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What Gender Is An Aircraft?

Fri Nov 16, 2001 3:30 am


A ship is (almost) always given a female name and is usually called "she..."
But what do you say about an aircraft?

Personally an aircraft is a female thing for me and it feels good to call the 744 the QUEEN of the skies instead of the KING of the skies.

Silly topic...? Yes, perhaps but I want to know...

 
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RE: What Gender Is An Aircraft?

Fri Nov 16, 2001 2:14 pm

Aviation generally has adopted many nautical ideas, including the female names for planes... Ever heard a CVR recording saying "C'mon baby" or "Pull with me baby"
 
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RE: What Gender Is An Aircraft?

Fri Nov 16, 2001 2:40 pm

I'd have to agree... planes are far too graceful and aesthetic to be male.
 
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RE: What Gender Is An Aircraft?

Fri Nov 16, 2001 2:46 pm

Yes .... Definitely Female!!  Smile


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RE: What Gender Is An Aircraft?

Fri Nov 16, 2001 4:06 pm

Whilst it is true that most planes are generically referred to as "she" . . . there are some planes which leave no doubt about their gender.

MD-11s, DC-10s, B777s, IL-76s, TU-144s are certainly masculine.

A340s, A330s, L-1011s, Concordes, VC-10s and B747s are clearly feminine.

Just my personal opinion.

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RE: What Gender Is An Aircraft?

Fri Nov 16, 2001 4:42 pm

I was just about to say the same thing when I read KC's opinion - I 100% agree with him.

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RE: What Gender Is An Aircraft?

Fri Nov 16, 2001 6:31 pm

Aviasian and Fly-K: Please explain!
To me all aircraft are feminine, just like ships. On TV, I even heard a pilot say during take-off of a 744: "Heb Deinen Hintern, Dicke!" (that's in English: Get your ass off the ground, fat lady! Well Dicke does not exactly mean fat lady, but as concerns the gender, it is clearly feminine).
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RE: What Gender Is An Aircraft?

Fri Nov 16, 2001 7:22 pm

Hm....
I call every A/C ladys, but not the L1011
That is just a man. To "ugly" and the looks of it really gives respect.
Get me right here!
I really like the L1011
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RE: What Gender Is An Aircraft?

Fri Nov 16, 2001 7:30 pm

I also call all the planes 'she'.

Things are a little more complicated in German. non-Airbus aircraft are ALWAYS she. Airbus is a little tricky, since it comes from the word 'bus' and 'bus' is masculine in German. So most non-aviators call Airbuses (Airbii?) male, most pilots and aviation-related persons use the female article. I often have fights with others about the gender.  Smile But I'll continue calling ALL planes 'she'

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RE: What Gender Is An Aircraft?

Fri Nov 16, 2001 7:30 pm

It depends of the language.
In french an aircraft or airplane is un avion which is masculine but it is true that pilots talk to her as a female one.
 
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RE: What Gender Is An Aircraft?

Fri Nov 16, 2001 7:37 pm

Aeroplane/Airplane (choose your dialect :P) in German is das Flugzeug which is neutral...

If English were a genderless language we wouldn't have this arguement :P
 
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RE: What Gender Is An Aircraft?

Fri Nov 16, 2001 7:43 pm

Well i always felt the B777 to be masculine...strong and muscular looking.

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ON the other hand the A330/340 definately is feminine with its slim and slender looks.(so long and sexy  Big grin)

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Somehow i tend to associate the 747 with a man...an emperor (partly maybe because back here in India they are given names of emperors)

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Other than that i generally tend to categorise all airplanes as feminine....purely because of the grace.

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RE: What Gender Is An Aircraft?

Sat Nov 17, 2001 12:07 am

So, you guys will call A380 a fat fat fat lady!!!!!!!!!!??????
ha....
 
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RE: What Gender Is An Aircraft?

Sat Nov 17, 2001 1:42 am

Although I have used such terms as "the old girl," to me each aircraft has its own personality and, therefore, gender. The most important factor is an aircraft's name (see the Air India and Virgin examples, above); I wish more airlines followed that practice. In other cases, the combination of a paint scheme and aircraft type can help.

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RE: What Gender Is An Aircraft?

Sat Nov 17, 2001 2:58 am

A ramp worker yells, "here she comes!"

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RE: What Gender Is An Aircraft?

Sat Nov 17, 2001 7:40 pm

I would agree with Aviasian, except for the 747 part.... He seems more to be King of the skies, big, powerful, etc.....

Airbuses? Defintely a "she", especially A340. So long and graceful
 
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RE: What Gender Is An Aircraft?

Sat Nov 17, 2001 8:14 pm

This long hard fuselage with the two large ones at the base reminds me of a male reproductive organ. Big grin

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RE: What Gender Is An Aircraft?

Sat Nov 17, 2001 8:27 pm

Realhigh, does it now? Maybe you should get your head outta the clouds. Big grin

I feel the ultimate feminine should be Concorde; look at the curves on that cutie pie!
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RE: What Gender Is An Aircraft?

Sat Nov 17, 2001 8:30 pm

In polish both ships and airplanes are masculine and I always refer to them this way.
 
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RE: What Gender Is An Aircraft?

Sat Nov 17, 2001 8:38 pm

Lehpron, my head is out of the clouds.
Get your mind out of the gutter. Big grin
 
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RE: What Gender Is An Aircraft?

Sat Nov 17, 2001 9:56 pm

This is slightly off the subject, but I just remembered a great Rodney Dangerfield line. He was talking about how they refer to cars as female, as in "she's a beauty". He said the reason for that is....How many times on a cold morning have you wanted "her" to turn over and she wont.
 
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RE: What Gender Is An Aircraft?

Sat Nov 17, 2001 10:29 pm


I think the idea is that ships etc. are called "she", but this is, of course, due to the English language. In Finnish there are no gender-related issues like this so I tend to think of ships etc. as just technocal marvels as they are.

However, I agree with the writers who say some planes appear female and some male -

Female: A330/A340, Concorde, B-1
Male: B777, B747, A320, B737, Tornado

Especially the Tornado almost reminds you of how some tools are purposefully shaped to look a bit like male genitals. Weapons (like pistols, assault rifles etc) have been designed to look the way they do since the 1930's with the intent to convey thoughts of strength, durability and lethality.

 
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RE: What Gender Is An Aircraft?

Sun Nov 18, 2001 4:30 am

As a general rule in the english language, transportation devices may be referred to as 'she'

She is a fine ship
She is a powerful locomotive
She is a sleek car
She is a beutiful aircraft
etc.

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RE: What Gender Is An Aircraft?

Sun Nov 18, 2001 4:46 am

I believe in France and Russia, among other places, the standard historical reference towards ships (sailing or flying) is masculine.

I'm a historical buff on the topic of the French Line's incredible 1930s era ocean liner NORMANDIE, and never quite acclaimated myself to the fact that to the French, NORMANDIE was a "He".

NOT a silly topic at all, SK!  Smile/happy/getting dizzy
 
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RE: What Gender Is An Aircraft?

Sun Nov 18, 2001 4:52 am

The A380 reminds me of my geography teacher.