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Bae 146 Nickname

Tue Nov 20, 2018 5:21 pm

Does anyone know why the Bae 146 was nicknamed "Jumbolino"?
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Re: Bae 146 Nickname

Tue Nov 20, 2018 5:32 pm

426Shadow wrote:
Does anyone know why the Bae 146 was nicknamed "Jumbolino"?


JUMBOLINO, a name given by former Crossair pilots to the aircraft that has the character of a 747 but the size of a 735 - The Avro RJ.
 
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Re: Bae 146 Nickname

Tue Nov 20, 2018 5:36 pm

stratosphere wrote:
426Shadow wrote:
Does anyone know why the Bae 146 was nicknamed "Jumbolino"?


JUMBOLINO, a name given by former Crossair pilots to the aircraft that has the character of a 747 but the size of a 735 - The Avro RJ.



So Jumbolino basically means "Mini Jumbo"? Besides the fact that it had 4 engines which so did the A340, I don't understand the similarity.

The 146 was "Underpowered" was it not? 747's as far as I know weren't.
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Re: Bae 146 Nickname

Tue Nov 20, 2018 5:51 pm

As far as I remember the name was initially not given by the pilots but by Crossair itself as a marketing idea. They also called the Saab 2000 "Concordino", however "Jumbolino" was more succesful.
This was the official sticker:
https://i.ebayimg.com/images/g/6G8AAOSw ... -l1600.jpg
With the google search terms "crossair concordino sticker" you find also the corresponding Saab 2000 pictures.
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Re: Bae 146 Nickname

Tue Nov 20, 2018 6:14 pm

426Shadow wrote:
The 146 was "Underpowered" was it not? 747's as far as I know weren't.


A Good Story.
But:
Take of run for the heaviest version below 5100'

T/W ( all engines ) .288 vs .278 for the 747-400

The GTF engines were rather low noise though.
IMU the 4 engine design grew out of limited thrust of engines
that at the time stayed below desired noise levels.
Thus a Quad.
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Re: Bae 146 Nickname

Tue Nov 20, 2018 10:14 pm

From another source....

BAe146:
Viscount 900
Smurfjet with 5 APU's
The Gas Chamber
Bumble-et
Baby JumboBring Another Engine
1-4-Sick
Submarine- low slow and out of sight
Airborne Auschwitz
Tonka Toy
4 oil leaks connected by an electrical fault, The Quadra-Puff
Lead Sled
Mini Galaxy
Sky Dozer
Fisher Price 747
"1 aeroplane, 4 engines, needs 6"
The Slug
Toxic Terror
Muffler (Because all the noise is on the inside)
Fruit Bat
Flying cockroach
Dungbeetle
Jump Jet
The SUV of RJs
Jumbolino
Aluminum Buffalo
Four hairdryers in close formation
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Re: Bae 146 Nickname

Tue Nov 20, 2018 11:29 pm

The joke about the BAe146 was: BAE- Bring Another Engine
In reference to its poor engine reliability.
 
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Re: Bae 146 Nickname

Tue Nov 20, 2018 11:59 pm

426Shadow wrote:
stratosphere wrote:
426Shadow wrote:
Does anyone know why the Bae 146 was nicknamed "Jumbolino"?


JUMBOLINO, a name given by former Crossair pilots to the aircraft that has the character of a 747 but the size of a 735 - The Avro RJ.



So Jumbolino basically means "Mini Jumbo"? Besides the fact that it had 4 engines which so did the A340, I don't understand the similarity.

The 146 was "Underpowered" was it not? 747's as far as I know weren't.


As mentioned, marketing...

I think we can safely assume that marketing knew about as little about the technical aspects of the plane as the flying public.

A bit like calling the 787 "Dreamliner". Does it have anything to do with the flying characteristics? No. Does a proportion of the traveling public knot that Boeing makes the "Dreamliner"? Yes. Would these same people be as entranced by the moniker Boeing 787? No.

Brand recognition achieved. Job done.
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Re: Bae 146 Nickname

Wed Nov 21, 2018 12:48 am

Jumbolino and Quadrapuff are the BAe146 nicknames that stick in my head...
Someone also called it the PentAPU... 5 APUs...
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Re: Bae 146 Nickname

Wed Nov 21, 2018 1:03 am

I remember them as Puffjet or Hairdryer

There was also a pun from the '80s; why does the 146 have four engines? Because there isn't room on one for six.
 
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Re: Bae 146 Nickname

Wed Nov 21, 2018 1:53 am

Yaw'll killing me with these names lol. The Mini-Galaxy is probably the most accurate out of all of them.


@Starlionblue: Makes sense from a marketing standpoint, kind of like "4 engines 4 long haul". And just like that in retrospect it's kind of silly.
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Re: Bae 146 Nickname

Wed Nov 21, 2018 3:04 am

426Shadow wrote:
Yaw'll killing me with these names lol. The Mini-Galaxy is probably the most accurate out of all of them.


@Starlionblue: Makes sense from a marketing standpoint, kind of like "4 engines 4 long haul". And just like that in retrospect it's kind of silly.


Silly indeed. But all marketing tends to be silly for industry insiders and enthusiasts.
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Re: Bae 146 Nickname

Wed Nov 21, 2018 9:09 am

426Shadow wrote:
Yaw'll killing me with these names lol. The Mini-Galaxy is probably the most accurate out of all of them.


@Starlionblue: Makes sense from a marketing standpoint, kind of like "4 engines 4 long haul". And just like that in retrospect it's kind of silly.


Jumbolino :: Dumbo :
Image
I'd guess this was the image PR wanted to conjure up with customers.
and it works. :-)
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Re: Bae 146 Nickname

Wed Nov 21, 2018 3:16 pm

The only nickname I ever heard for the 146 was "Smurf-jet."
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Re: Bae 146 Nickname

Wed Nov 21, 2018 5:22 pm

426Shadow wrote:
The Mini-Galaxy is probably the most accurate out of all of them.


I've heard them referred to as 'Mini-Lifters', after the C-141 Starlifter. As it is, two recent RAF display flights over London (and over my house) had a C-17 followed very closely by a 746, with the latter looking very much like a 'mini-me'.
 
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Re: Bae 146 Nickname

Thu Nov 22, 2018 6:58 am

"Can someone explain the name 146 to me?"
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