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Aircraft Nicknames

Thu May 18, 2006 7:17 pm

As we all know:
B747 = Jumbo Jet
A380 = WhaleJet
B757 = Rocket
AN124 = Ruslan
AN225 = Mryia
Bae146 = Whisperliner
L1011 = Tristar

But what nicknames could be given to the following a/c:
A300
A310
A320
A340
B767
B777
MD11
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RE: Aircraft Nicknames

Thu May 18, 2006 7:39 pm

Quoting Gkirk (Thread starter):
Bae146 = Whisperliner

Do we really call the BAe-146 the "Whisperliner?" I've never heard of that!

"Whisperliner" is what Eastern Airlines called their wide-bodies...L-1011's, A300's...and I'm assuming their 747's and DC-10's.

They called their narrow-bodies "WhisperJets."

(No big deal...it's just something I didn't know!)
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RE: Aircraft Nicknames

Thu May 18, 2006 7:45 pm

ERJ's = Jungle jets

B737-200's = Fat Albert, Jurrasic Jet

B727 = Three Holer

Among my co-workers:
B777 = Aluminum Overcast (Name given to the B-36)

A340-200/300 = Ground Hog
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RE: Aircraft Nicknames

Thu May 18, 2006 7:45 pm

Quoting Miamiair (Reply 2):
A340-200/300 = Ground Hog

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RE: Aircraft Nicknames

Thu May 18, 2006 7:46 pm

Quoting Gkirk (Thread starter):
MD11

I have a friend who calls the MD-11 "Peanut Gallery" due to the shape of the #2 engine nacelle. Reminds him of a peanut. And if the MD-11 is white, he calls it a "Tampon with wings"

I like to call the 767 the Flying Brick. I have always had trouble landing 767s on FlightSim because of how they handle. When I flare before touchdown, the aircraft will pull its nose up, float for a few seconds, then come slamming down extremely hard. I have seen the real ones land quite hard as well. Plane lands like a brick, hence my nickname for it. I wish I knew the trick to a "greaser" with the 767

Oh, and the 777 is a "767 on steroids".
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RE: Aircraft Nicknames

Thu May 18, 2006 7:48 pm

Quoting Gkirk (Thread starter):
Bae146 = Whisperliner

Minor point, but I thought it was a Whisperjet
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RE: Aircraft Nicknames

Thu May 18, 2006 7:50 pm

Quoting BDKLEZ (Reply 5):
Minor point, but I thought it was a Whisperjet

Aye, that sounds right, although I've heard it called both
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RE: Aircraft Nicknames

Thu May 18, 2006 8:02 pm

What about this one:

A318 = Babybus

When I saw with BD we called our 319s "babybus", but as we now have the 318 in regular service I think the title more fairly belongs to it. Don't you think?

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RE: Aircraft Nicknames

Thu May 18, 2006 8:09 pm

A320 - Scooter/Skoda
BAe 146 - WhimperJet
747 - JumboJet/Queen of the Skies
A380 - Whalejet
777 - T7 (there are others too)
metroliner - Flying Pencil
Helicopters - RotoPalmTrees
B757 - Stick Insect
B767 - Slug
MD11 - SCUD
L1011 - Tritanic
MD80 - Mad Dog 80
Be1900D - Flying Mosquito
 

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RE: Aircraft Nicknames

Thu May 18, 2006 8:22 pm

The nicknames that always crack me up are the ones for the IAI Westwind...either the "Rabbi Rocket" or the "Jew Canoe."

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RE: Aircraft Nicknames

Thu May 18, 2006 8:28 pm

Quoting Miamiair (Reply 2):
B737-200's = Fat Albert, Jurrasic Jet

The 737-200 isn't "Fat Albert"... the Hercules C-130 is  Smile

Quoting BDKLEZ (Reply 7):

A318 = Babybus

I like the name "Babybus" Big grin

Quoting Miamiair (Reply 2):
A340-200/300 = Ground Hog

 bigthumbsup  Great aircraft still though  Smile

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RE: Aircraft Nicknames

Thu May 18, 2006 8:31 pm

Quoting Gkirk (Thread starter):
Bae146 = Whisperliner

The Bae146 is also commonly referred to as 'Jumbolino'
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RE: Aircraft Nicknames

Thu May 18, 2006 9:21 pm

Quoting B742 (Reply 10):
The 737-200 isn't "Fat Albert"... the Hercules C-130 is

Hate to ruin your day, but the 737-100/-200 has been referred to as Fat Albert since before you were born. And for educational purposes, Fat Albert is a Marine Corps C-130 that supports the Blue Angels and is painted in a demonstration color scheme.


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RE: Aircraft Nicknames

Thu May 18, 2006 10:41 pm

DC-9s: Diesel Nines
CRJ: Barbie Jet
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RE: Aircraft Nicknames

Thu May 18, 2006 10:50 pm

The BAE 146 is a 'Quadrapuff'.

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RE: Aircraft Nicknames

Thu May 18, 2006 10:59 pm

Quoting Miamiair (Reply 12):
Hate to ruin your day, but the 737-100/-200 has been referred to as Fat Albert since before you were born. And for educational purposes, Fat Albert is a Marine Corps C-130 that supports the Blue Angels and is painted in a demonstration color scheme

I think you will also find that the C130 is known as a Fat Albert all over the world. It certainly is in the RAF.
 
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RE: Aircraft Nicknames

Thu May 18, 2006 11:07 pm

Slight thread drift.

One of my favourates was the Whisling Tit, the Argosy.

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RE: Aircraft Nicknames

Fri May 19, 2006 12:11 am

Quote:
A380 = Whalejet

In your dreams...

"Tristar" was a name or "Mrya" etc.

"Whalejet" is rather used by A380 bashers.

[Edited 2006-05-18 17:21:59]
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RE: Aircraft Nicknames

Fri May 19, 2006 12:29 am

If you have to find a nickname to the A380 that would be "Superjumbo".

Today there was a lot of press releases about the aircraft flying over england so you can check by yourself :
"Superjumbo" :
http://news.google.fr/news?hl=en&ie=UTF-8&edition=us&q=superjumbo

compared to "Whalejet" :

http://news.google.fr/news?hl=en&ie=UTF-8&edition=us&q=whalejet

I think there is no debate about the nickname of the A380 if it had to get one.
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RE: Aircraft Nicknames

Fri May 19, 2006 12:30 am

Quoting Aither (Reply 17):
"Whalejet" is rather used by A380 bashers.

If i call the americans "stupid idiots" that's not a nickname either, this is bashing.

Where the hell did this come from? The A380 is called 'Whalejet' because of it's size, which makes perfect sense. There is nothing derogatory about the term 'Whalejet'.

Admit it, you were just looking for an excuse to use the term 'stupid idiots' to an American. Your attempt to cover it up by using a weak analogy is lame.
 
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RE: Aircraft Nicknames

Fri May 19, 2006 12:37 am

The 737 is known as the "Guppy".
 
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RE: Aircraft Nicknames

Fri May 19, 2006 12:37 am

A318 : Tender to A380

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RE: Aircraft Nicknames

Fri May 19, 2006 12:44 am

Quoting Saintsman (Reply 15):
I think you will also find that the C130 is known as a Fat Albert all over the world. It certainly is in the RAF.

I stand corrected. My apologies.
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RE: Aircraft Nicknames

Fri May 19, 2006 12:50 am

Quoting A319114 (Reply 11):
The Bae146 is also commonly referred to as 'Jumbolino'

Only by Crossair


BAC-111, Pocket Rocket

Quoting Miamiair (Reply 2):
Fat Albert

Was used by BN as one of may nicknames for their orange 747's.
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RE: Aircraft Nicknames

Fri May 19, 2006 12:57 am

We shouldn't forget the B-52 - BUFF for Big Ugly Fat *ucker  Smile
 
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RE: Aircraft Nicknames

Fri May 19, 2006 12:57 am

We have found a reference to WhaleJet on BBC Southern Counties. So it's official. Besides, it's more interesting. SuperJumbo is just copying and I'm sure the A team wouldn't want to be thought of as just copying what Americans do as usual (except when it comes to making a functional job market).

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RE: Aircraft Nicknames

Fri May 19, 2006 12:58 am

MDs= Mad Dog

I used to call AA's 727s "Flying Can" Big grin

Quoting Aither (Reply 17):
"Whalejet" is rather used by A380 bashers.

Then how would you call the flying whale?

Whalejet, Big Bertha, Flying Mammoth.... I can come up with a trillion more xD

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RE: Aircraft Nicknames

Fri May 19, 2006 12:59 am

Emb 170 known in these parts as a Womble (because of the nose)


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RE: Aircraft Nicknames

Fri May 19, 2006 1:01 am

Quoting Glom (Reply 26):
787 is the PlasticPlane.

I thought it was the Plastic Fantastic!

Quoting 11Bravo (Reply 34):
B787: Dreamliner

and then there's that too!

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RE: Aircraft Nicknames

Fri May 19, 2006 1:03 am

The Lumberjack is what pilots, rampers, MX folk, and even Wall Street analysts call the airliner that has cut down the most trees.  Smile
 
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RE: Aircraft Nicknames

Fri May 19, 2006 1:07 am

Quoting Aither (Reply 17):
"Whalejet" is rather used by A380 bashers.

I beg to differ. Whalejet is not derogatory in any way. It’s just a fitting name. Now, if we're talking about 'Bertha' for the A380, I can see where you're coming from.  biggrin 
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RE: Aircraft Nicknames

Fri May 19, 2006 1:12 am

when BA started operating the A320's of BCal they were nicknamed the Atari Ferrari
 
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RE: Aircraft Nicknames

Fri May 19, 2006 1:19 am

F/A-18: Plastic Doodle Bug or Plastic Jet
F-111: Aardvark or 'vark
EF-111: Sparkvark
A-10: Warthog or Hog
A-7: SLUF (Short Little Ugly Fu*ker)

B787: Dreamliner

We really need to work on that last one IMHO. Despite what a few neurotic posters seem to think, WhaleJet is a great name for the A380. We need something equally as descriptive and clever for the B787. I think the Dreamliner is a great aircraft, but that name is just weak.
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RE: Aircraft Nicknames

Fri May 19, 2006 1:20 am

Quoting Zkpilot (Reply 8):
B757 - Stick Insect
B767 - Slug
MD11 - SCUD
L1011 - Tritanic
MD80 - Mad Dog 80

These could all also be considered "degrading" except A) they aren't, they're just nicknames and B) nobody cares.

In fact pilots tend to think up some quite degrading names with complete affection for their aircraft (see BUFF).

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RE: Aircraft Nicknames

Fri May 19, 2006 1:25 am

Oh, the 772LR is the WORLDLINER

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RE: Aircraft Nicknames

Fri May 19, 2006 1:26 am

Quoting BDKLEZ (Reply 7):
but as we now have the 318 in regular service I think the title more fairly belongs to it. Don't you think?

Huh? BD has 318s? since when?

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RE: Aircraft Nicknames

Fri May 19, 2006 1:32 am

Quoting 797 (Reply 36):
Oh, the 772LR is the WORLDLINER

Quoting 11Bravo (Reply 34):
B787: Dreamliner

By the way, these are the company's names for the planes which makes them not a nickname. I believe nicknames are created outside of the control of the object named (and often they could be considered derogatory) and invariably proved over time as endearing. It is the pilots and personnel involved with the plane (or anything for that matter) that creates the nickname.

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RE: Aircraft Nicknames

Fri May 19, 2006 1:35 am

At AR, everyone affectionally refers to the 737-200 as "la chancha", which, translated into English, means "sow" or "female pig". AR has been flying the 737 for over 35 years!
 
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Fri May 19, 2006 1:44 am

Quoting Pdpsol (Reply 39):
At AR, everyone affectionally refers to the 737-200 as "la chancha", which, translated into English, means "sow" or "female pig". AR has been flying the 737 for over 35 years!

At SAA it is called a "fluffy" or "fluff jet", which comes from FLUF... f 'ing little ugly f 'er!
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RE: Aircraft Nicknames

Fri May 19, 2006 1:49 am

I noticed no one much mentioned turbo props. I worked at Comair/DL Conx back in the day. The EMB-120 (E120) was a nice speedy little plane, all shiny and new.

I named it the "Silver Bullet" - later on in years before we retired them and they were mainly relocated to MCO (I relocated to MCO trying to get away from the E120s) Ships 217 and a few others were in pretty poor shape, and the named was changed from "Silver Bullet" to "Silver Bucket"

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RE: Aircraft Nicknames

Fri May 19, 2006 2:28 am

Sorry, but the A320 is NOT the Scooter. The Scooter is what Pilots call the 727 because of it's size and speed. Also, the A380 is not the Whalejet.. 747's were called the Whalejet because of the Whale Parades (All of the Heavies in sequence waiting to takeoff) at larger airports during bad weather/delays.
 
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RE: Aircraft Nicknames

Fri May 19, 2006 2:33 am

Oh yeah, the Air Force call the C-5 Fred, and the C-17 Barney. Alot of Pilots that fly Big Iron call CRJ's and ERJ's chumpjets as well. I've also known a couple of Tristar Guy's to call the 757 a light twin at a certain anonymous airline.
 
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RE: Aircraft Nicknames

Fri May 19, 2006 2:44 am

Quoting Gkirk (Thread starter):
A380 = WhaleJet



Quoting Aither (Reply 17):
Quote:
A380 = Whalejet

In your dreams...

That is true. Some guys on this forum discussed the name for A380 and some liked whalejet and now they think all will follow.

Quoting Aither (Reply 17):
If you have to find a nickname to the A380 that would be "Superjumbo".

True. On news you always find Superjumbo.

Whalejet could make sense instead A300 Beluga (kind of whale by the way).


Whalejet is just not "catchy"
 
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RE: Aircraft Nicknames

Fri May 19, 2006 2:50 am

737=FLUF= fat little ugly fu_ _ er.
MD-80= mud duck or lawn dart.
 
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RE: Aircraft Nicknames

Fri May 19, 2006 3:04 am

Quoting DixieDawg (Reply 19):
If i call the americans "stupid idiots" that's not a nickname either, this is bashing.

The bashers call the A380 the A three-ugly.
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RE: Aircraft Nicknames

Fri May 19, 2006 3:16 am

Quoting Pavlin (Reply 44):

"SuperJumbo" is the class of the plane.
The 747 is a "Jumbo Jet" (and remember that Jumbo was also a common circus elephant name. Hmmmm, so does that make it the "SuperElephant"? Kidding!) and the A380 is a "super" version. The media I believe called the 747 the jumbo jet and it stuck. Then Queen of the Skies came along (possibly from Boeing but I don't know). Who knows what will stick to the A380, time will tell. But i do know that is works and that it obviously rubs some people the wrong way.
So in the interest of being fair, what would you prefer:
WhaleJet, MonsterJet, ElephantJet, GoliathJet, AchillesJet, HugeJet, EnormousJet, GiantJet, MassiveJet, MammothJet, GiganticJet, VastJet, ColossalJet, GargantuanJet, ImmenseJet, ConsiderableJet? You pick.

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RE: Aircraft Nicknames

Fri May 19, 2006 3:17 am

Quoting Oly720man (Reply 28):
Emb 170 known in these parts as a Womble (because of the nose)

You Brits seem to have a reputation for coming up with catchy nicknames. The earliest one I can remember was 'Shed' for the Shorts 330. I'm sure there were several before that one. I've noticed that you do it with trains too - mostly diesel or electric MUs. The electric trains that started running from London to Portsmouth before WW2 were known as 'Nelsons' for obvious reasons.
 
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RE: Aircraft Nicknames

Fri May 19, 2006 3:44 am

Quoting Zkpilot (Reply 8):
BAe 146 - WhimperJet

I heard it referred to as the "Scope-Jet".

Quoting Zkpilot (Reply 8):
metroliner - Flying Pencil

Lawn Dart

Quoting Zkpilot (Reply 8):
MD11 - SCUD

IAlso heard it referred to as the Tritantic

Quoting Miamiair (Reply 2):
B737-200's = Fat Albert, Jurrasic Jet

Hmmm FLUF - Fat Little Ugly *ucker


727 - Lead Sled

EMB-120 - Silver Bullet

Dash-7 - Trash-7

A-320 - Plastic Magic

A-319 - Baby-bus

EMB-110 - Bandit
 
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RE: Aircraft Nicknames

Fri May 19, 2006 4:02 am

Fokker F27 = Friendship
Fokker F28 = Fellowship
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RE: Aircraft Nicknames

Fri May 19, 2006 4:09 am

Fokker 100 = Mother Fokker
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