TWAMD-80 From United States of America, joined Oct 2001, 1006 posts, RR: 4 Posted (8 years 5 months 3 weeks 2 days 14 hours ago) and read 3509 times:
I was flipping through Aviation Week's 2004 Aerospace photo awards issue and I ran across a picture of an F-16 that was dubbed "viper" instead of "Fighting Falcon" or "Falcon". This isn't the first time that I have seen this, but it reminded me of it. I did a search of the forum and it didn't turn up anything. Any help would be apperciated!
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N328KF From United States of America, joined May 2004, 6226 posts, RR: 3 Reply 1, posted (8 years 5 months 3 weeks 2 days 13 hours ago) and read 3476 times:
"Viper" is a nickname for the F-16 Fighting Falcon, in the same sense that "Warthog" is a nickname for the A-10 Thunderbolt II, or "Aardvark" is a nickname for the F-111. It's a common-enough nickname that even laymen use it from time to time, and sometimes more often than the actual DoD-given name.
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Garnetpalmetto From United States of America, joined Oct 2003, 5251 posts, RR: 55 Reply 3, posted (8 years 5 months 3 weeks 2 days 13 hours ago) and read 3469 times:
Like N328KF points out - in one of those instances of pilots dubbing their aircraft with another nickname (Thunderbolt II/Warthog, Lancer/Bone), F-16 pilots felt their maneuverable aircraft had resemblance to the Viper fighters on "Battlestar Galactica" (which, lest we forget, was on TV as the USAF began wide-spread introduction of the F-16) and thus dubbed them "Vipers."
Again, the official Air Force name remains Fighting Falcon, but most everyone I know of refers to it as the Viper.
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L-188 From United States of America, joined Jul 1999, 29367 posts, RR: 61 Reply 6, posted (8 years 5 months 3 weeks 2 days 13 hours ago) and read 3450 times:
The Fighting Falcon was originaly planned to be named the Falcon, but Dassault screamed bloody murder over the fact that it was selling a line of buisness jets with that name, and that name was copyrighted, so the F-16 became the "Fighting Falcon".
The Viper nickname, I think became more prevelent after Lockheed bought the line from General Dynamics.
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DL021 From United States of America, joined May 2004, 11435 posts, RR: 81 Reply 8, posted (8 years 5 months 3 weeks 2 days 3 hours ago) and read 3337 times:
The military has a long history of taking the manufacturers official name and calling the piece of equipment whatever seems appropriate.
Some examples include the already mentioned Aardvark (F-111), Warthog (A-10), and Viper(F-16), and we can add to this Snake (Cobra AH-1), Humvee (Hummer), Huey (UH-1 Iroquois, nee HU-1 prior to redesignations hence HUEY), the Pig (M-60 or M-240G GPMG..carry one to know why), and others. It is a sign of acceptance from the troops to name their equipment. It is also common amongst the US military to give something a name other than the official one just to maintain a level of independence and rebellion which seems to be in our nature.
edit: BTW if you enlarge the picture in the article and look at the very start of the debris/impact trail you can just make out the training Sidewinder round sticking out of the ground, just like a LAWN DART.....
MD11Engineer From Germany, joined Oct 2003, 13369 posts, RR: 64 Reply 12, posted (8 years 5 months 3 weeks 1 day 23 hours ago) and read 3285 times:
The German Luftwaffe call the F-4 Phantom "Eisenschwein" (Iron Pig), the MRCA Tornado is the "Klappdrachen" (folding kite, can also mean folding dragon) and for the C-160 Transall I´ve heard "Trall" and "Trallala".
The UH-1D is the "Teppichklopfer" (carpet beater" due to it´s flapping rotor noise.
NightHawk117 From United States of America, joined Mar 2004, 175 posts, RR: 0 Reply 17, posted (8 years 5 months 3 weeks 1 day 16 hours ago) and read 3212 times:
Wasn't the 'Vomit Comet' a modified KC-135?
For an aircraft having many 'nicknames', try the F-117A. It is officially known as the 'Nighthawk'. But, it's had many colorful nicknames, such as...
Black Jet Wobbly Goblin(although F-117 pilots claimed they have NEVER called it this) Scorpion Cockroach/Stinkbug Shaba(was the Saudis nickname for them during Desert Strom) Cubists' Nightmare Iraqi Revenue Service Skunk Jet
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DL021 From United States of America, joined May 2004, 11435 posts, RR: 81 Reply 19, posted (8 years 5 months 3 weeks 1 day 3 hours ago) and read 3130 times:
HaveBlue....you are correct sir. The F-105 Thunderchief. Very embarrassing for me to have erred, I make the zero-meter-effective-range excuse that I have been sick in bed for two days and my self-edit feature is not in nominal operating range.
I remember when the 116th at Dobbins had Thuds and they still had battle damage from Vietnam. They would practice making repairs with Dr. Pepper cans cut open and flattened over the holes held in place with metal staplers. Now that was an airplane!
As for the big-giant-badass helicopter, you will see that I said that was my name for it. I only flew on them a few times and it was usually NOE and I was always sitting next to guys who were distinctly ill from the flying. I was not feeling so well myself, either. Its like riding a sideways rollercoaster that jumps up and down, while you are trying to hang on to all your crap, and not lose track of your barf bag. The crew chiefs always had plenty of those on hand and gave instructions to use them as they did not wish to clean the floors.
But the NASA KC-135A (since retired and one now a gate guardian the other sold for parts) turbojet hotrod was definitely my source of inspiration for the name.
F4wso From United States of America, joined Oct 2003, 974 posts, RR: 13 Reply 20, posted (8 years 5 months 3 weeks 3 hours ago) and read 3078 times:
MPC models put out a F-84 "Thunderchief" kit in Thunderbird markings in the late 1970s. It is one of my prized kits that is for the box art and not the plastic inside. They later reissued the kit with the proper title.
I saw the Georgia ANG flying the last few F-105Gs in July as they were transitioning to the F-4D. It was an awesome plane to see in the air.
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DL021 From United States of America, joined May 2004, 11435 posts, RR: 81 Reply 21, posted (8 years 5 months 3 weeks 2 hours ago) and read 3071 times:
I was a kid when my Dad would take us over the Dobbins to see them take off and fly over. Those were some big, loud birds.
I remember when the Phantom came to town, and then when we got F-15's which were replaced by the Bones. Now we have the most important National Guard wing yet, E-8's, but they are pretty vanilla to look at and you have to go down to middle Georgia to see them.
I was lucky enough to have to rig up on the ramp several times for jumps out of the OV-10's from the NAS or 130's from Lawson and we got to see the Eagles up close. The CO let us sit in one of the birds once and that was a blast.