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Luxair747SP
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What is behind your username?

Mon Aug 08, 2016 6:25 pm

Hi guys,

Just had a thought why some members chose their usernames, there must be a reason behind it!
Mine I chose, because I was always fascinated of our local airline Luxair and how they operated a 74L to South Africa during the 80s.

What about yours?
 
sk736
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Re: What is behind your username?

Mon Aug 08, 2016 7:21 pm

I'd just flown on a SAS 737-600 when I joined - it seemed like a good idea at the time!
 
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AAlaxfan
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Re: What is behind your username?

Mon Aug 08, 2016 7:28 pm

American Airlines I my preferred airline and LAX is my favorite spotting airport here in Southern California. Nothing like a double-double with a side of A380.
My favorite airport is the one I'm flying to! :airplane:
 
Yflyer
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Re: What is behind your username?

Mon Aug 08, 2016 7:44 pm

In one sense it's kind of self explanatory. I do always fly in economy class. But the thing that actually prompted me to use that name was the post that prompted me to actually join. At the time there was a thread about how UA was eliminating free snacks in economy. Someone posted something along the lines of "The average Y flyer doesn't car about getting a small bag of pretzels. They just want the cheapest fare possible." I wanted to join and reply, saying "I consider myself an average Y flyer and I do care about that bag of pretzels." By the time my membership was approved I'd thought better of it, figuring my first post probably shouldn't be something quite so confrontational.

But I am happy UA has reintroduced snacks in economy. I'm looking forward to my stroopwafel next week. :)
 
VapourTrails
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Re: What is behind your username?

Tue Aug 09, 2016 3:23 am

I wanted something universal to aviation, and high altitude spotting is also one of my (aviation) hobbies. I can be mecurial by nature, but have never regretted my username. Didn't have any second options IIRC. Just as well it was not taken, although VaporTrails was - close one!

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n729pa
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Re: What is behind your username?

Tue Aug 09, 2016 7:13 am

N729PA was the plane I flew my first international flight on in 1986, an ex-SIA 747-212B flying for Pan Am, "Clipper Wild Wave" from LHR-SFO
I flew Pan Am five times N729PA, N751PA, N727PA, N730PA and N748PA, and always had a soft spot for them.

If I had to pick one now, it would probably be VH-OJQ as Qantas is my life long favourite carrier and JQ was my first flight on them, which I did after setting up my profile on airliners, hence the N729PA ID.
 
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N14AZ
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Re: What is behind your username?

Tue Aug 09, 2016 8:07 am

When planespotting in the 80'ies, you would see almost every month or sometimes even every week an new exotic B707-operator, typically doing sub-charters for LH Cargo or IB-Cargo.
N14AZ was my favorite rarity, I only saw her once in full cls in FRA.

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Hehe, I am now waiting for our member SexyAdonis to tell what's behind his username.... ;-)
 
Bluebird191
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Re: What is behind your username?

Tue Aug 09, 2016 8:13 am

Mine is one of my favourite routes by a favourite airline of mine, but it's now outdated which didn't stop me keeping it. Virgin Australia was previously known as Virgin Blue, their call sign was Bluebird, and the flight number 191 (was 4191 for a period) was on their BNE-POM route, which has now been superceeded by flight 189. BNE is my home airport, have got friends living in POM, and have flown the route twice, both with what was then Pacific Blue.
 
Boeing747Girl15
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Re: What is behind your username?

Tue Aug 09, 2016 10:17 am

I just love the boeing 747 of course! :)
 
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RRTrent
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Re: What is behind your username?

Tue Aug 09, 2016 10:50 am

I love the sound of rollers on spool up so. I actually think the RB-211 sounds a bit better than the trent, but the trent user name had a better ring to it so went with it.

And for anyone wondering about the picture? who wouldn't love a talking dog who drinks martinis.
 
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ams747757
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Re: What is behind your username?

Tue Aug 09, 2016 12:46 pm

My username is my initials, and then two of my favorite airplanes, the 747 and 757.
Picture is of my first 747 flight on LH from EWR-FRA in 2014 (A/C D-ABVH, now retired and scrapped).
 
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VS4ever
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Re: What is behind your username?

Tue Aug 09, 2016 12:59 pm

Interesting question, mine's fairly obvious, when i first joined this site 12 years ago, I was a massive VS fan, (still am to be fair) I'd flown with them a number of times LHR-SFO and loved every minute of it. At the time, much better than the equivalent BA version at least in coach, I was a fan for life after I got married, my mom sent a letter to VS about it and some of the background, to which on boarding and to our surprise, upper class flight attendents walk down the aisle with a glass of champagne for me and my wife... Not a big deal to VS, but a big deal for us (and some envious looks from our neighbors in coach).
That said, as you can see from my picture, if I was to start over, I'd probably have Jetblue somewhere in my name, i've grown to love this airline since my move to the US and have never really put a foot wrong, even that picture was helpfully taken by a Jetblue employee at BOS, again it's the little things. I'll always be VS4ever because I can't change the username, but there's a part of me that wishes i could change it to B64ever instead. But that's life... :)
That feeling when you sit at the end of a runway, brakes are released and the raw power takes over. Now that is a thing of beauty and it never gets old.
 
DesertAir
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Re: What is behind your username?

Tue Aug 09, 2016 1:21 pm

I became a member while living and working in Tucson, AZ. The Sonoran Desert was my inspiration for my username.
 
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ish2dachoppa
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Re: What is behind your username?

Tue Aug 09, 2016 1:26 pm

Its a play on the semi-famous Arnold Swhartzenegger line from the first Predator movie "Get to the choppa", combined with the fact of me being in the helicopter world since 1991, and the beginning letters of my last name.
 
dfwjim1
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Re: What is behind your username?

Tue Aug 09, 2016 1:59 pm

I choose mine when I was living close to the DFW airport; I have since moved to South Florida but I have (of course) kept the user name.
 
BA2037
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Re: What is behind your username?

Tue Aug 09, 2016 2:16 pm

The flight number on my username just happened to be my first ever flight. All the way back in 1987 from LGW - MCO. Believe that must have been a 747 back then, but I'm unsure if 100 or 200 series.
A: A319-AC, UA, U2. A320-BA, VS, U2. A321-AC. A330-AC, VS. B: 738-UA. 739ER-UA. 742- BA, VS. 747SP-UA. 744-VS. 763ER-UA. 764ER-UA. 772ER-UA. 77L-AC. 77W-AC. 788-UA. 789-AC. BBD/DHC: CRJ200-ZX. Dash 8-300-QK. Q400-BE. MD: DC10-UA. Lockheed: L1011-KT
 
Eagle15
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Re: What is behind your username?

Tue Aug 09, 2016 3:19 pm

My favorite fighter! :D
 
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767333ER
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Re: What is behind your username?

Tue Aug 09, 2016 3:55 pm

I like Air Canada and I love the 767 so 767-333ER, but of course I had to drop the "-".
Been on: 732 733 734 73G 738 752 763 A319 A320 A321 CRJ CR7 CRA/CR9 E145 E175 E190 F28 MD-82 MD-83 C172R C172S P2006T PA-28-180

2 ears for spatial hearing, 2 eyes for depth perception, 2 ears for balance... How did Boeing think 1 sensor was good enough?!
 
ORDSpotter7
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Re: What is behind your username?

Tue Aug 09, 2016 4:00 pm

Take a guess :)
 
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vhtje
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Re: What is behind your username?

Tue Aug 09, 2016 6:19 pm

Mine are my initials. Although I did fly on 'Kookaburra' on numerous occasions, and in both TN and QF livery.
I only turn left when boarding aircraft. Well, mostly. All right, sometimes. OH OKAY - rarely.
 
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redzeppelin
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Re: What is behind your username?

Tue Aug 09, 2016 7:14 pm

Mine is the nickname given to me by my high school football coach. He was inspired by my hair color ...and the band. The aviation connection is a nice coincidence.
 
PI4EVER
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Re: What is behind your username?

Tue Aug 09, 2016 8:51 pm

To salute my 20 year career at Piedmont Airlines and how grateful I will always be that someone gave me the chance to live my dream in aviation.
I was blessed with a 32 year career in the airline industry, and the special bond I made in the industry remains today. It was the first "true love" of
my life, and I thank a Manager at National Airport in Washington for giving a skinny 22 year old just discharged military geek the start for a joyful and successful career.
watch what you want. you may get it.
 
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angusjt
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Re: What is behind your username?

Wed Aug 10, 2016 3:28 am

Angus - My first name (obvious)
JT - My last two initials

I also considered all kinds of other names like
AJT717 - Favourite plane and initials
AJTQFA - Favourite Airline and initials
AJT - I think I tried to make this my name but it was either too short or already taken
AJT_PER - I wanted to incorporate my home airport into my name but I think underscores in names look a bit ugly
Darwin - Perth - Sydney
 
AirbusA6
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Re: What is behind your username?

Wed Aug 10, 2016 12:07 pm

Mine is named after the airport bus to Stansted airport, which was the "Airbus A6" at the time (so nothing to do with the products of Toulouse!) as it passes through where I live.

Sadly the operator changed, and the route is now the National Express A6, making my user name defunct :-)
it's the bus to stansted (now renamed National Express a6 to ruin my username)
 
IPFreely
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Re: What is behind your username?

Wed Aug 10, 2016 8:14 pm

Mine was earned at Oktoberfest in Munich.
 
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novak500
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Re: What is behind your username?

Wed Aug 10, 2016 10:08 pm

I was looking for something generic I could use on any website/forum so I used my last name and add 500 to it, If you see novak500 in another forum it's probably me.
 
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bombayduck
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Re: What is behind your username?

Wed Aug 10, 2016 10:12 pm

Mine is from Indian food, but I have never tried bombayduck, which is a fish not a duck. But sometimes I Drink like a fish
 
tennis69
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Re: What is behind your username?

Thu Aug 11, 2016 2:37 pm

Mine is fairly obvious. Tennis and 69 are my favorite pastimes.
 
skane340
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Re: What is behind your username?

Fri Aug 12, 2016 8:45 am

skane340... I used to work at SAAB assembling the landing gear of the Saab 340. Skåne is the region in Sweden where I am resident.
 
seat64k
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Re: What is behind your username?

Fri Aug 12, 2016 12:36 pm

While living in London and travelling frequently with VS, I had one flight where the only available window seat in Y was in the last row on the A340-600. I've only ever heard bad things about the last row, but in the case of VS' A346 the seats recline fully, there's no one kicking your seat back, and I like being able to chuck my shoes behind my seat, so I have a bit of extra foot space. The proximity to the loo doesn't bother me, since I tend to take a window seat. The only real downside is that food service usually starts in the front, so some times the options are a bit diminished by the time it gets to me.

I think it was seat 64A on that occasion, but since most of my return flights land early in the morning, so in a west bound direction, I like to sit on the right-hand side to catch the view of central London. So seat 64k it is.
 
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ER757
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Re: What is behind your username?

Fri Aug 12, 2016 4:01 pm

Mine is named after the first aircraft in our fleet that I saw painted in the current livery. It's also the 1/100 scale model I got on my 25th anniversary at the company
 
jetstar
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Re: What is behind your username?

Sun Aug 14, 2016 12:31 am

I picked for my user name the airplane that I loved the most to work on and fly, the 4 engine Lockheed JetStar.

Designed by Kelly Johnson, the famed designer for Lockheed’s skunk works, built by the same people and at the same Lockheed factory where the C-130, C-141 and C-5 military cargo airplanes were built.

Made a lot of noise, burned a lot of fuel, did not have transcontinental range which required fuel stops (corrected with the re-engining and the JetStar 2 programs), but it rode like a limousine, crosswind landings were a snap and landings were smooth, no need to flare, just hold back pressure on the control yoke when you brought the throttles back to idle.

Engine out, no problem, you got 3 more turning, generator off line, no problem you had 3 more and was even certified to fly with 3 generators. The JetStar did not even have a yaw damper in case of an engine shutdown on takeoff, easily handled with rudder pressure until you could adjust the rudder trim.

For those who do not know what the JetStar looks like I have attached this photo.

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This photo means a lot to me because it is the second JetStar I worked on as the director of maintenance and flew as a first officer for over 3 years in the early 1980’s, ending it’s days in a parking lot in Mexico before being eventually scrapped. Serial number 5089, the 89th JetStar built was ordered and delivered to Ford Motor Company in Detroit in 1966 along with 2 other JetStar’s, their level of maintenance was top notch and because of it we didn’t have any of the corrosion problems many other JetStar had.

The JetStar was ahead of its time when it was designed in the late 1950’s, entering service in 1962, it was the first mass produced corporate jet on the market and literally started the corporate business jet industry

I could go on and on about the JetStar, which is why I have posted many times about my time on the airplane.

JetStar
 
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Carp12c
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Re: What is behind your username?

Sun Aug 14, 2016 12:57 am

Carp is the first four letters of my last name and the 12 is just a random number. Don't really know why.
 
Kent350787
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Re: What is behind your username?

Sun Aug 14, 2016 8:22 am

My name, and I was very sick of Airbus/Boeing wars when I joined many years ago.
S340/J31/146-300/F27/F50/Nord 262/Q100/200/E195/733/734/738/744/762/763/77W/788/789/320/321/332/333/345/359
 
Austin787
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Re: What is behind your username?

Mon Aug 15, 2016 3:41 am

Austin = my home town
787 = My home town's first overseas flight, BA AUS-LHR, launched using a Boeing 787.
 
717atOGG
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Re: What is behind your username?

Mon Aug 15, 2016 9:04 pm

Well, when I joined I had just taken a trip to Hawaii with my parents on HA with the routing SEA-HNL-OGG-SEA with HNL-OGG on a 717. Therefore, 717atOGG. Also, I laughed so hard when I learned that some people got usernames from masturbation and public urination!! :lol:
A320/321, A332, 712, 73G/8/9ER, 744, 752/3, E145, E175, CR9
 
coolian2
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Re: What is behind your username?

Mon Aug 15, 2016 11:34 pm

My brother picked my username for flightsim.com back in ~1998. When I joined the MSN Gaming Zone (remember that!) it said coolian was taken, so I put a 2 on the end.

Good story though.
Q300/ATR72-600/737-200/-300/-400/-700/-800/A320/767-200/-300/757-200/777-300ER/
747-200/-300/-400/ER/A340-300/A380-800/MD-83/-88/CRJ-700/-900
 
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727tiger
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Re: What is behind your username?

Tue Aug 16, 2016 4:56 pm

My first flight was on a BI 727-200 from MKC-DAL, and I fell in love with it. I'm a proud alum of the University of Missouri, hence the "Tiger" portion of my user name.
 
opticalilyushin
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Re: What is behind your username?

Tue Aug 16, 2016 8:35 pm

Some of these stories are brilliant :) Mine seemed quite funny, and I like flying on Ilyushins.
 
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cougar15
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Re: What is behind your username?

Sat Aug 20, 2016 9:11 pm

Use to work on high speed pax ferries in australia, many moons ago before getting into aviation & eventually ending up in europe. started working on the ´cougar´ as a junior deckhand way back when I was 15, hence.....
some you lose, others you can´t win!
 
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eastafspot
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Re: What is behind your username?

Sat Aug 20, 2016 11:40 pm

In many (if not all) African francophone countries, you usually take the 2-3 first letters of something then put together and you get, a username in my case or, a civil service or a business name.

ex: Mineduc (available in Rwanda and DR of Congo for instance) = Ministère de l'Education = Ministry of Education.

so, for myself EAST AFrican SPOTter as i used to travel back and forth to Eastern Africa at the time i joined Airliners.net. :)
Fly with Air Burundi, Air Tanzania, Golden Wings Aviation, Kenya Airways, RwandAir and Uganda Airlines...Jumuiya ya Afrika mashariki !
 
YYZSpotter1991
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Re: What is behind your username?

Sun Aug 21, 2016 4:09 am

I'm based at YYZ and I like watching planes departing and arriving at that airport (it's been some time since I filmed them though). 1991's my birth year.
Toronto-based flyer since 1997
 
ooslc
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Re: What is behind your username?

Mon Aug 22, 2016 3:34 am

Well, when I joined I worked for OO in SLC. Now I don't work for an airline anymore and based in PDX.
    Ironically, I don't work for OO anymore, and I'm not in SLC anymore. PDX based, aviation enthusiast, non-aviation worker.
 
PDX757
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Re: What is behind your username?

Mon Aug 22, 2016 6:48 am

PDX is my home airport and the 757 is my favorite type! I hate picking user names and that one was pretty easy for a.net
In retrospect I could have used the callsign for the pa-28 I flew for hundreds of hours: griffin 14
 
usflyer123
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Re: What is behind your username?

Mon Aug 22, 2016 7:22 pm

im a fan of US Airways, and well 123 was just because usflyer wasnt available...
for most people the sky is the limit. for those who love aviation, the sky is home...
 
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coronado
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Re: What is behind your username?

Mon Aug 22, 2016 8:05 pm

First jet flight in 1965 was on a VARIG Convair 990 which similarly to Swissair, they added the moniker 'Coronado'. Although when I signed up I was tempted to use something like SuperH or L1049 which was the first flight I remember clearly, on board a REAL Aerovias Constellation from Sao Paulo to Miami. I was told that I had been on earlier flight when I was not quite 3 on board a Saab Scandia, but I would be lying if I say I remember it. Before my first jet flight flight on the Convair I do remember a handful of other flights usually between CGH and SDU but those was mostly all operated by DC3 and DC4 aircraft and the Viscount. OK that was a turboprop so technically a jet, but it did not feel like a jet because it had those pesky propellers.
The Original Coronado: First CV jet flights RG CV 990 July 1965; DL CV 880 July 1965; Spantax CV990 Feb 1973
 
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LH748
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Re: What is behind your username?

Wed Aug 24, 2016 12:32 am

The 747 is my absolute favorite airliner and one of the nicest and memorable flights I ever took was LH418 from FRA to IAD with a 747-8. Lufthansa is not necessarily my favorite airline but I love them for taking good care of their 747-400s and for ordering the 747-8. Also, my (former) home airport is FRA so there is some connection to LH anyway.

This thread is a great idea. Some usernames are super obvious but getting to know some more details about other fellow members is nice.
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SRQKEF
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Re: What is behind your username?

Wed Aug 24, 2016 12:56 pm

My family has a house down in Sarasota, so I fly between here and Florida around 2-3 times a year. SRQ is the code for Sarasota and KEF for Keflavik, hence the SRQKEF username.
Nothing compares to taking off in an empty 757 with full thrust!
 
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TWA772LR
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Re: What is behind your username?

Wed Aug 24, 2016 2:24 pm

TWA was the airline that intrigued me as a kid, especially with their last livery. My favorite plane is the 777-200LR for its combination of asthetics and range. Hence the mashup!
When wasn't America great?


The thoughts and opinions shared under this username are mine and are not influenced by my employer.
 
Turbofanfan
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Re: What is behind your username?

Wed Aug 24, 2016 4:53 pm

I like engineering and aerodynamics, and I couldn't get the Can Can music out of my head when I signed up.

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