Kaitak From Ireland, joined Aug 1999, 12436 posts, RR: 37 Posted (4 years 9 months 2 weeks 1 day 21 hours ago) and read 2198 times:
As you know, NATO used to assign codenames for various aircraft types - beginning with H for helicopters (Hip, Hind etc), F for fighters (Fulcrum, Flanker, Flogger) and C (Careless, Crusty etc.) for civil types.
Fighter acft are still regularly referred to by their codenames, but have recent civil types been given codenames? I can't remember names being assigned to the Tu-204/214, IL96, IL114, An-124/225 or An-124.
I'm guessing the end of the cold war probably put an end to this practice, but is it the case that it is still being done, but not publicised?