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C-5 Galaxy Nickname Question  
User currently offlineTiger119 From United States of America, joined Sep 2003, 1919 posts, RR: 0
Posted (9 years 9 months 1 week 2 days 15 hours ago) and read 8013 times:

There is a member that started a thread in Tech/Ops about wake turbulence and listed a bunch of large aircraft. He mentions:
"C-5 (fondly nicknamed F.R.E.D)"

My question is does the Galaxy have the nickname "F.R.E.D." and if so, what does F.R.E.D. stand for? Is it a secret? You can trust me  Innocent



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User currently offlineBackwater From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2003, 13 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (9 years 9 months 1 week 2 days 13 hours ago) and read 7952 times:

"naughty word" ridiculous economic disaster.

User currently offlineTiger119 From United States of America, joined Sep 2003, 1919 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (9 years 9 months 1 week 2 days 13 hours ago) and read 7947 times:

Is the term specifically for the C-5 or any @%&*ing Ridiculous Economic Disaster?


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User currently offlineUSAFMXOfficer From United States of America, joined Nov 2004, 174 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (9 years 9 months 1 week 2 days 9 hours ago) and read 7916 times:

I've got 18+ years in USAF aircraft maintenance. FRED is specifically reserved for the C-5.


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User currently offlineSATL382G From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 4, posted (9 years 9 months 1 week 2 days 8 hours ago) and read 7906 times:

I've got 23 years in USAF airlift. I've never heard an explanation for "Fred", nor have I heard it used as an acronym. I'd always assumed it was named after Fred Flintstone, and many folks refer to the C-17 as "Barney" so that may be the case.

Now B-52 B.U.F.F on the other hand....


User currently offlineHaveBlue From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 2112 posts, RR: 1
Reply 5, posted (9 years 9 months 1 week 2 days 6 hours ago) and read 7889 times:

Big Ugly Fat F***

Although I think she's beautiful.



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User currently offlineSATL382G From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 6, posted (9 years 9 months 1 week 2 days 5 hours ago) and read 7884 times:

or variously known as.....

Big Ugly Fat Fellow

or if you're really PC (say at an airshow)

Big Ugly Fine Fellow


User currently offlineVenus6971 From United States of America, joined Dec 2004, 1443 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (9 years 9 months 1 week 2 days 5 hours ago) and read 7882 times:

Don't forget the pet name for the B-1. The Hawk, "Holiday and weekend killer" also called the Bone. I don't know why. Also the name Viper for the F-16 even though it was officially named the Falcon.


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User currently offlineSATL382G From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 8, posted (9 years 9 months 1 week 2 days 3 hours ago) and read 7865 times:

B1 = B-one = Bone

Not terribly descriptive of it's attributes, but it's the one that stuck. Hawk?


User currently offlineGarnetpalmetto From United States of America, joined Oct 2003, 5399 posts, RR: 53
Reply 9, posted (9 years 9 months 1 week 2 days 3 hours ago) and read 7863 times:

Venus - B-One. Bone.

And yes, F.R.E.D., from what I've seen is an acronym for !@#$ing ridiculous economic disaster and is reserved solely for the C-5. Other interesting Galaxy nicknames I've come across are Aluminum Overcast (although this applies to just about any large aircraft), Cumulus Aluminus, and Linda Lovelace (as everytime it kneels, it blows something  Acting devilish)



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User currently offlineSATL382G From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 10, posted (9 years 9 months 1 week 2 days 3 hours ago) and read 7860 times:

....and Linda Lovelace (as everytime it kneels, it blows something )

Now that's a fair description of the C-5 s attributes....  Smile/happy/getting dizzy


User currently offlineVenus6971 From United States of America, joined Dec 2004, 1443 posts, RR: 0
Reply 11, posted (9 years 9 months 1 week 1 day 20 hours ago) and read 7798 times:

B1 = B-one = Bone

When a B-1 from Grand Forks was at Andrews in the late 80's for their air show I was talking to the Crew Chief and that was their name for the plane.
(HAWK holiday and weekend killer)



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User currently offlineDeltaGuy From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 12, posted (9 years 9 months 1 week 1 day 4 hours ago) and read 7741 times:

How bout the A-7 Corsair? SLUF.....Short Little Ugly F***er....(or fellow) lol.

DeltaGuy


User currently offlineGalaxy5 From United States of America, joined Mar 2000, 2034 posts, RR: 24
Reply 13, posted (9 years 9 months 6 days 10 hours ago) and read 7675 times:

Fred stood for Fucking Rediculous Economic Disaster when it was being acquired by the USAF back in the 70's due to the huge cost overruns because of SPO medaling and constant changes to capabilities. The B-1 got BONE because it was also seen as such a economic folly "sometimes your in the BONE and sometimes the BONE is in you" also it has a terrible reliability rate more so than the C-5 everdid.BUFF is easy it just looks like a beast, a true was machine. Also the C-5 was also called linda Lovelace not becuase of the "as everytime it kneels, it blows something" but because "when its kneeling, it takes it from both ends.":


"damn, I didnt know prince could Ball like that" - Charlie Murphy
User currently offlineAFHokie From United States of America, joined May 2004, 224 posts, RR: 1
Reply 14, posted (9 years 9 months 5 days 4 hours ago) and read 7616 times:

The birth of the nickname of Bone for the B-1 is because in a news article written about it, the author decided to spell out one instead of just using the numeral. This added with the typographical error of not including a hyphen or a space between the B and one, you got Bone.

User currently offlineRomeokc10fe From United States of America, joined Jul 2004, 219 posts, RR: 0
Reply 15, posted (9 years 9 months 2 days 16 hours ago) and read 7583 times:

Another definition is F*%$@ Ridiculous Engineering Design.

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