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Old 23rd Jun 2021, 17:26
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On my time on UWAS everyone was given a nickname,don't think many stuck though, apart from one person who is still known by it today.
I worked with a chap who had always done something better than you and he became known as Elevenerife.
If you had been to Tenerife, he was bound to go one better.
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Old 23rd Jun 2021, 17:28
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Semtex - Because they were so volatile.
Whippet - Did everything at one pace, slow.
Village - They acted like the Village Idiot.

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Old 23rd Jun 2021, 17:29
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Originally Posted by sitigeltfel View Post
A radar tech known as "Norman". So called because of his massive hooter that went straight from the tip of his nose to his forehead without the bridge in between, resembling the helmet worn by medieval Normand soldiers. At times he would also be referred to as "Concorde"!
I went to school with a chap who also had a big hooter. Around 1980 he became known as Nimrod!
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Old 23rd Jun 2021, 19:30
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The erstwhile Group Captain at 2 FTS whose surname was the same as the maiden name of the next Queen was universally known as 'Pippa'. Apparently he hated it, which merely ensured its wider promulgation.
You can blame me for that! I christened 'Pippa-the-fat-navigator and ex-co pilot' with that name, because when one thought of the actual and very shapely Pippa (ooh, that dress...), the comment was "What an ar$e!". The same was said of P-t-f-n, but for an entirely different reason!
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Old 23rd Jun 2021, 19:31
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A certain exec in Norfolk was known as Janus. He once walked into the bar and found 2 pints waiting for him!
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Old 23rd Jun 2021, 20:02
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RN pilot Surname Hands, nickname Fingers!
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Old 23rd Jun 2021, 20:46
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Up into our middle teens, my brother and I thought our names were God Dammit and Jesus Christ.

It was aways "God Dammit, get out of the middle of the street" or "Jesus Christ, what the hell is wrong with you?"
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Old 23rd Jun 2021, 21:16
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My sister was disgusted when she found out we were calling her home town Cockermouth……. Knobagob
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Old 23rd Jun 2021, 21:25
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Bod. Beware of Fod? No, change the F to a B..
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Old 23rd Jun 2021, 22:14
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A certain AWACS rear crew person was known as "The Seagull" because in order to get them to fly you had to throw a brick at them....
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Old 23rd Jun 2021, 22:58
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Originally Posted by BEagle View Post
You can blame me for that! I christened 'Pippa-the-fat-navigator and ex-co pilot' with that name, because when one thought of the actual and very shapely Pippa (ooh, that dress...), the comment was "What an ar$e!".
A sentiment with which almost the entire VGS movement would have wholeheartedly agreed.
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Old 23rd Jun 2021, 23:33
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1. "Ten Plank" Thick as two short planks.

2. Surname "Marks", nickname "Teeth".
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Old 24th Jun 2021, 00:34
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Term for any suspect with a high opinion of themselves - FIGJAM - F*** I'm Good, Just Ask Me.
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Old 24th Jun 2021, 00:57
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I have merged four threads dating back to 2001, all with the same Thread Title. The early posts are well worth reading IMO 👍

Splot (another common RN nickname!)
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Old 24th Jun 2021, 01:02
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One of my dad's drinking mates had a prominent nose and protruding teeth, which gave him a profile like his nickname, "Multigrip".
Had a Colonel known as Ringo because of his long hair, a Captain known as Flash because he wasn't and another Captain called Noddy for reasons unknown.
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Old 24th Jun 2021, 12:41
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We nicknamed one poor soul 'Pico' ... after the PicoFarad (Unit of capacitance!)

...Because we were sure that's how his brain worked....1 thought...then you had to wait 10 minutes for it to charge up ready for the next!
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Old 24th Jun 2021, 13:17
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Some American ones that have stuck in my head:

TIKE - think I know everything
SPIN - shortest person in NATO
Mud Slide - had a 'physiological event' in the jet
Wedge - as in 'simplest tool in the box'
Sex - surname: Fraver
Coma - took red 'stop' pills instead of green 'go' pills on a CORONET EAST deployment
"Dopey", "Grumpy", "Doc", "Happy" etc.: names given the 'vertically challenged' initial cadre of F-15A instructor pilots who were collectively known as the Seven Dwarves
High Drag: had big ears
Getsno - not lucky with the ladies


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Old 24th Jun 2021, 13:24
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Heard of a Truckie co-pilot named Sledge - usually pulled by dogs!
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Old 24th Jun 2021, 13:26
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Aesthetically challenged female officer - Kwang, because that's the sound the shovel must have made.
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Old 24th Jun 2021, 14:17
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There is a post on Twitter showing a pic of Sqn Ldr L.G. Bastard rolling his Canberra B Mk6 over a very wintry looking Lincolnshire countryside in January 1956.

So the question is: what was his nickname?!

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