iflyatldl
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Household Aircraft Nicknames?

Sat Dec 13, 2003 1:55 pm

Does anybody have household nick names for aircraft? We have affectionate names for a/c like MadDog for the MD88(who doesn't?) and we used to refer to the TriStar as the "TriTanic" (my days at Delta) and we refere to the 767-300 as a "Sensible 7".Cheers! Smile
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futureualpilot
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RE: Household Aircraft Nicknames?

Sat Dec 13, 2003 1:58 pm

There was a post on this a few eeks ago...

anyway, heres what I can think of:

737- Guppy, Baby Boeing

757- Pencil, Flying Pencil

747- Queen of the Skies

A-318/319/320/321- Babybus

DC-3/C-47- Gooney Bird...

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RE: Household Aircraft Nicknames?

Sat Dec 13, 2003 2:00 pm

Embraers - Jungle Jets
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iflyatldl
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RE: Household Aircraft Nicknames?

Sat Dec 13, 2003 2:01 pm

My search wasn't working-sometimes it does and then... Embarrassment
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futureualpilot
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RE: Household Aircraft Nicknames?

Sat Dec 13, 2003 2:07 pm

Iflyatldl, no worries it happens to me a lot too

I thought of a couple more:

B-52 "BUFF" (Big Ugly Fat F**cker...or Big Ugly Fat Fella, depending on what you want to say)

Airbus(no, not a knock against them just something Ive heard)- Scarebus, Plastic Planes

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RE: Household Aircraft Nicknames?

Sat Dec 13, 2003 2:21 pm

I've heard the CRJ be referred to as the "Tundra jet".

Any model of RJ often qualifies as a "Barbie Dream Jet".

I've also heard the narrowbody Airbii split up.. A320 as the "baby bus", A319 as the "mini bus", and the A318 as the "micro bus".

The Embraer 110 as the "Bandit".

The BAE-146 as the "BAC jet" (pronounced Bach - I presume for British Aerospace Corporation. Maybe someone else can clarify).

The 328Jet is often referred to as the "Do jet" (pronounced like dough).
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RE: Household Aircraft Nicknames?

Sat Dec 13, 2003 2:22 pm

B-1b lancer is known as "the bone". Notice the "bone" part
 
AA7573E
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RE: Household Aircraft Nicknames?

Sat Dec 13, 2003 2:23 pm

One of my all time favorites is the general reference to any three engined jet being a Three Holer!!

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toady
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RE: Household Aircraft Nicknames?

Sat Dec 13, 2003 2:28 pm

And let's not forget "Concordeski".
 
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RE: Household Aircraft Nicknames?

Sat Dec 13, 2003 2:37 pm

Oh.. and a fun one when a black nose cone makes it onto a "Deltaflot" painted MD-88..

Snoopy..


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RE: Household Aircraft Nicknames?

Sat Dec 13, 2003 2:48 pm

I've picked these up from pilots.

MD-80: Snake, because it's so long compared to other DC-9 series.

Airbus of any model: Scarebus

737-200: Flying Dolphin or Flying Porpoise

DC-8: Diesel 8

Any plane flown by American Eagle: Eaglet

Any plane flown by Delta: Sludge Jet (a reference to the Mississippi River)

Any plane flown by United: Marvin (a reference to the old Mainliners)

Any plane flown by NW in the old colors: Flying Bowling Shoe
 
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RE: Household Aircraft Nicknames?

Sat Dec 13, 2003 2:56 pm

Most laymen/enthusiasts would probably be disappointed at the prosiac-ness of how we refer to aircraft types...at least in my experience over the last 15 years. There is some slang used, but if anyone went around here calling aircraft types the little pet names you hear they'd get some eye-rolling, or think there's some sequel to 'Fletch' being filmed.

Most common references: phoneticly spelled where applicable

727: "twunny-seven", or sometimes "three-holer"

737-200: "two-hundered" ( or more likely pronounced "two hunnert" )

737-300: "three hunnert"

737-400: "four hunnert"

757: 757, or "five-seven"

767: 767 or "sixty-seven"

F28: F28, ( with the 1000 or 4000 designation if applicable )

F100: F100, or simply "Fokker", especially after the F28's were retired.

MD80: MD80, though I did hear the term "lawn-dart" by a few wags, owing to the similarity of the appearance to the game dart

DC9: DC9, sometimes "diesel 9", but not often really

A330: "Big-bus"

A319: "three-nineteen" or "baby-bus"

A320/321: The name as the case applies.
 
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RE: Household Aircraft Nicknames?

Sat Dec 13, 2003 3:06 pm

BAe146........"Tonka jet"

SW3, SW4 (Metro or Merlin).........."Lawn Dart"

Shorts 360.........."Flying Box, Flying Coffin!"
 
iflyatldl
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RE: Household Aircraft Nicknames?

Sat Dec 13, 2003 3:21 pm

Hi guys! Thanks for all the great replies! I like the picts. of the "Mix and Match" MD-88. I was actually at ATL last year after returning from MSY and saw a MD-88 in all three liveries...engines, doors and emergency exits. I wished I had my camera, but realized the night before I had left it in a cab in New Orleans. I was bummed! Angry I guess that happens in "The Big Easy"! Embarrassment I wonder why that you only see it on the Mad Dogs?  Smile
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RE: Household Aircraft Nicknames?

Sun Dec 14, 2003 8:11 pm

747: Jumbo or Queen
777: Trip
727: Hot Rod
MD-80: Skidbuggy
Any DCjet: Diesel
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RE: Household Aircraft Nicknames?

Sun Dec 14, 2003 10:40 pm

Used to hear the DC-3 called the "Douglas racer" late in its career.

The BAe-146 earned a lot of nicknames. "Smurfjet" "Swineliner" "Glider with 5 APUs" "Quadraphonic leaf blower" and "The hound of Hatfield" for the howling sound the flaps made extending or retracting.

Surprised no one has mentioned the 747 being called "the whale" or the Metroliner a "San Antonio sewerpipe"

DHC dash 7 is a "quad otter"
C-124 Globmaster "shaky"
F-105 "thud"


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RE: Household Aircraft Nicknames?

Sun Dec 14, 2003 10:58 pm

I'm not sure if this is what you had in mind, but here at Comair, we have names for several of the specially painted jets, such as:

"Wonder Woman"

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"Skyline"

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RE: Household Aircraft Nicknames?

Sun Dec 14, 2003 11:00 pm

Anything shorts : "shed"

MD-80 series DC-9 stretch limo or super 80 (american)

DC-9 and DC-10 Diesel 9 and Diesel 10

A-319 or A-318 "the shrot bus" for our non american guests "the short bus" is a term used to refer to a school bus for transporting students that are mentally or physicly disabled