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What Gender Is An Aircraft?  
User currently offlineSK A340 From Sweden, joined Mar 2000, 845 posts, RR: 2
Posted (12 years 10 months 1 week 5 days 1 hour ago) and read 4578 times:


A ship is (almost) always given a female name and is usually called "she..."
But what do you say about an aircraft?

Personally an aircraft is a female thing for me and it feels good to call the 744 the QUEEN of the skies instead of the KING of the skies.

Silly topic...? Yes, perhaps but I want to know...



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User currently offlineFlightSimFreak From United States of America, joined Oct 2000, 720 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (12 years 10 months 1 week 4 days 14 hours ago) and read 4518 times:

Aviation generally has adopted many nautical ideas, including the female names for planes... Ever heard a CVR recording saying "C'mon baby" or "Pull with me baby"

User currently offline747-600X From United States of America, joined Jan 2000, 2792 posts, RR: 14
Reply 2, posted (12 years 10 months 1 week 4 days 14 hours ago) and read 4502 times:

I'd have to agree... planes are far too graceful and aesthetic to be male.


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User currently offlineLax From United States of America, joined Dec 2000, 2290 posts, RR: 3
Reply 3, posted (12 years 10 months 1 week 4 days 14 hours ago) and read 4492 times:

Yes .... Definitely Female!!  Smile


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User currently offlineAviasian From Singapore, joined Jan 2001, 1486 posts, RR: 14
Reply 4, posted (12 years 10 months 1 week 4 days 12 hours ago) and read 4477 times:

Whilst it is true that most planes are generically referred to as "she" . . . there are some planes which leave no doubt about their gender.

MD-11s, DC-10s, B777s, IL-76s, TU-144s are certainly masculine.

A340s, A330s, L-1011s, Concordes, VC-10s and B747s are clearly feminine.

Just my personal opinion.

KC Sim
Bangkok



User currently offlineFly-K From Germany, joined May 2000, 3153 posts, RR: 51
Reply 5, posted (12 years 10 months 1 week 4 days 12 hours ago) and read 4466 times:
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I was just about to say the same thing when I read KC's opinion - I 100% agree with him.

Konstantin



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User currently offlineAndreas From Germany, joined Oct 2001, 6104 posts, RR: 31
Reply 6, posted (12 years 10 months 1 week 4 days 10 hours ago) and read 4450 times:

Aviasian and Fly-K: Please explain!
To me all aircraft are feminine, just like ships. On TV, I even heard a pilot say during take-off of a 744: "Heb Deinen Hintern, Dicke!" (that's in English: Get your ass off the ground, fat lady! Well Dicke does not exactly mean fat lady, but as concerns the gender, it is clearly feminine).



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User currently offlineSUDDEN From Sweden, joined Jul 2001, 4130 posts, RR: 6
Reply 7, posted (12 years 10 months 1 week 4 days 9 hours ago) and read 4441 times:

Hm....
I call every A/C ladys, but not the L1011
That is just a man. To "ugly" and the looks of it really gives respect.
Get me right here!
I really like the L1011



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User currently offlineSailorOrion From Germany, joined Feb 2001, 2058 posts, RR: 6
Reply 8, posted (12 years 10 months 1 week 4 days 9 hours ago) and read 4436 times:

I also call all the planes 'she'.

Things are a little more complicated in German. non-Airbus aircraft are ALWAYS she. Airbus is a little tricky, since it comes from the word 'bus' and 'bus' is masculine in German. So most non-aviators call Airbuses (Airbii?) male, most pilots and aviation-related persons use the female article. I often have fights with others about the gender.  Smile But I'll continue calling ALL planes 'she'

SailorOrion


User currently offlineCorsairf/a From France, joined Oct 2000, 373 posts, RR: 1
Reply 9, posted (12 years 10 months 1 week 4 days 9 hours ago) and read 4435 times:

It depends of the language.
In french an aircraft or airplane is un avion which is masculine but it is true that pilots talk to her as a female one.


User currently offlineZiffle From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 10, posted (12 years 10 months 1 week 4 days 9 hours ago) and read 4437 times:

Aeroplane/Airplane (choose your dialect :P) in German is das Flugzeug which is neutral...

If English were a genderless language we wouldn't have this arguement :P


User currently offlineFlyHigh@Tom From United Arab Emirates, joined Sep 2001, 398 posts, RR: 0
Reply 11, posted (12 years 10 months 1 week 4 days 9 hours ago) and read 4434 times:

Well i always felt the B777 to be masculine...strong and muscular looking.

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ON the other hand the A330/340 definately is feminine with its slim and slender looks.(so long and sexy  Big grin)

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Somehow i tend to associate the 747 with a man...an emperor (partly maybe because back here in India they are given names of emperors)

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Other than that i generally tend to categorise all airplanes as feminine....purely because of the grace.

Cheers
Thomas.


User currently offlineFear_of_fly From Hong Kong, joined Feb 2001, 13 posts, RR: 0
Reply 12, posted (12 years 10 months 1 week 4 days 4 hours ago) and read 4402 times:

So, you guys will call A380 a fat fat fat lady!!!!!!!!!!??????
ha....


User currently offlineFanofjets From United States of America, joined Apr 2000, 1985 posts, RR: 3
Reply 13, posted (12 years 10 months 1 week 4 days 3 hours ago) and read 4386 times:

Although I have used such terms as "the old girl," to me each aircraft has its own personality and, therefore, gender. The most important factor is an aircraft's name (see the Air India and Virgin examples, above); I wish more airlines followed that practice. In other cases, the combination of a paint scheme and aircraft type can help.




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User currently offlineRed Panda From Hong Kong, joined Jun 2000, 1521 posts, RR: 0
Reply 14, posted (12 years 10 months 1 week 4 days 2 hours ago) and read 4368 times:

A ramp worker yells, "here she comes!"

r panda


User currently offlineJesseycy From New Zealand, joined Aug 2001, 343 posts, RR: 0
Reply 15, posted (12 years 10 months 1 week 3 days 9 hours ago) and read 4344 times:

I would agree with Aviasian, except for the 747 part.... He seems more to be King of the skies, big, powerful, etc.....

Airbuses? Defintely a "she", especially A340. So long and graceful


User currently offlineRealHigh From United States of America, joined Jul 2000, 1022 posts, RR: 14
Reply 16, posted (12 years 10 months 1 week 3 days 8 hours ago) and read 4338 times:

This long hard fuselage with the two large ones at the base reminds me of a male reproductive organ. Big grin

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User currently offlineLehpron From United States of America, joined Jul 2001, 7028 posts, RR: 21
Reply 17, posted (12 years 10 months 1 week 3 days 8 hours ago) and read 4326 times:

Realhigh, does it now? Maybe you should get your head outta the clouds. Big grin

I feel the ultimate feminine should be Concorde; look at the curves on that cutie pie!



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User currently offlineGdabski From Poland, joined Oct 2001, 423 posts, RR: 0
Reply 18, posted (12 years 10 months 1 week 3 days 8 hours ago) and read 4324 times:

In polish both ships and airplanes are masculine and I always refer to them this way.

User currently offlineRealHigh From United States of America, joined Jul 2000, 1022 posts, RR: 14
Reply 19, posted (12 years 10 months 1 week 3 days 8 hours ago) and read 4322 times:

Lehpron, my head is out of the clouds.
Get your mind out of the gutter. Big grin


User currently offlineRP TPA From United States of America, joined Oct 1999, 852 posts, RR: 0
Reply 20, posted (12 years 10 months 1 week 3 days 7 hours ago) and read 4312 times:

This is slightly off the subject, but I just remembered a great Rodney Dangerfield line. He was talking about how they refer to cars as female, as in "she's a beauty". He said the reason for that is....How many times on a cold morning have you wanted "her" to turn over and she wont.

User currently offlineJoni From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 21, posted (12 years 10 months 1 week 3 days 6 hours ago) and read 4309 times:


I think the idea is that ships etc. are called "she", but this is, of course, due to the English language. In Finnish there are no gender-related issues like this so I tend to think of ships etc. as just technocal marvels as they are.

However, I agree with the writers who say some planes appear female and some male -

Female: A330/A340, Concorde, B-1
Male: B777, B747, A320, B737, Tornado

Especially the Tornado almost reminds you of how some tools are purposefully shaped to look a bit like male genitals. Weapons (like pistols, assault rifles etc) have been designed to look the way they do since the 1930's with the intent to convey thoughts of strength, durability and lethality.



User currently offlineVirginFlyer From New Zealand, joined Sep 2000, 4575 posts, RR: 40
Reply 22, posted (12 years 10 months 1 week 3 days ago) and read 4274 times:

As a general rule in the english language, transportation devices may be referred to as 'she'

She is a fine ship
She is a powerful locomotive
She is a sleek car
She is a beutiful aircraft
etc.

V/F



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User currently offlineHeavymetal From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 23, posted (12 years 10 months 1 week 3 days ago) and read 4271 times:

I believe in France and Russia, among other places, the standard historical reference towards ships (sailing or flying) is masculine.

I'm a historical buff on the topic of the French Line's incredible 1930s era ocean liner NORMANDIE, and never quite acclaimated myself to the fact that to the French, NORMANDIE was a "He".

NOT a silly topic at all, SK!  Smile/happy/getting dizzy


User currently offlineILS From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 24, posted (12 years 10 months 1 week 3 days ago) and read 4269 times:

The A380 reminds me of my geography teacher.

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