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User currently offlineYWG From Canada, joined Feb 2001, 1144 posts, RR: 2
Posted (12 years 3 months 3 weeks 1 day 4 hours ago) and read 2745 times:

Some planes have nicknames even used by the airlines employee's. Have you guys heard of any others?
"The Lizard"

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"The Parrot"

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User currently offlineSushka From United States of America, joined Nov 1999, 4784 posts, RR: 15
Reply 1, posted (12 years 3 months 3 weeks 1 day 4 hours ago) and read 2525 times:

MD-80s are called Mad Dogs


Pershoyu Spravoyu Litaki!
User currently offlineAAtripleseven From United States of America, joined Jun 2000, 324 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (12 years 3 months 3 weeks 1 day 4 hours ago) and read 2513 times:

On an AA 757 flight from DCA to DFW I sat in the captain's seat and he told me that the 757 was considered the "sports car" of the fleet. I thought that was awesome.

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User currently offlineSkyguy11 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 3, posted (12 years 3 months 3 weeks 1 day 4 hours ago) and read 2494 times:

Shamu at John Wayne:

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User currently offlineDouglasDC8 From Australia, joined Dec 2007, 0 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (12 years 3 months 3 weeks 1 day 4 hours ago) and read 2486 times:

My airline aquired 2 747-100's from another major US carrier that turned out to be "hangar queens." They were referred to my our mechanics as "The Lemon Sisters."

User currently offlineJan Mogren From Sweden, joined Dec 2000, 2043 posts, RR: 51
Reply 5, posted (12 years 3 months 3 weeks 1 day 3 hours ago) and read 2471 times:

Behold.. The tampon

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User currently offlinePecoua From United States of America, joined Jan 2001, 299 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (12 years 3 months 3 weeks 1 day 3 hours ago) and read 2465 times:

737S are called "guppies" by us airline crews and I remember we called our 747SPs "Miss Piggy"

I've also heard 737s called "Fat Alberts" too.


User currently offlineCroFlight From Croatia, joined Jul 2001, 275 posts, RR: 1
Reply 7, posted (12 years 3 months 3 weeks 1 day 3 hours ago) and read 2453 times:

Here in ZAG we allways called Tu-154

"727 diesel"...


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User currently offlineBBADXB From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 8, posted (12 years 3 months 3 weeks 1 day 3 hours ago) and read 2454 times:

I was having a great chat with the pursor of a DE 757-300 flight from Dalaman to Frankfurt and I told him that a/c enthusiast call the B753 'The flying pencil' - his reply: "For us cabin attendants it is just too long and too narrow. It should have been wide-bodied and shorter like the A310. For me it is 'The Flying Who*e'"

Best of regards to all, but especially to CONDOR crew... anyone of you great people out there??,

BBADXB  Wink/being sarcastic sun-flyer

..& by the way, Condor is "ihr sonnenflieger", that is 'Your Sun Flyer'... & IT IS MY FAVOURITE SUN FLYER!  Wink/being sarcastic


User currently offlineYwg_jy From Canada, joined Nov 2001, 91 posts, RR: 0
Reply 9, posted (12 years 3 months 3 weeks 1 day 3 hours ago) and read 2445 times:

I've heard the MU2 called the "rice rocket"

User currently offlineATA L1011 From United States of America, joined Feb 2001, 1374 posts, RR: 6
Reply 10, posted (12 years 3 months 3 weeks 1 day 3 hours ago) and read 2430 times:

When I was with Delta the L10 was known as the TRITANIC, TENALEMON, and the QUEEN.


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User currently offlineAps From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 11, posted (12 years 3 months 3 weeks 1 day 3 hours ago) and read 2426 times:

I heard the 737 was called a "PIG"
and the 747 was a "LUMP"  Laugh out loud


User currently offlineATA L1011 From United States of America, joined Feb 2001, 1374 posts, RR: 6
Reply 12, posted (12 years 3 months 3 weeks 1 day 3 hours ago) and read 2423 times:

I also heard United use to call their DC-10's, Diesel 10's


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User currently offlineRacko From Germany, joined Nov 2001, 4856 posts, RR: 20
Reply 13, posted (12 years 3 months 3 weeks 1 day 3 hours ago) and read 2423 times:

the 737s are called bobbies

User currently offlineDavid_itl From United Kingdom, joined Jun 2001, 7329 posts, RR: 14
Reply 14, posted (12 years 3 months 3 weeks 1 day 3 hours ago) and read 2411 times:
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707 = bong
VC10 = whale
Sh330/360 = shed
ATP = skoda or bat
Tu134 = spider
A320 = minibus (presumably A319 is the microbus and the A318 will be the amoebabus)
Caravelle = carrott (or was it carat?)

In 1987/8, we did have a "Flying Pig" at MAN - it was a 747 operated by Lionair (either LX-FCV or LX-GCV) and wascontinually going tech.

David/MAN


User currently offlineEDR 374 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 15, posted (12 years 3 months 3 weeks 1 day 3 hours ago) and read 2408 times:

Swissair called its Convair 990 the Coronado:








User currently offlineYWG From Canada, joined Feb 2001, 1144 posts, RR: 2
Reply 16, posted (12 years 3 months 3 weeks 1 day 2 hours ago) and read 2396 times:

"Gimili Glider"

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"Azores Glider"

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User currently offlineROSWELL41 From United States of America, joined Aug 2001, 765 posts, RR: 1
Reply 17, posted (12 years 3 months 3 weeks 1 day 2 hours ago) and read 2388 times:

At Eastern Airlines, the Airbus A300-600 was referred to as the 'Pastry Pig'.

Also, a Delta 763 captain referred to the L1011 as 'the bomber'.


Mike


User currently offlineMD88Captain From United States of America, joined Nov 2001, 1329 posts, RR: 21
Reply 18, posted (12 years 3 months 3 weeks 1 day 2 hours ago) and read 2380 times:

DAL had two 737-200's that were configured differently from the rest of the Express fleet. The airframes were a bit bent and they both seemed to have a mind of their own compared to the rest of the -200s. To the DAL pilots they were known as the "Twisted Sisters".

User currently offlineUnited_Fan From United States of America, joined Nov 2000, 7383 posts, RR: 8
Reply 19, posted (12 years 3 months 3 weeks 1 day 2 hours ago) and read 2372 times:

DC-9 'Diesel 9'

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User currently offlineBraniff727 From United States of America, joined Sep 2000, 686 posts, RR: 1
Reply 20, posted (12 years 3 months 3 weeks 1 day 1 hour ago) and read 2363 times:

DC-10 (especially the older ones) Death Cruiser


Climbing
User currently offlineNonrevman From United States of America, joined Nov 2001, 1289 posts, RR: 1
Reply 21, posted (12 years 3 months 3 weeks 1 day 1 hour ago) and read 2356 times:

When Braniff had that orange 747, it was called the "Great Pumpkin"


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User currently offlineVirginA340 From United States of America, joined Jul 2005, 15 posts, RR: 0
Reply 22, posted (12 years 3 months 3 weeks 1 day 1 hour ago) and read 2352 times:

an elderly woamn told a friend of my dads who was on a business trip heading to Gatwick from Dallas said that the Braniff Big Orange looked like a giant orange penis  Smile/happy/getting dizzy no joke that is what she said

The MD-11 is refered to as the scud or Mega Death 11

I once heard an AA pilot at MIA call an MD-80 a Stupid 80. (When I later spoke to him he told me that he loved the 727 better) He wasn't too hooked on a 737 but he really loved the 757.



"FUIMUS"
User currently offlinePositive rate From Australia, joined Sep 2001, 2143 posts, RR: 1
Reply 23, posted (12 years 3 months 3 weeks 1 day 1 hour ago) and read 2347 times:

727= 3 holer
737= fat albert
L1011= whisperliner
Dash 8= crash 8
citation= slowtation
Airbus A320= scarebus
MD80= flying pencil
MU2= Rice rocket
A300= Luxury liner
BA 146= Quadrapuff
Metro 23= flying cigar


User currently offlineEI133 From Ireland, joined Jan 2000, 307 posts, RR: 0
Reply 24, posted (12 years 3 months 3 weeks 1 day 1 hour ago) and read 2335 times:

Some people I know who are scared of flying used to call the Shorts 360 The Vomit Comet. I have heard the 747 called the queen of the skies but other people have adopted this term for the aircraft of their choice.EI133

25 Dazed767 : I call the L1011 'the tank'.
26 FlyCMH : I've heard the Do328JET called "the dork jet", and the ERJ-145 referred to as "the jungle jet".
27 MD88Captain : Citation = Nearjet
28 Twotterwrench : Piper Navajo = Piper NeverGo Dash 8 = Crash 8 or Gash 8 Metroliner = SanAntonio Sewer Tube SanAntonio Lawn Dart Cessna 207 = The Lead Sled
29 Post contains links and images YWG : "Craptana" Click for large versionPhoto © Wil van Blokland
30 CcrlR : What baout Rizzibird? I heard it before but I don't know what plane. It was something after rizzi but I don't know.
31 YWG : Wasn't that a Condor 757?
32 Post contains links and images Fanofjets : On the military side, we have: Click for large versionPhoto © Ralph M. Pettersen P-47 Thunderbolt Jug Click for large versionPhoto © STEVE B
33 Post contains links and images Fanofjets : I know this one has appeared on Airliners.net, but for our new members: Click for large versionPhoto © Paulo carvalho Boeing 757 Lady (long and s
34 GARUDAROD : At GARUDA we had a couple of planes that were bestowed nicknames. DC-10-30 EI-BZD was leased from GPA. The plane was previously operated by WARDAIR CA
35 Deltadude8 : L1011= Tritanic MD88=Mad Dog If you want funny airline humor go to http://www.thirtythousandfeet.com/humor.htm
36 Post contains links and images Fanofjets : It's me, again. While surfing, I found a few nicknames for *individual* aircraft: Air Pacific Boeing 767-300ER Nicknamed "milkbottle" after the airlin
37 Post contains links and images Ramper@IAH : The old 747s have been known as "rope starts." Click for large versionPhoto © Alastair T. Gardiner ATRs are called "the pig." Click for large ver
38 Rydawg82 : BAE JetStream J31/32 = JetScream 31/32
39 Jetguy : I've heard Metroliners called "Death Tubes" and Southwest 737s called "Corndogs"
40 Post contains images Herbman : LH's A319 LU Regards Sebastian
41 QFTJT : Metroliners= Vomit comet or the flying pencil QFTJT
42 Post contains links and images Mick : They call the Shorts series The flying Shed or my favourite: Click for large versionPhoto © Cameron Laird The Irish Concorde
43 Post contains images EA CO AS : America West had an older B-757-200 painted in the colors of the Arizona state flag. It was involved in multiple incidents where members of the ground
44 ThirtyEcho : First Cessna Citation="Near Jet."
45 Post contains images Climbout : I like Tritanic for the L1011 and Mad dog for the MD80 Those names are so cool. I also like Fat Albert for 737 and Stumpy for the 747sp. These names r
46 Boeing nut : I've got a few: 747 - "whale", "aluminum overcast" Citation - "slowtation" V tailed Bonanza - "doctor killer"
47 ThirtyEcho : V tailed Bonanza - "doctor killer" Well, Boeing nut, the full designation is "forked-tail doctor killer."
48 Yorkie : You won't believe this one. Within BA Concorde is affectionately known as The Rocket.
49 SSTjumbo : I call the 777 "jackpot"
50 Climbout : I'm still amazed at that SAS Md82 above being called "Tampon".
51 Positive rate : In regards to the V-tailed Bonanza is it a hrd airplane to fly?? Does the v-tail actually make any difference to handling??
52 Ei-aso : My one for the 777,,,, the STUD,,,, big fuse,, big b***S sorry engines......
53 Post contains links and images CYLW : Click for large versionPhoto © Kevin Wachter Jurassic Jet
54 Areopagus : In regards to the V-tailed Bonanza is it a hrd airplane to fly?? Does the v-tail actually make any difference to handling?? The V-tail has been known
55 SBE727 : I remember that Sabre Airways had a 727-200 called "lady Pratricia" and the other was called "tinks", anagrammed from the word SKINT.Need i say more.
56 Ironchain15 : What about the airlines' names for their planes? For example, the last MD-83 that was delivered to TWA was called The Spirit of Long Beach. PSA also h
57 EI133 : All Aer Lingus planes are named after irish saints. EI133
58 Post contains links and images Airsicknessbag : The rizzibird: Click for large versionPhoto © Alastair T. Gardiner The Flying Banana: Click for large versionPhoto © Torsten Maiwald A Conco
59 Post contains links and images RA-85154 : My favourite: The "TUSHKA" , TUPOLEV-154 Click for large versionPhoto © Jorgos Tsambikakis
60 David_itl : Wouldn't the flying banana have been more applicable to a Virgin Sun aircraft? David/MAN: 1st PAN-PAN emergency of year that has just landed here!
61 Post contains links and images GDB : Yorkie is right, 'The Rocket' is the most common nickname for Concorde, along with 'The Rocketship', The Pocket Rocket' and 'The Paraffin Pencil'. Cli
62 Post contains links and images Fallingeese : I've always known the Metro as... Click for large versionPhoto © Ralf Langer The lawndart
63 DouglasDC8 : In my airline's operation, we used to refer to 727's as "Trimotors."
64 Jhooper : 727 - "Jurassic Jet"
65 Skihigh2002 : I've heard the 777 called the whore..... oh wait... that's my mother... never mind.. scratch that.... chris
66 FlightSimFreak : The V-tailed bonanza's are called the forked-tailed doctor killers because they are high performance, harder to controll then your trainer, high stall
67 Zobatc : Piper Navajo- "Navaslow" or "The Hoe" B727 or F-102- "The Duece" Piper Tomahawk- "Traumahawk" And finally in our tower... Mooney- "Trouble", "Pain in
68 Post contains images SafetyDude : 777 "jet jet jet" I call the 747SP "the smushed plane" after all, it does look smushed! Southwest planes have names like "Lonestar" "Shamu" etc. Ameir
69 UALPHLCS : UA still calls 737s "guppies" but the 737-200 where called "thunder guppies" 727's where "three-holers" and so far as I know only in PHL we called J-3
70 Post contains links and images RJ : We have affectionately nicknamed some of our aircraft at Comair. Meet "Bubbles" Click for large versionPhoto © Fred Seggie Here is "Wonder Woman
71 Fanofjets : The US Navy had a Convair CV-880 it used in cabin decompression tests, which it nicknamed "Old Skokey." Sorry, no picture is available.
72 Post contains links and images Fritzi : Because SAS always used to have so much trouble with their SAAB 2000´s, they were called "The Penguin". Its a bird but it can´t fly! Click for large
73 Post contains links and images Heavierthanair : G'day Click for large versionPhoto © Fritz Gratenau Lufthansa nicknamed those "vacuum cleaner", the early -100's used to clean runways really wel
74 Post contains links Flying-Tiger : Saab 2000: Concordio Avro RJs: Jumbollinos ERJ-145: Sambalino or Jungle Jet 728JET http://fly.to/rorders
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