOA, "Silver Lady" for FOX, ...
The one which beats me is "Emmeline Heaney" for G-VYOU.


User currently offlineVV701 From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2005, 7569 posts, RR: 17
Reply 12, posted (6 years 9 months 2 weeks 2 days 11 hours ago) and read 9698 times:



Quoting MCO2BRS (Reply 10):
Pretty Woman - Most likely after the movie (Reg: G-VROY)

No. After Roy Orbison's hit record of that name - hence the registration G-VROY.


User currently offlineN1120A From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 26534 posts, RR: 75
Reply 13, posted (6 years 9 months 2 weeks 2 days 10 hours ago) and read 9633 times:



Quoting MCO2BRS (Reply 10):
Pretty Woman - Most likely after the movie (Reg: G-VROY)

Like mentioned, definately after the Orbison song.

Quoting MCO2BRS (Reply 10):

Dancing Queen - probably after the ABBA hit in the 60's (Reg: G-VFIT)

'70s.



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User currently offlineBozo From Germany, joined Nov 2005, 170 posts, RR: 0
Reply 14, posted (6 years 9 months 2 weeks 2 days 10 hours ago) and read 9626 times:

ah! thanks for all the information, a last question:
who is the woman painted on the Virgin planes?



Virtus Et Honor - S.P.Q.R.
User currently offlineMCO2BRS From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2007, 540 posts, RR: 0
Reply 15, posted (6 years 9 months 2 weeks 2 days 10 hours ago) and read 9597 times:



Quoting VV701 (Reply 12):
No. After Roy Orbison's hit record of that name - hence the registration G-VROY.



Quoting N1120A (Reply 13):
'70s.

Haha sorry guys... a bit before my time  Wink unfortunately a child of the 90's  Sad

Thanks for the corrections!

MCO~2~BRS


User currently offlineAsiaflyer From Singapore, joined May 2007, 1138 posts, RR: 0
Reply 16, posted (6 years 9 months 2 weeks 2 days 10 hours ago) and read 9569 times:



Quoting Brutie (Reply 9):
Mike Oldfield's Tubular Bells was the very first album released by Virgin Records

Mike Oldfield has absolutely earned to have his name on Virgins aircrafts.
Tubular Bells was a huge success and kept Virgin Records alive for a long time until they found other successful singers/bands. Without Mike Oldfield, Virgin wouldn't been what they are today.

Quoting MCO2BRS (Reply 10):
Dancing Queen - probably after the ABBA hit in the 60's (Reg: G-VFIT)

SRB must like them alot, as they were not Virgin artists. They had their own record label, POLAR Music.



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User currently offlineJetstreamer From United Kingdom, joined Apr 2001, 329 posts, RR: 4
Reply 17, posted (6 years 9 months 2 weeks 2 days 10 hours ago) and read 9556 times:



Quoting Breiz (Reply 11):
The one which beats me is "Emmeline Heaney" for G-VYOU.

The name for this aircraft was auctioned for charity. Mr Heaney was the highest bidder and named the aircraft "Emmeline Heaney" after his daughter.


User currently offlineVV701 From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2005, 7569 posts, RR: 17
Reply 18, posted (6 years 9 months 2 weeks 2 days 10 hours ago) and read 9530 times:



Quoting MCO2BRS (Reply 15):
Haha sorry guys... a bit before my time unfortunately a child of the 90's

Wish I could say the same!


User currently offlineJetstreamer From United Kingdom, joined Apr 2001, 329 posts, RR: 4
Reply 19, posted (6 years 9 months 2 weeks 2 days 9 hours ago) and read 9460 times:



Quoting Bozo (Reply 14):
ah! thanks for all the information, a last question:
who is the woman painted on the Virgin planes?

The lady on the nose of the aircraft was inspired by the artwork of Alberto Vargas hence the A340-600 G-VGAS "Varga Girl"


User currently offlineUAL747 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 20, posted (6 years 9 months 2 weeks 2 days 9 hours ago) and read 9453 times:

Isn't there a "Tinkerbelle" in the fleet? If so, then we all know where she came from, the lil' slut...

UAL


User currently offlineAndz From South Africa, joined Feb 2004, 8455 posts, RR: 10
Reply 21, posted (6 years 9 months 2 weeks 2 days 6 hours ago) and read 9283 times:
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Quoting UAL747 (Reply 20):
Isn't there a "Tinkerbelle" in the fleet?



Quoting MCO2BRS (Reply 10):
Tinker Belle - named after the Peter Pan character (Ironically, Reg: G-VBIG)




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User currently offlineThomsonfly From United Kingdom, joined Jul 2005, 229 posts, RR: 4
Reply 22, posted (6 years 9 months 2 weeks 1 day 23 hours ago) and read 8649 times:

Haven't they got two a/c with the same name?

g-vast 'ladybird'
g-vbug 'lady bird'

Mark


User currently offlineUALMMFlyer From United States of America, joined Dec 2005, 135 posts, RR: 0
Reply 23, posted (6 years 9 months 2 weeks 1 day 22 hours ago) and read 8515 times:



Quoting Orion737 (Reply 2):
Lady Penelope is from the 1960's tv series Thunderbirds by Gerry Anderson.

I love that TV show as a kid and still following them, and I just recently bought the entire DVD set to watch them with my kids.

Many probably did not know that some of the special effects people from the Thunderbirds show also worked on the oringinal Star Wars movie in 1976-1977.



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User currently offlineNEMA From United Kingdom, joined Feb 2006, 717 posts, RR: 0
Reply 24, posted (6 years 9 months 2 weeks 1 day 22 hours ago) and read 8010 times:



Quoting SAAB900 (Reply 1):
Tubular Bells was a very famous album by Mick Oldfield who I'm not sure might have been signed to Mr Bransons Virgin record label



Quoting Brutie (Reply 9):
Mike Oldfield's Tubular Bells was the very first album released by Virgin Records

Yep, Tubular Bells sold in phenomenal numbers and will always be remembered by Richard B as being the beginning of his wealth ladder.



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25 Post contains images VV701 : On the theme there are: G-VAIR "Maiden Tokyo" G-VELD "Africa Queen" Amongst the others I like: G-VBLU "Soul Sister" G-VLIP "Hot Lips" G-VWKD "Miss Beh
26 Post contains links Breiz : Quite right Jetstreamer (and thanks for the Emmeline explanation). Here is the original Vargas artwork used by Virgin. Dates back to WW2: http://www.
27 Jetstreamer : G-VTAN was a Virgin Sun aircraft. A340-600 G-VATL is still in the fleet. She was originally to be called "Atlantic Angel" but the name was changed to
28 SSTsomeday : "Pussy Galore," from the James Bond FIlm (I think "Goldfinger') was a woman pilot instructor working for the bad guy. A very apropo name for one of Mr
29 Andz : I didn't know this one, that is classic.
30 Orion737 : Another suggestion, 'Emmanuel' and should they do a Dallas 'Debbie does Dallas' would be apt.
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