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Old 26th Sep 2015, 16:12
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In the troubled past of NI we had the company of Muppet and Wugga ( Wessex and Chinook ). The former because of its head-on likeness to the character Beaker and the latter due to its approach noise, heard for miles ahead.

Gazelles were usually just 'Gaz' but occasionally 'Drumstick' ( why?! ).

I don't remember any nicknames for Lynx or Puma, presumably those were short enough not to merit contraction.
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Old 26th Sep 2015, 16:27
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Old 26th Sep 2015, 17:48
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Originally Posted by El Bunto View Post
Gazelles were usually just 'Gaz' but occasionally 'Drumstick' ( why?! ).
Think chicken, rather than Dave Grohl, and it will make sense.
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Old 26th Sep 2015, 18:36
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Old 26th Sep 2015, 19:46
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Always knew the 330 as Shed and 360 as Super shed. A couple of names for Dan Airs first two 146's Hatfield Trash (G-BKHT) and Mechanical Nightmare (G-BKMN).

1-11-200 Pocket Rocket.

Shakelton and Shorts Belfast 40,000 rivets flying in formation.

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Old 26th Sep 2015, 19:46
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Having spotted this thread belatedly (see what I did there ) I have to say "lump" for the 747 is a new one on me, even though I flew the thing for the best part of 20 years. Unlike Tower Dog I am a Brit, and a (lapsed) spotter but never heard the nickname once.

Then again I guess there might be alternative words for spotters that don't cross the boundary fence....

As for the F-4 - sometimes referred to as the "Rhino".
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Old 26th Sep 2015, 21:15
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Smaller Citations (C25A/B/C, C525, C550 etc) known as "Nearjets", because they are considered nearly a jet. Plenty of controllers have been caught out expecting them to climb like a Gulfstream. Heard an interesting story about a C525 being outclimbed by a Dornier 328 off an intersecting runway almost leading to a loss of separation from a colleague a few years ago, he turned the Nearjet back almost 180 degrees to cross the departure path of the Dornier below, expected it to climb way faster than it did....

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Old 27th Sep 2015, 06:52
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Think chicken, rather than Dave Grohl, and it will make sense.
Doh! Thank you for solving that particular ( decades-old ) mystery! I actually groaned when I read that, it seems so obvious now.

One other that occurred to me this morning was 'Mouse' for the AAC Sioux. Though they weren't anything as quiet as mice, clattering overhead...

'Robbo' for anything in the Robinson helicopter brochure. 'That Bloody Robbo Again' after a couple of hours of spotting.

'Belslow' occasionally encountered from ex-service personnel for the Belfast though the Shorts people I know boringly just called it 'Belfast' or 'her'.

'Bag' reportedly for RN Sea King AEW but I never encountered that one personally.

'Tiff' and 'Tiffie' rather unimaginatively for Typhoon.
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Old 27th Sep 2015, 07:34
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'Belslow' occasionally encountered from ex-service personnel for the Belfast
Reminds me of a story, possibly apocryphal, of a Belfast on a long ocean leg to parts East. Upon making radio contact with the next zone controller they were asked what their ETA was. 'About five days with a good tide' was the laconic reply.

Light aircraft of the Piper/Cessna range are invariably known as Spamcans or Driller Killers. Driller being dentists.

Not a nickname but I'm reminded of the old Buccaneer joke,

'Where are my Buccaneers?'

'On the side of your Buccin' head sir.'
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Old 29th Sep 2015, 05:41
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Old 29th Sep 2015, 06:52
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Gazelle = drumstick: hadn't heard that one before, perfect!
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Old 29th Sep 2015, 15:55
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757-300 = Flying Pencil
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Old 29th Sep 2015, 17:13
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The Swearingen-Fairchild Metroliner has prior claim to that moniker.


BTW, I'd also heard it called, by an unimpressed pax, 'an economy-size toothpaste tube'.
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Old 29th Sep 2015, 17:38
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In German-speaking Europe, the Metroliner carried the not-too-flattering name of "Angströhre", loosely translated as "pipe of fear", which doubles as an old slang name for a stovepipe hat that seems to have been associated with unpopular situations.
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Old 29th Sep 2015, 21:34
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Another for the 787, 'Doomliner'.
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Old 29th Sep 2015, 22:31
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Lady L,
The Swearingen-Fairchild Metroliner has prior claim to that moniker.
Dornier 17 was an early claimant on that moniker..
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Old 30th Sep 2015, 03:27
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You're right, now that I think about it, treadi.


BTW, which aircraft got the wonderfully evocative nickname - 'shagbat'?
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Old 30th Sep 2015, 06:07
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The B-26 Marauder was know by two nicknames.
'Murderer' and 'The Baltimore whore' due to its short wings, ie no visible means of support.
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Old 30th Sep 2015, 07:16
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BTW, which aircraft got the wonderfully evocative nickname - 'shagbat'?
Shagbat is the Walrus as I recall... Wonder if the Dick Melton restoration will ever fly...
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Vampire - Clockwork* Mouse


* Apparently due to the timing mechanism for engine start(?)
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