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TWA B727 "Pig" Nicknames  
User currently offlineLMML 14/32 From Malta, joined Jan 2001, 2566 posts, RR: 6
Posted (14 years 3 months 2 weeks 1 day 11 hours ago) and read 5601 times:

I read hear that TWA's B727's were all nicknamed something to do with "Pigs". For example the one hijacked for 17 days in 1985 was called "Swine Star of Beirut". Anybody has more? Or better still the full list?

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User currently offlineAsqx From United States of America, joined Jun 1999, 629 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (14 years 3 months 2 weeks 1 day 10 hours ago) and read 5584 times:

Of the 90 something 727s TWA operated, these are the ones I have names for...

Registration - Type - Name
N12301 -231 Porky's Flagship
N12302 -231 Porky's Petunia
N12303 -231 Hambone
N12304 -231 Porc du Jour
N12305 -231 Picnic Ham
N12306 -231 Heavenly Hambone
N12307 -231 Pigadilly
N12308 -231 Duroc Delight
N52309 -231 Sows About It
N52310 -231 Squealor Pealor
N52311 -231 Spring Chitlin
N52312 -231 Lard Sakes
N52313 -231 Kermit's Desire
N94314 -231 Hampshire Humper
N64315 -231 Hog Lander
N44316 -231 Trough Aloft
N74317 -231 Weiner Winger
N74318 -231 Pigmalion
N64319 -231 Aurora Boarialis
N64320 -231 Lard Above
N64321 -231 Heavenly Hog
N64322 -231 Ham Sweet Ham
N64323 -231 Petulant Porker
N64324 -231 Gilty Lady
N54325 -231 South Dakota Suey
N54326 -231 Me-a-Farrow
N54327 -231 Poland China Diner
N54329 -231 Makin' Bacon
N54330 -231 Short Lardage
N54331 -231 Smokin' Porkin'
N54332 -231 Porky's Palace
N54333 -231 Pig o' my Heart
N54334 -231 Truffle Hunter
N54335 -231 Strato Swine
N54336 -231 Fog Hog
N54337 -231 Oklahoma Oinker
N54338 -231(A) Pickled Pig's Feet
N64339 -231(A) Star Swine of Beirut
N54340 -231(A) Bacon Bomber
N54341 -231(A) Gloria Vandergilt
N54342 -231(A) City of Smithfield
N24343 -231(A) Boaring Soaring
N54344 -231(A) Old Lang Swine
N54345 -231(A) Pork Link Connected
N64346 -231(A) Sue Oui
N64347 -231(A) Road Hog
N54348 -231(A) My Hammy Vice
N54349 -231(A) Sty Stream
N54350 -231(A) Sow Belly
N54351 -231(A) Ozone Oinker
N54352 -231(A) Ham Commander
N54353 -231(A) Poland China Clipper
N54354 -231(A) Millenium Wallflower
N84355 -231(A) Porker Forker
N84356 -231(A) San Juan Sow
N84357 -231(A) Barbados Bristler
N831TW -31 Boeing Oink
N833TW -31 Ham Tram
N839TW -31 Piggy Sue
N840TW -31 Sky Pig
N841TW -31 Thunder Pig
N842TW -31 Porky's Pride
N844TW -31 Pork Chop
N845TW -31 Warped Hog
N846TW -31 Lil' Porky
N847TW -31 Schwine Der Blitzen
N848TW -31 Hog Jaw
N849TW -31 Lard Limo
N850TW -31 Jimmy Dean
N851TW -31 Short Snort
N852TW -31 Queen of the Sty
N853TW -31 Kitty Hog
N854TW -31 Cloud Boarer
N855TW -31 Slow Pork
N856TW -31 Porcine Princess
N857TW -31 Swine Flew
N859TW -31 Gloria DeJavaline
N889TW -31 Celestial Chitlin

User currently offlineVapourTrails From Australia, joined Aug 2001, 2457 posts, RR: 2
Reply 2, posted (14 years 3 months 2 weeks 1 day 10 hours ago) and read 5568 times:

They're great!! Laugh out loud Big thumbs up

User currently offlineLMML 14/32 From Malta, joined Jan 2001, 2566 posts, RR: 6
Reply 3, posted (14 years 3 months 2 weeks 1 day 10 hours ago) and read 5561 times:

Thanks a mil mate. I don't suppose you know how the birds got their nicks. And why only the '27's?

User currently offlineGARUDAROD From United States of America, joined Apr 2000, 1563 posts, RR: 1
Reply 4, posted (14 years 3 months 2 weeks 20 hours ago) and read 5506 times:

Wow Asqx,

Im IMPRESSED. Theres no pulling the pork over
your eye....No Swine about it...your a Pig among men..


Seriously, that is great information. You obviously
had to work for TWA to find that out. I doubt
there is a list published like that anywhere else..

When the "pigs" were retired, did the have a BBQ????
Take it easy...

Cargo doesn't whine, moan, or complain
User currently offlineAsqx From United States of America, joined Jun 1999, 629 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (14 years 3 months 2 weeks 14 hours ago) and read 5481 times:

Actually, never worked for TWA, neither did anyone in my imediate family. I am just a rather devote TWA fan (my first flight was on a TWA L1011 from Seattle to St. Louis) and have become something of a collector of TWA items and information. That list of "pigs" has come through various conversations with TWA employees and even some internet postings.

As far as I can tell, the 727s got the rather unflattering nicknames as a commentary on their handling characteristics. They had a rather peculiar tendency to wobble left and right on takeoff and landing, a fact that kept me intrigued watching them come into and out of Lambert on many occasions. I've also heard that they weren't the easiest and gentlest planes to fly, especially the later, heavier versions of the -200s.

User currently offlineRapo From United States of America, joined Sep 1999, 395 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (14 years 3 months 2 weeks 6 hours ago) and read 5464 times:

I have the same list in print from an old TWA 727 manual that was given to me by a former 727 pilot. He has since moved up to 767's. I don't know what he's flying now at AA but I know he was carried over.


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