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"Genders" Of Aircraft Types

Sun Oct 12, 2008 8:14 pm

I was wondering, do you happen to consider different aircraft types to be different genders? I personally do. Here is my list:

Boeing:
  • 717 - male
  • 737-300/500/600/700 - male
  • 737-400/800/900 - female
  • 747 (all models) - male. Yes, I know some people call the 747 the "Queen" of the Skies, however, I find it to be more of a male aircraft.
  • 757 (all models) - female
  • 767-200 - male
  • 767-300 - female
  • 767-400ER - female
  • 777 (all models) - female


Airbus:
  • A300 - male
  • A310 - male
  • A318/A319 - male
  • A320/A321 - female
  • A330 (all models) - female
  • A340 (all models) - male
  • A380 - male


McDonnell Douglas:
  • DC-10 - male
  • MD-11 - male
  • MD-80 - male
  • MD-90 - female


Lockheed:
  • L-1011 - female


Does anyone have their own opinions?

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RE: "Genders" Of Aircraft Types

Sun Oct 12, 2008 8:27 pm

When ever I fly something I call it her, or she. For instance when talking about my favourite plane, I would say I miss flying FFCM she was amazing!
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RE: "Genders" Of Aircraft Types

Sun Oct 12, 2008 8:40 pm

I've never really thought about it, but now that I have, I think I consider all aircraft default "female". It's sort of like any other piece of fairly large machinery, like ships for instance, which I believe are typically thought of as "female" by the general public...

Quoting 1337Delta764 (Thread starter):
I was wondering, do you happen to consider different aircraft types to be different genders? I personally do.

I can understand why some people would differentiate between "male" and "female" aircraft though...especially the A380! It's so awkward and ungainly, it would be a disgrace to call it "female"! Yeesh.

Now here's a question. What sort of criteria does one consider (consciously or not) when trying to determine whether an aircraft is a boy or a girl?  eyebrow  Hmm...

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RE: "Genders" Of Aircraft Types

Sun Oct 12, 2008 8:44 pm

I always consider them female, nothing looking good like that could be male IMO
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RE: "Genders" Of Aircraft Types

Sun Oct 12, 2008 9:01 pm



Quoting SNAFlyboy (Reply 2):
Now here's a question. What sort of criteria does one consider (consciously or not) when trying to determine whether an aircraft is a boy or a girl? Hmm...

Well, I think that the short and stubby aircraft tend to lean towards male, while the long and sleek aircraft lean towards female. Also, I think that rear-mounted engines tend to lean towards male, except if they are in an S-duct like the L-1011. However, the MD-90 is one exception because it is long and thin. Also, I think that quads are more male-looking.
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RE: "Genders" Of Aircraft Types

Mon Oct 13, 2008 2:49 am

Ok....I'll take a shot here....


Boeing 747 (all versions)...Male, probably lifts weights in his free time.

Boeing 757....Female and quite an athletic jock, as well as attractive. The 747 has a crush on her.

Boeing 767 (all versions)....Female and older sister of the 757. She's a bit jealous of her little sister. Why do all the guys like her?

Boeing 777...Big male, perhaps once was a 767, but discovered steroids.

Boeing 737-200/300/500...Male....every little league team has a token fat kid. Much the same, many airlines do too!

Boeing 737-800...Female, best friends with 757. They snicker behind 777's back when he winks at them.

DC-9...male. Very content with his job at NWA, not thnking of retiring any time soon.

VC-10...Female...very proper but classy. Has a Russian cousin who is female as well. She's an IL-62. Different backrounds but very alike!

IL-96...Male, has inferiority complex. Been passed up for too many good jobs. Wish he could land the same gig at NWA the DC-9's got, but the damn fellow just won't retire!

DC-3...Male with many stories to tell, hates modern technology and thinks that none of these young kids know anything about flying!

DC-8-61...female.....her BFF Boeing 707 is worried about her, as she thinks the 8 is starving herself!

MD-80...Male...has a pain in the A$$ little brother, CRJ-200!
 
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RE: "Genders" Of Aircraft Types

Mon Oct 13, 2008 12:57 pm

Anything that requires as much time, money, and attention as a plane must be female.
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RE: "Genders" Of Aircraft Types

Tue Oct 14, 2008 5:35 pm

DC8 - 61, A340-600 and B757-300 all excessively long, and a touch phallic - must be Male  Smile
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RE: "Genders" Of Aircraft Types

Wed Oct 15, 2008 7:22 am

The two most famous French a/c (one in cooperation with the British), definitely are female:

Concorde
Caravelle


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Thu Oct 16, 2008 12:34 am



Quoting 2H4 (Reply 9):
Male.

With the above being the obvious exception, I think most aircraft are generally perceived as "female" but some of them have a definitely have a male appearance to them.

Quoting CairnterriAIR (Reply 5):

Haha nicely written.  Smile

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Fri Oct 17, 2008 1:28 am



Quoting 2H4 (Reply 9):
Male.

Leave it to 2H4 to bring up one of those obscure examples from way outa left field. Big grin

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RE: "Genders" Of Aircraft Types

Fri Oct 17, 2008 1:52 am

This is a really interesting post, in a weird way.

For what it's worth, I agreed with almost ALL of your choices.


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RE: "Genders" Of Aircraft Types

Fri Oct 17, 2008 3:48 am

I consider all a/c as females.

Quoting 2H4 (Reply 9):
Male.

LOL!!!

Quoting CairnterriAIR (Reply 5):
Male.

Got a good laugh when reading that. Thank you  Smile
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RE: "Genders" Of Aircraft Types

Fri Oct 17, 2008 11:15 pm



Quoting CrimsonNL (Reply 3):
I always consider them female, nothing looking good like that could be male IMO

Ever had a good, long, hard look at the 777 fuselage?

I dunno. Big, thick, long fuselage and two enormous, low-hanging engines.

Looks like a boy to me!
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Sat Oct 18, 2008 9:52 pm

Personally, anything with a centre landing gear is male. Big grin


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Sun Oct 19, 2008 2:51 pm



Quoting HT (Reply 8):
The two most famous French a/c (one in cooperation with the British), definitely are female:

Concorde
Caravelle

 no 

In the French Language, there is no "neutral", like "it" in English or "das" in German.
Everything is "masculine" or "feminine"

Airplane ("Avion") is masculine. un/le avion.
Runway ("piste") is feminine. une/la piste.

So all airplanes are masculine/male : LE / UN Boeing, LE / UN Concorde, UN Airbus, LE / UN Tupolev.

The only "female" airplane is LA Caravelle.
 
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Sun Oct 19, 2008 3:20 pm



Quoting YXD172 (Reply 15):
Personally, anything with a centre landing gear is male. Big grin

Maybe, but the MD11F is so bitchy, that the MD11F can only be female. I always call her a she. "what is she doing again" Big grin

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Sun Oct 19, 2008 4:25 pm



Quoting FlySSC (Reply 16):
In the French Language, there is no "neutral", like "it" in English or "das" in German.
Everything is "masculine" or "feminine"

Airplane ("Avion") is masculine. un/le avion.
Runway ("piste") is feminine. une/la piste.

So all airplanes are masculine/male : LE / UN Boeing, LE / UN Concorde, UN Airbus, LE / UN Tupolev.

The only "female" airplane is LA Caravelle.

I think you're missing the spirit of the thread. It's not discussing which aircraft are grammatically male or female....It's discussing aircraft are generally interpreted as male or female.

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Quoting 2H4 (Reply 18):
I think you're missing the spirit of the thread. It's not discussing which aircraft are grammatically male or female....It's discussing aircraft are generally interpreted as male or female.

I understood this. What I meant is that the influence of your "mother tongue" is probably vey important.

I doubt you will find ANY French speaking aviation nut who will think an airplane can be "female".
 
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Thu Oct 23, 2008 11:35 pm



Quoting WILCO737 (Reply 17):
Maybe, but the MD11F is so bitchy, that the MD11F can only be female. I always call her a she. "what is she doing again"

Wilco, your relationship with the MD11 is like a typical relationship with any woman: love/hate. The sense I get is that the MD-11 is like a beautiful, lovely lady who suffers from severe PMS: you're never quite sure when she's going to turn bitchy, but rest assured that when she does she will do so spectacularly and without warning.
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RE: "Genders" Of Aircraft Types

Sat Oct 25, 2008 1:36 am

I've always considered planes female, guess it just comes from so much of aeronautical terminology coming from the nautical tradition.

Quoting FlySSC (Reply 19):
I understood this. What I meant is that the influence of your "mother tongue" is probably very important.

True, which is why this is a very intriguing question for us Anglophones, since English does not assign "gender" to inanimate objects. If it isn't alive, it's an "it" as far as the English language is concerned...and yet ships are female to most native Anglophones.
 
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RE: "Genders" Of Aircraft Types

Sat Oct 25, 2008 9:20 am



Quoting ExFATboy (Reply 21):
and yet ships are female to most native Anglophones.

Admiral Nimitz is quoted as having said that "We call a ship 'she' because it costs so much to keep her in paint and powder."

I've found another thing interesting. As soon as we speak of the union of a ship and her captain or a plane and her captain, she becomes "he." When pilots speak of each-other's aircraft, they always say "he." As in: "I don't want him to push back until that luggage cart is out of the way," or "He's at your 2:30." Even if the pilot is a woman. Same is true of ships.
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RE: "Genders" Of Aircraft Types

Thu Nov 06, 2008 8:27 pm

Wait isnt it bad luck to consider them as males? I used to have a car that me and my friends jokingly called Vincent...I hit a Deer with it and it was totaled (the deer survived =p)...call me superstitious...but,since that, I will consider any ship, plane, car, train, whatever Im going to be in or on or around as a he...their all girls, specially the Boeing ones who are the pretty girls of the skies...The only plane that has somehow given me some sort of a boy feel is the fokker 100...and I dont know why I feel that way...
 
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RE: "Genders" Of Aircraft Types

Sat Nov 08, 2008 3:52 am

I think they are all machines and are, therefore, without gender.
 
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RE: "Genders" Of Aircraft Types

Sat Nov 08, 2008 5:33 pm



Quoting PGNCS (Reply 24):
I think they are all machines and are, therefore, without gender.

Sir! You are applying logic and rational thought to a question which requires neither!

Any machine can be difficult or recalcitrant and may apparently defy commands in the face of logic.

Therefore any aircraft, (or car, boat, computer or even a SCADA system) is clearly female.

My (engineer) lady wife apparently endorses this.
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RE: "Genders" Of Aircraft Types

Tue Nov 11, 2008 2:36 pm

In my view

A340-300- female, very much like a supermodel. Catch her in the right livery at the right angle she looks amazing, catch on an off day you can see all the imperfecitons.

747- female, after all she is the queen of the skies

A320 family- male, computer geek type

777- metrosexual male, bit boring at first but then discovered fuselage extensions and raked wingtips and looks a hell of a lot better.

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