Tiger119
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C-5 Galaxy Nickname Question

Mon Dec 27, 2004 6:07 pm

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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RE: C-5 Galaxy Nickname Question

Mon Dec 27, 2004 7:19 pm

"naughty word" ridiculous economic disaster.
 
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RE: C-5 Galaxy Nickname Question

Mon Dec 27, 2004 7:42 pm

Is the term specifically for the C-5 or any @%&*ing Ridiculous Economic Disaster?
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RE: C-5 Galaxy Nickname Question

Mon Dec 27, 2004 11:42 pm

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

Tue Dec 28, 2004 12:31 am

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....
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RE: C-5 Galaxy Nickname Question

Tue Dec 28, 2004 2:54 am

Big Ugly Fat F***

Although I think she's beautiful.
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RE: C-5 Galaxy Nickname Question

Tue Dec 28, 2004 3:44 am

or variously known as.....

Big Ugly Fat Fellow

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

Big Ugly Fine Fellow
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RE: C-5 Galaxy Nickname Question

Tue Dec 28, 2004 3:53 am

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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RE: C-5 Galaxy Nickname Question

Tue Dec 28, 2004 5:25 am

B1 = B-one = Bone

Not terribly descriptive of it's attributes, but it's the one that stuck. Hawk?
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RE: C-5 Galaxy Nickname Question

Tue Dec 28, 2004 5:28 am

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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RE: C-5 Galaxy Nickname Question

Tue Dec 28, 2004 6:07 am

....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
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RE: C-5 Galaxy Nickname Question

Tue Dec 28, 2004 12:58 pm

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.
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RE: C-5 Galaxy Nickname Question

Wed Dec 29, 2004 5:09 am

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

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RE: C-5 Galaxy Nickname Question

Thu Dec 30, 2004 10:54 pm

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.":
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RE: C-5 Galaxy Nickname Question

Sat Jan 01, 2005 4:14 am

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.
 
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RE: C-5 Galaxy Nickname Question

Mon Jan 03, 2005 4:54 pm

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

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