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zrs70
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Airliners with nicknames

Sun Nov 07, 2021 4:07 am

What airliners go with special nicknames?

Examples:

L1011 - Tristar
787 - Dreamliner
Constellation - Connie
747 - Queen
 
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Re: Airliners with nicknames

Sun Nov 07, 2021 4:45 am

"737 MAX screamliner"
747 Jumbojet
A380 Wahle
753 + 346 Pencil

All from my german perspective

1 is not like the others but should be
 
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Re: Airliners with nicknames

Sun Nov 07, 2021 6:08 am

Babybus
 
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Re: Airliners with nicknames

Sun Nov 07, 2021 6:25 am

Embraer E190/E170 the JungleJet?
 
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Re: Airliners with nicknames

Sun Nov 07, 2021 10:46 am

Wasn't the 727 known as the WhisperJet? Whispering might have been an exaggeration but it was relatively quiet for it's time, more than other competing aircraft.

And of course there was the MD-80 series "Mad Dog".
 
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Re: Airliners with nicknames

Sun Nov 07, 2021 10:52 am

PatrickZ80 wrote:
Wasn't the 727 known as the WhisperJet? Whispering might have been an exaggeration but it was relatively quiet for it's time, more than other competing aircraft.

And of course there was the MD-80 series "Mad Dog".



Called the ‘whisper jet’ as when it flew overhead everyone sounded like they were whispering
 
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Re: Airliners with nicknames

Sun Nov 07, 2021 2:58 pm

PatrickZ80 wrote:
Wasn't the 727 known as the WhisperJet? Whispering might have been an exaggeration but it was relatively quiet for it's time, more than other competing aircraft.

Whisperjet was specifically for the Eastern B727 and DC-9...

Also Whisperliner for the Eastern L-1011 and the rarer Whisperstar for the Eastern Jetstar...


Some previous Airliners.net threads with nicknames for both specific airline aircraft and more generic nicknames for an aircraft in general...

Who Remembers The Term "whisperjet"?
https://www.airliners.net/forum/viewtopic.php?t=259675

Plane Nicknames?
https://www.airliners.net/forum/viewtopic.php?t=228343
 
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Re: Airliners with nicknames

Sun Nov 07, 2021 8:34 pm

Lufthansa crews called their 737s "Bobby". The name came from the children's book "Bobby Boeing Spreads his Wings" (or "Bobby Boeing's Abenteuer" in the German translated version) that was written on behalf of Lufthansa during their involvement in the development of the 737. The booked introduced the 737 "Bobby" as the baby of the 707 and 727.
 
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Re: Airliners with nicknames

Sun Nov 07, 2021 9:03 pm

BAe 146 Jumbolino
 
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Re: Airliners with nicknames

Mon Nov 08, 2021 1:45 am

Not often used, but my favorite for the MD-80 was “ Long Beach Sewer Pipe.”
 
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Re: Airliners with nicknames

Mon Nov 08, 2021 3:40 am

I found this in another forum:

Fokker 70 = Baby Fokker
Fokker 100 = Mother Fokker
 
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Re: Airliners with nicknames

Mon Nov 08, 2021 5:38 am

DL_Mech wrote:
Not often used, but my favorite for the MD-80 was “ Long Beach Sewer Pipe.”
I've seen the Metroliner called the San Antonio Sewer Pipe.

I've (rarely) seen the MD-11 referred to as the "Mighty Dog"

AA had some aircraft branded as Luxury Liner, but I'm not sure which

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Re: Airliners with nicknames

Mon Nov 08, 2021 12:53 pm

classicjets wrote:
DL_Mech wrote:
AA had some aircraft branded as Luxury Liner, but I'm not sure which

LuxuryLiner titles were on the wide-body fleet with the aircraft type prefix:
B747,B747SP,B767

A300,MD-11

DC10 (Picture 1=prior to AA191 crash with DC10 prefix; Picture 2=After the AA191 crash the DC10 prefix was erased; Picture 3=DC10 prefix eventually replaced with American Airlines)


LuxuryJet titles were on the narrow-body fleet:
B707,B757


Also see the forum topic from a while back: American Removes LuxuryLiners And LuxuryJets
https://www.airliners.net/forum/viewtopic.php?t=582571
 
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Re: Airliners with nicknames

Thu Nov 11, 2021 5:33 am

Allegheny called their DC-9s, BAC-111s & 727s "Vista Jets". The original Piedmont Airlines referred to all of their aircraft as "Pacemakers," with specific names applied to each one. I remember flying on the "Ohio Valley Pacemaker" (Boeing 737) and the "Santee Pacemaker" (NAMC YS-11). Pan Am flew "Clippers", and "Clipper" was their official callsign. North Central referred to theirs as "Northliners". Northeast flew "Yellowbirds". And, before they were LuxuryLiners and LuxuryJets, American's jets were labelled "AstroJets".

Those are all that I can remember off the top of my head, and I'm sure that there are many more!
 
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Re: Airliners with nicknames

Wed Nov 17, 2021 11:18 pm

I've always liked calling the 717 the Angry Puppy (was once too new to be a Mad Dog), also seen the 135/145 series called the Barbie Funjet
 
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Re: Airliners with nicknames

Thu Nov 18, 2021 2:30 am

We have lots of nicknames for our planes at United. Offhand, the ones that come to mind:

737: Guppy
737-200: Thunder Guppy
747-200: Ropestart
747: Whale
757: Lady
767: Super Guppy
777: Triple
787: Sparky
Airbus: Fifi
 
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Re: Airliners with nicknames

Thu Nov 18, 2021 3:12 am

Would AA's "Super 80" fit the bill?
 
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Re: Airliners with nicknames

Thu Nov 18, 2021 9:09 pm

737-200 "Fat Albert"
YS-11 "Kamikaze" or "Yokohama Mama"
FH-227B "Not a Fokker"
767-200ER "Fatter Albert"
 
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Re: Airliners with nicknames

Thu Nov 18, 2021 9:13 pm

Puddle Jumper for the 19 seat or less prop planes
 
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Re: Airliners with nicknames

Fri Nov 19, 2021 7:40 am

N626AA wrote:
Would AA's "Super 80" fit the bill?


That was actually Douglas' original name for it. DC9 Super 80. The name change to MD-80 took place when MDC decided to include the McDonnell part in commercial planes.
 
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Re: Airliners with nicknames

Sat Nov 20, 2021 5:10 am

Tridents were known among BEA pilots as 'Gripper'
 
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Re: Airliners with nicknames

Sun Nov 21, 2021 5:01 am

In ACK (Nantucket), we used to call the Shorts 360 at Biz Ex "Skypig"
 
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Re: Airliners with nicknames

Thu Nov 25, 2021 10:11 am

Convair 440 was known as the "Metropolitan" in Sweden, don't know if it was a Convair marketing name that stuck or where else it came from. The "Metropolitan" name became the common name for it, it was decades later I learned it was the 440.

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