Jkw777
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Plane Nicknames?

Mon Dec 08, 2003 6:36 am

Hi all,

Was thinking about something earlier on... It was about planes having specific nicknames that relate to that specific model?

Example:

777- Charlie
767- Nobby

Something along those lines? Does anyone know of any?

Does this even happen?  Confused

Many Thanks,

Regards,

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RE: Plane Nicknames?

Mon Dec 08, 2003 6:38 am

We used to call the 737-200 'banana' as of the shape of the engines
 
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RE: Plane Nicknames?

Mon Dec 08, 2003 6:39 am

753= Flying Pencil

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RE: Plane Nicknames?

Mon Dec 08, 2003 6:40 am

In SAS we call the 737-600 and -700 "the pig" or "piglet" because of their shape.
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RE: Plane Nicknames?

Mon Dec 08, 2003 6:44 am

MD80= "Mag Dog"
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RE: Plane Nicknames?

Mon Dec 08, 2003 6:44 am

777- Charlie
767- Nobby


what?!?! Those don't even make sense!  Laugh out loud

DC-10: Diesel 10
DC-9: Diesel 9

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RE: Plane Nicknames?

Mon Dec 08, 2003 6:45 am

And off course the Shorts 360: "shoebox" !

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RE: Plane Nicknames?

Mon Dec 08, 2003 6:45 am

I always call the 757s pencils (eg. pecil on short finals)
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RE: Plane Nicknames?

Mon Dec 08, 2003 6:49 am

I think the most common is the B747: Jumbo Jet

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RE: Plane Nicknames?

Mon Dec 08, 2003 6:50 am

777- Charlie
767- Nobby

You got the point though  Big grin I didn't know of any names so I made them up to convey my point!

As a pimp says to his h*es, keep 'em coming!

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RE: Plane Nicknames?

Mon Dec 08, 2003 6:55 am

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RE: Plane Nicknames?

Mon Dec 08, 2003 7:00 am

As they reached the end of their service life here at Delta the three engined widebodies were slightly altered to reflect their growing lack of reliability.
MD-11 = MD A Lemon.
L-1011 = L-10 A Lemon.
Sometimes I wonder how ATL-NRT operates at all with the MD-11. When it went to Europe it seemed like I was rebooking passengers due to mechanical like every third day.
 
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RE: Plane Nicknames?

Mon Dec 08, 2003 7:00 am

When the 737 came out it was nicknamed "Fat Albert"

 
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RE: Plane Nicknames?

Mon Dec 08, 2003 7:02 am

A couple of years ago we called the DC-10's overtime.. That's when we still had overtime. Now I just call them scrap metal, Since I have taken great pleasure watching some of them being cut up in Mojave.

The Airbus we call Pigs since there always broken.

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RE: Plane Nicknames?

Mon Dec 08, 2003 7:03 am

The TU-144 was dubbed Concordski
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RE: Plane Nicknames?

Mon Dec 08, 2003 7:05 am



I don't think she minds  Wink/being sarcastic Big grin
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RE: Plane Nicknames?

Mon Dec 08, 2003 7:06 am

Nihon YS-11:

Togo's Revenge
Yokohama Mama
The Weedeater (because it sounded just like one)

Fokker F-100:

The Barbie Dream Jet
The Mother Fokker

Boeing 737:

Fat Albert

Douglas DC-3:

Goony Birds

 
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RE: Plane Nicknames?

Mon Dec 08, 2003 7:10 am

Boeing767mech

Not that I am an airbus fan, because I am not, but are you itching for a fight? because that last thread seemed like flamebait.

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RE: Plane Nicknames?

Mon Dec 08, 2003 7:39 am

Was on a US flight from PHL to CAE on an ERJ-145 and was seated near 3-4 non-revving flight crew and found they referred to the ERJs as the "Jungle Jet"

Also one I recall hearing was referring to Airbuses as "Plastic Fantastic."
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RE: Plane Nicknames?

Mon Dec 08, 2003 7:46 am

Hehe..those are funny.

I always call the B732 the "Screaming Chicken"...cause it's so noisy.

We also loving refer to the CRJ's and ERJ's as "Lawn Darts".
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RE: Plane Nicknames?

Mon Dec 08, 2003 7:47 am

707 = bong
737 = pig
747 = lump
sh330 = shed (could also be sh360)
vc10 = whale
Caravelle = carrot
ATP = skoda



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RE: Plane Nicknames?

Mon Dec 08, 2003 7:50 am

BAC 1-11 - Pocket Rocket!


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RE: Plane Nicknames?

Mon Dec 08, 2003 7:57 am

Some of these are really funny.

I hadn't heard the ERJs called Jungle Jets, but I have heard all kinds of RJs called Lawn Darts.
 
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RE: Plane Nicknames?

Mon Dec 08, 2003 8:01 am

Just thought I'd trough in my two cents,

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RE: Plane Nicknames?

Mon Dec 08, 2003 8:09 am

Fairchild metro= Toothpick
A300= A turd with wings
F-111 = "the pig"
just a few i have heard
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RE: Plane Nicknames?

Mon Dec 08, 2003 8:29 am

Have also heard of Airbus aircraft being referred to as a Scarebus - due to their so called cheap, plastic look.

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RE: Plane Nicknames?

Mon Dec 08, 2003 8:37 am

Looks like we are all lissing the obvious Air Force tag:

B-52: BUFF (Big Ugly Fat F***er)

And while I guess any McDonnell Douglas product could be referred to as such, when I hear MadDog I think MD-11.

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RE: Plane Nicknames?

Mon Dec 08, 2003 9:23 am

A few more for the Shorts 330/360:

Winnebago
Pregnant Cube
Flying milk carton
BUBF (takeoff of BUFF replace fat with boxy)

Others...

HS748: Budgie, squeak, scream factory
Metro: Lawn Dart, San Antonio Sewer Tube
B1900D: Eggbert (dont ask me)


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RE: Plane Nicknames?

Mon Dec 08, 2003 9:31 am

Any Embraer jet - JungleJet
CRJ - TundraJet
BAe 146/Avro RJ - Jumbolino, WhisperJet

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RE: Plane Nicknames?

Mon Dec 08, 2003 9:55 am

In "airplane", the guy (forgot his name) says: "It looks like a giant Tylanol!"

I think that is true for all planes
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RE: Plane Nicknames?

Mon Dec 08, 2003 10:19 am

In "airplane", the guy (forgot his name) says: "It looks like a giant Tylanol!"

That was Johnny referring to the fact that it had big red stripes.
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RE: Plane Nicknames?

Mon Dec 08, 2003 10:35 am

Here's some other ones I've heard for the L-1011:

L-1011 stands for "late 10 out of 11 times" due to the extended mechanical delays as the plane reached the end of it's service life at DL.

The F/A's also used to call it the "Tritanic" due to the pronounced nose up attitude in flight.

At ASA in ATL the ATR-72 is known as "The French Revenge"

In reply to Jessman's post about the MD-11, DL has a team of mechanics that work all night on the ship scheduled to operate next day's Narita flight in order to get it ready. Depending on operational needs, they would also have a spare aircraft standing by to operate the flight if the original ship was broken.

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RE: Plane Nicknames?

Mon Dec 08, 2003 10:52 am

When I was in Kenya, I flew a DC-3 from the "bush" back to Nairobi. They called it the Vomit Comet then, and, after the flight, I understood. I have also heard other call it the Vomit Comet.
 
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RE: Plane Nicknames?

Mon Dec 08, 2003 1:41 pm

Well, while not in the realm of civil aviation, it seems like military aircraft get quite a few more- some of my favorites (from http://www.csd.uwo.ca/~pettypi/elevon/gustin_military/nickname.html)


Ensign Eliminator - F4U Corsair

FRED - C-5 Galaxy (F***ing Ridiculous Economic Disaster)

Linda Lovelace - C-5, again

GLOB - KC-135 Stratotanker (Ground-Loving Old Bastard)

SLAT - A-10 Thunderbolt II (Slow, Low Aerial Target)

SLUF - A-7 Corsair II (Short Little Ugly F***er)

Lawn Dart - F-16 Fighting Falcon

Lead Sled - F-105 Thunderchief


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RE: Plane Nicknames?

Mon Dec 08, 2003 1:52 pm

The F-105 was also called the Thud, because of the sound they made when they hit the ground.

Nobody has mentioned that the DC-8, 9etc are called Diesel 8s, 9s, etc.

Harrier- Grunt Killer

The Navy pilots call the older F-18A,B,C, and D "Legacy Hornets"

TWA had a pig related nickname for their 727s. Each one was different. "Moons Over My Hammy" and "Swine Devine" come to mind.  Smile
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RE: Plane Nicknames?

Mon Dec 08, 2003 2:12 pm

Let's not forget Twotter for the DHC-6 Twin Otter.
 
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RE: Plane Nicknames?

Mon Dec 08, 2003 4:16 pm

DC-10 = the flying coffin

Due to hydraulic problems that cause many disasters/accidents in the 70s
 
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RE: Plane Nicknames?

Mon Dec 08, 2003 5:26 pm

HS121 Trident was known as the 'Ground Gripper' because of its reluctance to get airborne.

A7 corsair was the SLUFF (Short Little Ugly Fat ****er)

Tornado = Truck

Nimrod AEW3 - eggbound chicken with mumps

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RE: Plane Nicknames?

Mon Dec 08, 2003 5:34 pm

AV-8B, instead of "Harrier" it's "Scarrier"

A-7 Corsair II, SLUF or BUFF

Hornet, lawn darts (name used by S-3 pukes)
(not really in the US), but sometimes it's called "Bug"

I prefer to think of the F/A-18A/B/C/D's as "dad's old hornets" or "hand me downs" since he flew those models and I *pray* to be in the E/F model  Big thumbs up Produces some laughter whenever we pass by the Naval Air Station  Big grin

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RE: Plane Nicknames?

Mon Dec 08, 2003 5:43 pm

Current carrier aircraft all have those semi-derogatory nicknames of course:

F-14 is the Turkey, F/A-18 is the Plastic Bug, S-3 is the Hoover, EA-6 is the Queer, and the E-2 is the Hummer.
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RE: Plane Nicknames?

Mon Dec 08, 2003 8:35 pm

All about Soviet/Russian aircraft nicknames Big thumbs up

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RE: Plane Nicknames?

Mon Dec 08, 2003 10:38 pm


707 = bong
737 = pig
747 = lump
DC8 = tube
DC10 = '10
DC9 = '9
1-11 = onee
Trident = trid
 
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RE: Plane Nicknames?

Mon Dec 08, 2003 10:44 pm

Anything by Embraer - Piece of sh*t
'Arrier - Leaping Heap
ATP - Advanced Technical Problem
Argosy - Whistling Tit
 
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RE: Plane Nicknames?

Tue Dec 09, 2003 3:14 am

RJ's = Replacement Jets (since more airlines are moving to smaller jets for lower traveled routes)
 
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RE: Plane Nicknames?

Tue Dec 09, 2003 3:27 am

In South Africa we call the A340-600 "Dachhund(sp?) or Sausage Dog  Big thumbs up

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RE: Plane Nicknames?

Tue Dec 09, 2003 3:36 am

At My Airline, we call the 737's "Guppies".

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