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Aircraft Slang Names

Old 14th Sep 2015, 14:44
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Yes, we referred to our B737-200s and second hand 500s as scuds because we were never certain where they would actually land.

The B757 was the flying snake. Very obvious if you wondered to the rear galley on a positioning flight. See the flight deck door and now you don't, see it again and off it goes to the right this time. Amazing flexibility.

The B747 is simply the Queen of the skys.

The BAE 146/RJ100s were hair dryers.

NB, forgot to mention the dear old B767 which was referred to, unfairly, as the coal burner.
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Old 14th Sep 2015, 15:23
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We refer to the Embraer 175/195 as "kneeshine" due to the horrendous textured carpets in the hold!

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Old 14th Sep 2015, 17:32
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Ref the long list posted by DaveReidUK. One error. It wasn't the Beverley that was the flying longhouse. It was Bristol's finest helicopter the Belvedere. Just take a look at it and place it among the natives in Malaysia/Borneo.
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Old 14th Sep 2015, 17:47
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Embraer 170/190 also known as wombles to British spotters as they cleaned up the market
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Old 14th Sep 2015, 23:03
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The 380 is known as an intimate piece of female anatomy beginning with 'V'. The reasoning behind this is that the 380 is not very much to look at from the outside but it's pleasant after you have entered.

It is also referred to as the Dugong, which is a large marine mammal.
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Old 14th Sep 2015, 23:38
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"Screamliner" has caught on amongst a few of my colleagues after they had a few 787s divert with electrical issues early on.

There was a very unflattering name I heard comparing the A340s shocking climb performance to a certain dysfunction, I can't remember the exact phrasing so I won't ruin it by trying.

I always thought the 757 was the scud, because of it's low level climb performance.
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Old 15th Sep 2015, 01:12
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At least around Boeing, the 737-100 was known as "Fat Albert" (after a certain Bill Cosby character).

How in the world did the 767 get known as "Coal Burner"?
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Old 15th Sep 2015, 01:38
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Before my time TD but I would guess because it was so slow compared to other long haul jets when it first arrived (747, DC10, L1011 and DC8), and as such was seen as backward (far from it in reality).

It's still known as the slug by a few of my colleagues.
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Old 15th Sep 2015, 10:01
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Another one just come back to me, 747SP's were Sleepy Pilots due to the range.
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Old 15th Sep 2015, 10:01
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CL-44 The Edsel.
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Old 15th Sep 2015, 11:23
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Shorts 330/360 I knew as the Irish Concord
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Old 15th Sep 2015, 17:06
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I've heard the 787 referred to as a firebird or Phoenix.
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Old 15th Sep 2015, 22:47
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Within the only UK airline to fly them, the A380 is apparently known as the [email protected] magnet. Don't know why though.
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Old 16th Sep 2015, 08:19
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D E Style

Best laugh I have had for ages,It has not changed since I left 21 years ago
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Old 18th Sep 2015, 09:51
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The Ilyushin Il-62 known as the VCtenski for obvious reasons.
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Old 21st Sep 2015, 08:06
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ATP - Skoda

"ATP's were always called Skoda's when I worked on them."

I once flew from LHR to LBA on a BM ATP and looking out of the window some wag had written SKODA in the dust on the black panel behind the engine

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Old 24th Sep 2015, 19:55
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I'm sure I've seen the SD 330 and 360 referred to in print as the Shoebox and Super Shoebox, respectively.
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Old 24th Sep 2015, 23:56
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They sure got this one correct.

MU-2: Widow Maker, Hiroshima Screamer, Rice Rocket, Kill You - 2
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Old 25th Sep 2015, 00:20
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Years ago, a mate who was in the freight-forwarding business used to hitch a ride in MU-2s on the run between Sydney and Perth, W.A.

He'd ensconce himself in amongst the cargo with thermos, sangers and sleeping-bag for free trips to and from the other side of the continent to see his family on weekends.

If only he knew...
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Old 25th Sep 2015, 01:31
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Surprised the F4 hasn't come up yet. 'Double Ugly' or 'Duff', a ref to the B52 but meaning 'Double ugly fat f*****.'
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