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User currently offlineConfuscius From United States of America, joined Aug 2001, 3863 posts, RR: 1
Posted (2 years 1 month 1 week 3 days ago) and read 6693 times:

Here's a few I can recall without googling.

A-7 SLUF: short, little, ugly
B-52 BUFF - Big, ugly, fat
CH-53 Shitter - large amount of exhaust

[Edited 2012-08-09 19:58:05]


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User currently offlinesprout5199 From United States of America, joined Feb 2005, 1853 posts, RR: 2
Reply 1, posted (2 years 1 month 3 days 10 hours ago) and read 6305 times:

CH-47 Chinook --$hithook
S-3 Viking-- Hoover

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User currently offlineGDB From United Kingdom, joined May 2001, 13206 posts, RR: 77
Reply 2, posted (2 years 1 month 3 days 8 hours ago) and read 6241 times:

Tornado - Electric Flick Knife / Tonka Toy
(When it was, in development, the Multi Role Combat Aircraft, some cynics anticipating another cancellation reckoned 'MRCA' really stood for Must Refurbish Canberra Again).

DH Mosquito - Wooden Wonder.

Chinook - Wokar Wokar. (The sound it makes).


User currently offlinerfields5421 From United States of America, joined Jul 2007, 7607 posts, RR: 31
Reply 3, posted (2 years 1 month 3 days 8 hours ago) and read 6232 times:

A-3 Skywarrior - Whale

it is also known as

A-3D Skywarrior - All 3 Dead


User currently offlinen53614 From United States of America, joined May 2007, 248 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (2 years 1 month 3 days 7 hours ago) and read 6217 times:

F-4 Phantom: "Double Ugly"
F-15E Strike Eagle: "Mud Hen"
F/A-18 Hornet: "Bug"
KC-10 Extender: "Gucci"
B-1B Lancer: "Bone"
F-117A Nighthawk: "Wobblin' Goblin'"
C-5 Galaxy: "FRED" (F*cking Ridiculous Economic Disaster)
A-4 Skyhawk: "Scooter"
F-8 Crusader: "Gator"
C-130 Hercules: "Four Fan Trash Can", "Herk"
C-130J Hercules: "Jerk"
KC-135 Stratotanker: "Stratobladder"
S-2 Tracker:"Stoof" (from original S2F designation)
F-14 Tomcat: "Turkey", "Aluminum Cloud"
SR-71 Blackbird: "Habu", "Sled"



B722 B732 B733 B734 B735 B73G B738 B739 B742 B752 B772 A320 A319 CRJ2 DHC8 E135 E140 E145
User currently offlineConfuscius From United States of America, joined Aug 2001, 3863 posts, RR: 1
Reply 5, posted (2 years 1 month 3 days 7 hours ago) and read 6210 times:

Quoting sprout5199 (Reply 1):
S-3 Viking-- Hoover

Sounds like a vacuum cleaner.


H-21 Flying Banana (pretty much self-explanatory)




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User currently offlineebj1248650 From United States of America, joined Jun 2005, 1932 posts, RR: 1
Reply 6, posted (2 years 1 month 2 days 11 hours ago) and read 6020 times:

B-36 was "aluminum overcast" though I believe other big airplanes have been called the same thing.


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User currently offlinegarnetpalmetto From United States of America, joined Oct 2003, 5395 posts, RR: 52
Reply 7, posted (2 years 1 month 2 days 7 hours ago) and read 5957 times:

Quoting n53614 (Reply 4):

S-2 Tracker:"Stoof" (from original S2F designation)

And let's not forget the E-1 Tracer, which was derived from the Tracker was a "Stoof With a Roof."

F/A-18E/F - "Rhino"
F4U - "Ensign Eliminator"
C-5 - "Linda Lovelace"
F-16 - "Viper" "Electric Jet" "Lawn Dart"
P-47 - "Jug"

And how could we forget the most famous sobriquet of them all?

A-10 - "Warthog"



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User currently offlineflyingturtle From Switzerland, joined Oct 2011, 2405 posts, RR: 13
Reply 8, posted (2 years 1 month 2 days 7 hours ago) and read 5948 times:

Ah no, all these F-104 names, some of them from Germany... Widowmaker, Lawn Dart, Coffin Nail, Tent Peg...


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User currently offlinen53614 From United States of America, joined May 2007, 248 posts, RR: 0
Reply 9, posted (2 years 1 month 2 days 6 hours ago) and read 5938 times:

Quoting garnetpalmetto (Reply 7):
And let's not forget the E-1 Tracer, which was derived from the Tracker was a "Stoof With a Roof."

I've never heard that one before! I have however heard Tracers called "Willie Fudd", from the original WF-1 designator. Stoof with a Roof is fantastic though.



B722 B732 B733 B734 B735 B73G B738 B739 B742 B752 B772 A320 A319 CRJ2 DHC8 E135 E140 E145
User currently offlineConfuscius From United States of America, joined Aug 2001, 3863 posts, RR: 1
Reply 10, posted (2 years 1 month 2 days 3 hours ago) and read 5900 times:

Quoting garnetpalmetto (Reply 7):
And how could we forget the most famous sobriquet of them all?

A-10 - "Warthog"

...or UH-1 "Huey"


More...

A-1 "Spad" and "Sandy"
AC-47 "Puff the Magic Dragon"

[Edited 2012-08-17 17:11:05]


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User currently offlineSpacepope From Vatican City, joined Dec 1999, 2930 posts, RR: 1
Reply 11, posted (2 years 1 month 2 days 3 hours ago) and read 5890 times:

Quoting garnetpalmetto (Reply 7):
F/A-18E/F - "Rhino"

That one always bothers me. The F-4 will always be the only Rhino.

Quoting Confuscius (Reply 5):
Quoting sprout5199 (Reply 1):
S-3 Viking-- Hoover

Sounds like a vacuum cleaner.

That's exactly how it got that name.



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User currently offlinerc135x From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 12, posted (2 years 1 month 1 day 11 hours ago) and read 5762 times:

RC-135V/W --- "Hog"
KC-135A and other J57-equipped versions -- "Steam Jet"
RC-135U -- "U for Ugly", "U-Boat"

These derive from their mission name:

RC-135S -- "the Ball"
RC-135X -- "the Eye"
RC-135V/W -- "the Wind"

T-37 -- "Tweet" , "Subsonic Dog Whistle"
OA-37B -- "Dragonfly"
T-38 -- "White Rocket"

SR-71 -- "Black Mariah" (this name was common among local civilians around Beale in the late '60s and early '70s)

F-15E -- "Beagle" (from Bomber EAGLE)

Indeed the S-3 Viking sounds like a Hoover vacuum cleaner, hence its name. When the MAD is extended in flight the nickname becomes "Horny Hoover"

Not to wander too far off topic, but US carriers also had sobriquets, often based on their perceived "friendliness" to naval aviators. Two I recall are

USS Ranger -- "Danger Ranger"
USS Kitty Hawk -- "Shitty Kitty"


User currently offlinetrident3 From United Kingdom, joined Jun 2001, 1013 posts, RR: 2
Reply 13, posted (2 years 1 month 1 day 11 hours ago) and read 5756 times:

The Armstrong Whitworth Argosy was known in RAF services as the Whistling Tit. Check out the photos to see why
http://www.argosyair.co.uk/1st20.html



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User currently offlinerfields5421 From United States of America, joined Jul 2007, 7607 posts, RR: 31
Reply 14, posted (2 years 1 month 1 day 11 hours ago) and read 5751 times:

Quoting rc135x (Reply 12):
US carriers also had sobriquets, often

USS Forrestal - "Forest Fire"
USS Saratoga - "Sorry Sarah"
USS John Hancock - "Hand Job"
USS John F Kennedy - "Can Opener" - after the collisions with the USS Belknap (1975) and USS Bordelon (1976)


User currently offlineKC135TopBoom From United States of America, joined Jan 2005, 12146 posts, RR: 51
Reply 15, posted (2 years 1 month 7 hours ago) and read 5612 times:

AC-130, Spook, Spooky
U-2, Dragon Lady
E-3, Flying Frisby
EC-135, Speckled Trout
WWII USN Escort Carriers, CVE, Combustible, Vulnerable and Expendable
WWII USN Troop Landing Ships, LST, Large Slow Target


User currently offlinerc135x From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 16, posted (2 years 1 month ago) and read 5561 times:

Quoting KC135TopBoom (Reply 15):
EC-135, Speckled Trout

The SPECKLED TROUT was chronologically KC-135A 55-3125, C-135C 61-2669, very briefly KC-135E 57-2589, and currently KC-135R 63-7980.


User currently offlineGlobalMoose From United States of America, joined Aug 2012, 31 posts, RR: 0
Reply 17, posted (2 years 4 weeks 10 hours ago) and read 5367 times:

After 12 years of stalking, I finally joined - first post!

C-17A - Moose
T-1A - Tone, or Tonner



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