SATL382G From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 4, posted (9 years 8 months 1 week 2 days 8 hours ago) and read 7707 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.
Garnetpalmetto From United States of America, joined Oct 2003, 5386 posts, RR: 53
Reply 9, posted (9 years 8 months 1 week 2 days 3 hours ago) and read 7664 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 )
South Carolina - too small to be its own country, too big to be a mental asylum.
Galaxy5 From United States of America, joined Mar 2000, 2034 posts, RR: 24
Reply 13, posted (9 years 8 months 6 days 9 hours ago) and read 7476 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
AFHokie From United States of America, joined May 2004, 224 posts, RR: 1
Reply 14, posted (9 years 8 months 5 days 4 hours ago) and read 7417 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.