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"Easter Eggs" On Airliners?

Sun Jun 04, 2006 6:17 am

For those who don't know what an Easter Egg is, see here: http://www.eeggs.com/faq.html

Has anyone seen any kind of egg on an airliner? On the EICAS, FMC, etc?

What about messages scribbled in some structural part of the aircraft itself, possibly by a person that worked in constructing the airplane (i.e. Jon Doe built this elevator!)? Has anybody seen construction workers sign their names on a new aircraft?

Just a random thought I had today  Cool
 
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RE: "Easter Eggs" On Airliners?

Sun Jun 04, 2006 6:33 am

Quoting FLY2HMO (Thread starter):
scribbled in some structural part of the aircraft itself

The bag pits are often terribly graffitized. Rude, even obscene messages to bagsmashers at other stations are not uncommon. Insults directed at those in management tasked with removing/preventing these messages have been known to occur.

One west-coast airline even had employees painting star-and-ball designs like the 'tween-wars US insignia on 737 hubcaps. Another, the subject of a merger found a smile being painted on the post-merger airplanes. (see if you can figure out who I mean by that)

But easter eggs in software are pretty unlikely because the programs are extremely condensed and the computers are tiny. Last I heard, an FMC computer might be 512MB. Won't support much beyond its databases and really lean program code.

Oh, once upon a time there was porn hidden away in various secret locations on the flight deck. Maybe one airline actually took to coating the dzus screws with some kind of compound to try to find the culprits who were putting it there. Or maybe I am making that part up.

I'm not telling.
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RE: "Easter Eggs" On Airliners?

Sun Jun 04, 2006 6:45 am

Quoting SlamClick (Reply 1):
But easter eggs in software are pretty unlikely because the programs are extremely condensed and the computers are tiny. Last I heard, an FMC computer might be 512MB. Won't support much beyond its databases and really lean program code.

That and the fact that it's fairly critical for safety.
 
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RE: "Easter Eggs" On Airliners?

Sun Jun 04, 2006 6:45 am

Quoting SlamClick (Reply 1):
the subject of a merger found a smile being painted on the post-merger airplanes. (see if you can figure out who I mean by that)

After that merger we very quickly merged with a southern airline too.
The hardest part about merging the three pilot groups was getting the smiley pilots to wear socks, getting the southern pilots to wear shoes, and getting our pilots to say thank you. Big grin

I've found various messages written in fuel tanks and other hard to reach places. The most famous message at our airline is from the 80's and early 90's. "OOT SUCKS" is written on the space shuttle and on both Air Force One 747's. Not to mention just about every other plane and hangar out there.
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RE: "Easter Eggs" On Airliners?

Sun Jun 04, 2006 7:02 am

We have one that has made it beyond the confines of our airplanes and facilities. It has reportedly been seen written on various local landmarks on six continents. I can't divulge what it says here lest the moderators send me off to my room. Let's just say it's a short phrase regarding the sexual orientation of a certain AMT.

Quoting SlamClick (Reply 1):
Oh, once upon a time there was porn hidden away in various secret locations on the flight deck.

...longing for the good ole days.  Wink

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RE: "Easter Eggs" On Airliners?

Sun Jun 04, 2006 7:49 am

Quoting Fokker Lover (Reply 3):
The hardest part about merging the three pilot groups was getting the smiley pilots to wear socks

The reason that is difficult is because wearing loafers with no socks is a Chesapeake Bay thing, not a west coast thing. You were targeting the wrong pilot group!  Smile

(Seriously, I don't know anyone on the west coast who dresses like that but everyone I know from DelMarVa does.)

Getting the west coast pilots to cinch up their ties so their pukka shells don't show might be another matter.
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RE: "Easter Eggs" On Airliners?

Sun Jun 04, 2006 10:12 am

On the gear doors of our aircraft is written "Ryback is Gay" in the grease and dirt. I have no idea who Ryback is, nor his/her sexual orientation .... but his/her name sure is common on the underside of our aircraft.
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RE: "Easter Eggs" On Airliners?

Sun Jun 04, 2006 12:03 pm

Quoting Fokker Lover (Reply 3):
OOT SUCKS

Pardon my ignorance, but what do they mean by OOT?
 
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RE: "Easter Eggs" On Airliners?

Sun Jun 04, 2006 12:29 pm

Back when I was at tech school, one of the training aircraft, on which we would learn to rig flight controls, had messages scribbled on the sidewalls of the "hell hole" from every student who had worked on that aircraft at the school. All the messages where dated and signed by each person, Some of them dating back to the early 50's.

One of the best messages I've ever seen was written inside of a fuel tank on a 727. I opened the tank to repair a fuel leak, and found that it had been previously repaired in that spot by the previous operator of that airframe, and written on the ceiling of the tank with arrows pointing towards the repair patch was the carryover note from the afternoon shift guy to the day shift guy. "All the rest that you "expletive" see, you better get some work done in here by the time I come back tommorow you lazy sack of "expletive". The best part was he actually signed it with his name and dated it.
 
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RE: "Easter Eggs" On Airliners?

Sun Jun 04, 2006 12:48 pm

Political campaigning at its finest!  bigthumbsup 



For the most part, our bins are rather clean and graffiti is kept to a minimum. But there are a few folks in the system that like to leave their mark in the bins of every aircraft they work. Isn't that right, "Homer"??
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RE: "Easter Eggs" On Airliners?

Sun Jun 04, 2006 9:42 pm

Quoting FLY2HMO (Reply 7):
Pardon my ignorance, but what do they mean by OOT?

Oot was a mechanic. Once while flying jumpseat, he spent the entire flight telling the pilot how to do his job. The result was all of us being banned from the jumpseat for several years. That's when he started to appear everywhere you looked. That now includes the internet.
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RE: "Easter Eggs" On Airliners?

Mon Jun 05, 2006 12:23 am

Sad that Employees of an Airline damage the Company they Work for.
Not seen such Writing out here,but there have been causes of the Infamous Paan stains on some Aircraft of the Carriers out here.
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RE: "Easter Eggs" On Airliners?

Mon Jun 05, 2006 1:14 am

Quoting Fokker Lover (Reply 10):
Once while flying jumpseat, he spent the entire flight telling the pilot how to do his job.

Jeez, what a retard lol  Yeah sure Big grin

Quoting Silver1SWA (Reply 9):
Political campaigning at its finest!

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RE: "Easter Eggs" On Airliners?

Mon Jun 05, 2006 2:17 am

Anyone that has worked AA aircraft remember Ricky Rock Rat? Are new ones being found?
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RE: "Easter Eggs" On Airliners?

Mon Jun 05, 2006 4:18 am

When software has to pass through quality ensurance, easter eggs are pretty much a goner. The people checking the code will come down on any piece of code which is not to specification... and I think you'd have a hard time certifying something which has a hidden pac man game in the specs.

Much for the same reason, the easter eggs are not present in the later versions of microsoft products. They had to be verified if they were to be allowed to be used by some government function - and the easter eggs were gone.

Edit: That being said, there are hidden menus in some FMCs which can be accessed if you know the right key combination to press. They are for configuration purposes though.

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RE: "Easter Eggs" On Airliners?

Mon Jun 05, 2006 3:40 pm

Quoting FLY2HMO (Thread starter):
What about messages scribbled in some structural part of the aircraft itself, possibly by a person that worked in constructing the airplane (i.e. Jon Doe built this elevator!)? Has anybody seen construction workers sign their names on a new aircraft?

Pretty common in US military aircraft. From military mechanics, not the production workers.
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RE: "Easter Eggs" On Airliners?

Mon Jun 05, 2006 8:22 pm

Quoting Dl757md (Reply 4):
We have one that has made it beyond the confines of our airplanes and facilities. It has reportedly been seen written on various local landmarks on six continents. I can't divulge what it says here lest the moderators send me off to my room. Let's just say it's a short phrase regarding the sexual orientation of a certain AMT.

I know of what you speak. I've actually had the individual pointed out to me.

While at the Oshkosh Fly-In several years ago I visited with the guys who pulled a P-38 Lightning out of the ice (Greenland or Iceland, I don’t remember which) and had plans to restore it. The plane was in a big tent and was basically broken down into large subassemblies. They showed me the inner skin of one of the tail booms and you could clearly read a note that a Lockheed employee had written when the plane was built. It was basically told Japanese Admiral Yamamoto which orifice he could stick the plane up.

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RE: "Easter Eggs" On Airliners?

Sun Sep 30, 2007 8:50 pm

If anyone is in row 14 on a B6 JungleJet190, right side, look for a post it with a small note written on wedged between the life vest and the seat cushion. I used to fly them a lot so I'd leave myself and coworkers notes as a joke and they never seem to get removed!
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RE: "Easter Eggs" On Airliners?

Mon Oct 01, 2007 1:45 am

Bin graphitti is the best....some very colorful stuff in there.

Tons of messages from one station to another "CVG, learn how to stack", "Chris the stackmaster gone stacked it again"

Or insults "XXXXX in XXX is gay", or general racism.

Or the always welcomed management insults "Hey Leo, you may have ATL fooled but the rest of us aren't f***in idiots"

Dont know why I remember all of these but it was certainly entertaining reading them all back in my ramp days....some were downright funny.



Seen "I hate my wife" written in more than one cockpit...

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RE: "Easter Eggs" On Airliners?

Mon Oct 01, 2007 2:12 am

On our birds we have this guy I think in CLT who draws a picture of a cross between an Arab and a Jew and below it he writes you've been Haseemed. Than there is Coneman says comments. I actually check out the bins on some of my birds sometimes just for the laugh.
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RE: "Easter Eggs" On Airliners?

Mon Oct 01, 2007 6:15 am

Step into an RJ bin at ASA the the walls is COVERED in it. From "ATL SUCKS!!!", "MCN CAN"T STACK BAGS", "IT'S HOT IN HERE", "ASA SUCKS ASS", "GO GATORS", everything you can think of. The funniest thing I ever saw was in ship 922. It seemed like these two guys, one from CHO and the other from ATL was having a back and forth conversation. Quite a few lines down. Also, on one of our ATRs (cant remember ship number) there is a little happy face drawn on the nose cone in black marker.
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RE: "Easter Eggs" On Airliners?

Mon Oct 01, 2007 7:14 am

I luv it: A post about nothing but fun. As far as the porn goes it's still there, you just have to know where to look. Also there are notes written all over internal bays. When doing major mods, I have signed my work, usually with a greasy finger. It doesn't stay there forever but it stays until someone else opens up the panel wipes it off and writes his own message. Remember the old "Kilroy was here" or in the U.K. "Foo was here" graffiti?

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RE: "Easter Eggs" On Airliners?

Thu Oct 11, 2007 12:01 am

Quoting N710PS (Reply 19):
On our birds we have this guy I think in CLT who draws a picture of a cross between an Arab and a Jew and below it he writes you've been Haseemed. Than there is Coneman says comments. I actually check out the bins on some of my birds sometimes just for the laugh.

I remember seeing those a few years ago, can't believe they are still around. always good for a laugh, though.
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RE: "Easter Eggs" On Airliners?

Thu Oct 11, 2007 9:58 am

In our non-union airline, union stickers are quite common in the cockpit and the holds, even if our base chief pilot is trying to remove them wherever he sees them. And the usual loader graffity in the cargo holds.

The porn obviously migrated from the cockpit panels into the flight bags of the pilots (at least some I know).

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RE: "Easter Eggs" On Airliners?

Thu Oct 11, 2007 3:33 pm

I remember after the mechanic strike at NW some years ago, I would always see "Die Scabs Die" written in grease on engine nacelles, tires, you name it.

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RE: "Easter Eggs" On Airliners?

Fri Oct 12, 2007 4:55 am

The fuel panels were also common places for graffiti to appear. In fact, I would draw a little character (which is the inspiration for my user name) on most NW panels (inside, not on the exterior surface, of course). There was a lot of back-and-forth between MSP and DTW fuelers back then. I remember back in 1991, during the World Series between the Twins and Braves, every flight I would service that went to ATL would leave with a Xerox copy of a Homer Hanky taped to the inside of the fuel panel (both NW and DL). I remember seeing a tomahawk made out of cardboard tubing come out of the forward cargo hold of a DL 727 one day. It was pretty big, and the DL ramp crew had to angle it pretty well to get it out of the hold. Fun stuff, and it was all the better when the Twins won.
 
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RE: "Easter Eggs" On Airliners?

Fri Oct 12, 2007 8:43 am

Quoting 737tdi (Reply 21):
I have signed my work, usually with a greasy finger.

As long as it not someone from Mx using a lead pencil to write on Al structure.
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