Andreas From Germany, joined Oct 2001, 6104 posts, RR: 33 Reply 6, posted (12 years 3 weeks 2 days 7 hours ago) and read 3471 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).
SailorOrion From Germany, joined Feb 2001, 2058 posts, RR: 6 Reply 8, posted (12 years 3 weeks 2 days 6 hours ago) and read 3457 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. But I'll continue calling ALL planes 'she'
Fanofjets From United States of America, joined Apr 2000, 1909 posts, RR: 3 Reply 13, posted (12 years 3 weeks 2 days ago) and read 3407 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.
The aeroplane has unveiled for us the true face of the earth. -Antoine de Saint-Exupery
RP TPA From United States of America, joined Oct 1999, 848 posts, RR: 0 Reply 20, posted (12 years 3 weeks 1 day 4 hours ago) and read 3333 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.
Joni From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 21, posted (12 years 3 weeks 1 day 3 hours ago) and read 3330 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 -
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.