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Military Aircraft Sobriquet

Fri Aug 10, 2012 2:55 am

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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RE: Military Aircraft Sobriquet

Thu Aug 16, 2012 5:23 pm

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

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RE: Military Aircraft Sobriquet

Thu Aug 16, 2012 7:32 pm

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).
 
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Thu Aug 16, 2012 7:45 pm

A-3 Skywarrior - Whale

it is also known as

A-3D Skywarrior - All 3 Dead
 
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RE: Military Aircraft Sobriquet

Thu Aug 16, 2012 8:13 pm

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"
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RE: Military Aircraft Sobriquet

Thu Aug 16, 2012 8:24 pm

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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RE: Military Aircraft Sobriquet

Fri Aug 17, 2012 4:46 pm

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

Fri Aug 17, 2012 7:55 pm

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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RE: Military Aircraft Sobriquet

Fri Aug 17, 2012 8:46 pm

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

Fri Aug 17, 2012 9:48 pm

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.
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RE: Military Aircraft Sobriquet

Sat Aug 18, 2012 12:03 am

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"

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RE: Military Aircraft Sobriquet

Sat Aug 18, 2012 12:22 am

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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RE: Military Aircraft Sobriquet

Sat Aug 18, 2012 3:53 pm

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"
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RE: Military Aircraft Sobriquet

Sat Aug 18, 2012 4:13 pm

The Armstrong Whitworth Argosy was known in RAF services as the Whistling Tit. Check out the photos to see why
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RE: Military Aircraft Sobriquet

Sat Aug 18, 2012 4:32 pm

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)
 
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RE: Military Aircraft Sobriquet

Sun Aug 19, 2012 8:17 pm

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
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RE: Military Aircraft Sobriquet

Mon Aug 20, 2012 3:09 am

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.
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RE: Military Aircraft Sobriquet

Tue Aug 21, 2012 5:18 pm

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