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A400 Grizzly

Old 20th Jul 2010, 21:35
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A400 Grizzly

How long has the A400 been called the grizzly?

PPRuNe posters had come up with so many apt names, and then it is called Grizzly!
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Old 20th Jul 2010, 21:39
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I don't think that the Grizzly is the NATO codename for the A400....purely the name of the development aircraft.....Someone told me that Airbus were naming it the Grizzly....but only the Airbus Aircraft....

Named after Spidermans arch enemy.....?????


However.... Names stick
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Old 20th Jul 2010, 22:13
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Perhaps it's the noise that gives it the name - it came over my gaff on its way to Fairford after validating at Farnborough on Friday pm, and when I heard it approaching I had to go outside to look, as it just sounded "different" to anything else - more jet roar than turboprop drone, but definately a bit of both - something like a roar/growl??

And it was nipping along too - I get a lot of Q400's in the overhead here (Flybe's in and out of Southampton) and it looked noticeably quicker than those.
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Old 21st Jul 2010, 02:26
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So lets start a naming thread......Dave got its name here didn't it??

How about .......

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Marvin..............


Colin ................



Wayne............
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Old 21st Jul 2010, 05:48
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it came over my gaff on its way...... I heard it approaching I had to go outside to look, as it just sounded "different" to anything else - more jet roar than turboprop drone, but definately a bit of both - something like a roar/growl??
Sounds about right - they've been doing a lot of flight testing of the beast(s) over chez nous this summer and it's bleedin' noisy...it's no whispering giant
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Old 21st Jul 2010, 06:32
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The PR team at EADS must have been tasked to come up with a Gucci, ruffty-tufty name for the A400M which could then be 'leaked' as having come from the crew.

This is a multi //$ Bn contract - they are not going to let a little thing like the Branding go amiss, as it "muscles in" on the Herk and perhaps eyes the US marketplace.

My ideas:

Gaston...

Tamara...

Lindsay...
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Old 21st Jul 2010, 07:12
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Grizzly was the nickname given to the A400M by the flight test crew.

At Farnborough, there are yellow bear paw prints everywhere on the pavement, all leading towards the aircraft - you can 'Get up and close to a Grizzly'.

Yesterday's display was much more restrained than the ILA Berlin display, I thought. But it is certainly more 'jet' than 'turboprop' in sound. Pretty quiet most of the time - although the sideline noise on landing was quite significant.

Incidentally, I though the stupid 'Dave' nonsense dreamed up by spotters had died out... The same people who temed the Buccaneer 'The Brick' and who kept insisting that the F-4J(UK) was the 'Phantom F3'...
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Old 21st Jul 2010, 07:49
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The White Elephant?

The Ghost? When I see it in service I'll believe it.........

The Divorce? Half of what you wanted and it's hideously expensive.......
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Old 21st Jul 2010, 08:01
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Don't forget those who insist the strikemaster is the strikemouse (despite it saving British lives in action)
and that all UAV's are drones!
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Old 21st Jul 2010, 08:01
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I thought the USN's EA-18G community had the mortgage on 'Grizzly'....hope an A400M doesn't want to trap on a carrier anytime soon?!?!?!
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Old 21st Jul 2010, 08:11
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EA-18G is surely the 'Growler'?

Strikemaster has always been Strikemaster - only the 3 camouflaged JPs at Brawdy were somtimes nicknamed 'Strikemouse' because one of the earlier nicknames for the JP had been 'Mickey Mouse Jet' years earlier.

But drones are definitely drones.
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Old 21st Jul 2010, 09:02
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Its no longer the Dave BEags, the RN F-35 variant will be known as the Sea Noff.
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Old 21st Jul 2010, 10:12
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Since C-130's nickname is Fat Albert (taken from a Bill Cosby animated TV programme) perhaps another name from the show might be appropriate. I submit 'Weird Harold'.

Fat Albert and the Cosby Kids - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
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A few pics from rather Grizzly skies on Sunday at RIAT







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Old 21st Jul 2010, 14:40
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@ Rovertime

Great shots, Rovertime - More ????
Nice to see a transport pulling wing-tip trails (with a lot of help from the weather) and also the flight control angles - like the graded extension of the roll spoilers.
Thanks for posting !
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How much and how many...?

How much do these aircraft cost ?

I'm sure the trukkie fleet are looking forward to receiving them!!

How many do you think we will get...?

Will they cover all the roles expected?

Does the 'J' have the legs and the role equipment to fill the gap left by the retirement of the 'K'..?

So many questions....so few answers...

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