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Airliner "Nicknames"

Tue Aug 17, 2004 8:41 am

A recent article on an aviation website here in the UK asks about "Nicknames" for airliners...
A "Jumbo" or "Lump" is a Boeing 747 (Or a "Floppy" in the case of a 747-400!)
A "Pig" or "Bobby" is a Boeing 737
A "Bong" or "Kipper" is a Boeing 707
A "Minibus" is an A320
A "Cave Monster" is a Tuploev 154 (I like this one!)
A "Spider" is a Tupolev 134
A "Whistling Wheelbarrow" is a Yak 40 (I Like this one too!)
And going back a few years:-
A "Breadvan" was a Vickers Vanguard
A "Whale" was a Vickers VC10
A "Budgie" is an HS 748
There must be lots more - Lets hear from you!!


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RE: Airliner "Nicknames"

Tue Aug 17, 2004 8:48 am

I heard the 737-200 be called a "smurf" by pilots on more than one occasion..

Other 737s, particularly the -300 through the -500s were called "guppies"..
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RE: Airliner "Nicknames"

Thu Aug 19, 2004 3:53 pm

Dan Air 727-200 "LP" Limping prick.....thats was her nickname in the 80,s out of manchester uk
 
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Thu Aug 19, 2004 4:21 pm

Eastern's L-1011 used to be called "Whisperliner"

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Thu Aug 19, 2004 6:32 pm

L-1011=Tritanic. And another one was some people said they called it the L-1011 because it was late 10 out of 11 times. Personally, I loved the L-1011 and never had any major problems with one.

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RE: Airliner "Nicknames"

Fri Aug 20, 2004 1:48 pm

I heard people in Mexico call the A300 the ''ScareBus''

Some people call ''F***ing Fokker'' to Fokkers
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RE: Airliner "Nicknames"

Fri Aug 20, 2004 5:34 pm

747 is of course the 'Jumbojet'
Others 737=baby boeing, L111=tristar, BAE146=whisperjet.
For SQ there is Jubilee, Megatop, Big Top, Celestar, Leadership etc... and the BA 744 that carried the English rugby team was dubbed 'Sweet Chariot'
 
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RE: Airliner "Nicknames"

Fri Aug 20, 2004 6:13 pm

I have some airline nicknames that my father used to use in the 70's

1. TWA Teenie Weenie Airlines
2. Aer Lingus Air Fungus
3. BOAC Better On A Camel

Any one have anymore?

 
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RE: Airliner "Nicknames"

Fri Aug 20, 2004 6:34 pm

Here are 2 names used by Crossair:
BAE146...... Jumbolino
Saab 2000 .... Concordino

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RE: Airliner "Nicknames"

Fri Aug 20, 2004 8:46 pm

Deathtrap Cruiser 10= DC-10

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RE: Airliner "Nicknames"

Fri Aug 20, 2004 9:13 pm

Another one would be Japan Airlines MD11 which is called J-Bird ...
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RE: Airliner "Nicknames"

Sat Aug 21, 2004 9:15 pm

Hi folks I have one or two.

A340 - Snail.

B767 - Slug.

BAe 146 - Bedspring.

B757 - Tubes.

B737 - Pig or Fat Albert.

A340-600 - Bendy Bus.

ILL-62 - Whistling Wheelbarrow.

Tu154 - Smokie Joe.

A318 - Micro bus.

B777 - Screwdriver.

ATP - Another Technical Problem.

B747-200 - Classic.

MD-11 - Scud.

Concorde - Big Nose

Just a few that come to mind, cheers

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RE: Airliner "Nicknames"

Sun Aug 22, 2004 8:52 am

747-200....the generic whale...or to the Brits the 747 "Classic"

DC9...the Diesel 9
DC9-10...the Barbie Fun-Jet

727...the three-holer
727-100....stubby
 
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RE: Airliner "Nicknames"

Sun Aug 22, 2004 9:04 am

I quote from a book of mine - 80 Years Of Civil Aviation, Leo Marriott - "[the 737 had] six-abreast seating compared to the five-abreast arrangement of the DC-9 and BAC 1-11. This did give the 737 a rather tubby appearance leading to its well known nickname of FLUFF (Fat Little Ugly Fellow!)"
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RE: Airliner "Nicknames"

Sun Aug 22, 2004 9:35 am

I always liked this one: A318 = "BabyBus"  Big thumbs up

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RE: Airliner "Nicknames"

Sun Aug 22, 2004 12:07 pm

TWA= Try Walking across

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RE: Airliner "Nicknames"

Thu Aug 26, 2004 2:55 am

I have a couple of personal favorites which are specific to two A300s of Indian Airlines regn VT-EHC and VT-EHD. Pilots fondly refer to them as "hot chocolate" and "hot dog".

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RE: Airliner "Nicknames"

Thu Aug 26, 2004 12:21 pm

As per USA ATC:

747- eighteen wheeler
737- Baby Boeing
777- Big Foot
MD-80- Mad Dog
DC-10 - Diesel Ten
L10ll- Jurassic Jet

I think there are a few more maybe someone at TRACon can help me out  Big thumbs up
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RE: Airliner "Nicknames"

Fri Aug 27, 2004 1:32 am

I read an article where some crews referred to the MD-80, as "The Lawn Dart".

Funny at first 'till you start to think about it, I guess...
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RE: Airliner "Nicknames"

Fri Aug 27, 2004 1:58 am

I have often heard the 757 being referred to as a 'Flying Banana!'

Not quite sure how that come about though cos banana's are normally bent!

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RE: Airliner "Nicknames"

Fri Aug 27, 2004 1:59 am

Ooh... one more i forgot...

747SP.... FAT DUCK!

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RE: Airliner "Nicknames"

Fri Aug 27, 2004 8:39 am

i like to call the 757-300 the flying pencil. i also like to refer to the 737 and 777 as david and goliath. lol
 
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Sat Aug 28, 2004 4:49 am

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RE: Airliner "Nicknames"

Sun Aug 29, 2004 8:45 am

I seem to recall there was a derogatory nickname for Sabena, which was an acroymn, then it used to go that SAS = Same as Sabena, but I can't remember the Sabena part (the n and the a stood for never again, I think)

Can anyone enlighten me.

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RE: Airliner "Nicknames"

Sun Aug 29, 2004 10:33 pm

A few years ago I heard on HAJ TOWER frequency :

"After IRISH CONCORDE on short final - line up and hold"

The aircraft on final : SHORTS SKYVAN

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RE: Airliner "Nicknames"

Mon Aug 30, 2004 2:05 am

HLF - thanks, I remember it now, I think bloody can be replaced with bad as well, if I remember too, but still. It makes the point!

The question is, what do we think the A380 is going to get as a nickname when it takes to the skies. I know a lot of people are saying Ugly.

I think I am going for " Blue Whale", especially if Korean, KLM or TUI get one.
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RE: Airliner "Nicknames"

Mon Aug 30, 2004 6:06 am

Perhaps for the A380 - Klondike Kate!

Big bird, ugly and a huge upper deck!

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RE: Airliner "Nicknames"

Tue Aug 31, 2004 7:02 pm

I remember our Pilots on the Bae146's lovingly referred to the F100 as - The Death Tube!


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RE: Airliner "Nicknames"

Thu Sep 02, 2004 9:55 am

707 = seven old seven


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RE: Airliner "Nicknames"

Fri Sep 03, 2004 12:57 am

Re: FLUFF

SAA crews used to refer to the 737's as Fluffies.

In the SAAF, C130's (and Safair's L100's) were referred to as Flossies.
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RE: Airliner "Nicknames"

Fri Sep 03, 2004 5:54 am

"After IRISH CONCORDE on short final - line up and hold"

The aircraft on final : SHORTS SKYVAN

I love it! Of course, I'm also a fan of the Skyvan. A very cool looking contraption. Anyone know of the nickname for the Shorts 330 or 360?
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RE: Airliner "Nicknames"

Fri Sep 03, 2004 9:30 am

SQ refers to its 747-400 as 'MEGATOP'.

The old Lockheed Constellations were often called 'Connies'.

AC commonly referred its DC-9s as 'Niners'.

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Fri Sep 03, 2004 9:33 am

BA referred its Concordes as 'Speedbird'. Or was it a ATC callsign?

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RE: Airliner "Nicknames"

Sun Sep 05, 2004 8:38 pm

Mmacleod, Speedbird is the callsign for British Airways.

Fokker 50 pilots call their plane Pregnant Duck in summer, because it doesn´t climb very good on hot days with full payload.

I saw Flying Pencil somewhere too. I heard it for an ERJ145 also.
 
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RE: Airliner "Nicknames"

Mon Sep 06, 2004 1:05 pm

Wasn't VS's slogan "More experience than our name suggests" one time? Isn't the F-4 also called the double ugly?

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RE: Airliner "Nicknames"

Fri Sep 10, 2004 8:34 am

The ERJ has been refered to as "Brasilia Jet" and "Barbie Jet".
 
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RE: Airliner "Nicknames"

Sat Sep 11, 2004 2:27 pm

A few that I have used/heard

B727 = thunderjet
B747 = big whale
B777 = Bigfoot
ERJs = Jungle Jets
CRJs = Skidoos
L1011 = tritanic
DC-10 = death craft 10
HS748 = screaming hawker
A319/A320 = Plastic Bus




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RE: Airliner "Nicknames"

Sun Sep 12, 2004 8:53 am

Wasn't VS's slogan "More experience than our name suggests" one time?
LOL Funny.....

Heres one. The A380-Big Bird or Bus
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RE: Airliner "Nicknames"

Sun Sep 12, 2004 9:27 am

The Bombardier Global Express is called a Globule over here in the UK.

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RE: Airliner "Nicknames"

Sat Sep 25, 2004 8:19 am

ever hear of the 777 being referred to as a "MONSTER"?

ive heard this a couple of times: "A lump and a monster on finals!"

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RE: Airliner "Nicknames"

Sat Sep 25, 2004 11:13 am

Heres my list of all of my names I came up with-

A318-Mini/BabyBus
A321-StrechyBus
A343-Turn around and take a REAL Bus
A345-777Bus
A380-Bloated Bus
MD-11 Mad Dog11
B737- Guppy
747- Dumbo Jumbo
757-Spandex
767-Boring Boeing/Bootleg 777

I couldn't really come up with anything good 4 Boeing becuase everything you say can go with "Bus".
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Sat Sep 25, 2004 9:30 pm


MD-80s, DC-8s and DC-9s look like the Japanese high speed train.

B753 is a flying pencil. "Un stylo volant".

 
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RE: Airliner "Nicknames"

Thu Sep 30, 2004 10:24 pm

B753 is a flying pencil.

So were the 'stretched' DC-8s.

Eastern's L-1011 used to be called "Whisperliner"

Around the same timeframe (the '70s), EA called both their 727s and DC-9s "Whisperjets".


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