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Old 14th Sep 2015, 01:11
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Question Aircraft Slang Names

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Over the years, I've heard several slang terms for different aircraft types, I'm not sure whether these names are limited to the enthusiast community or if they get used by the industry as well? I'd like to compile a list, here are the ones I'm aware of, feel free to throw some others in to the mix:

Boeing 737 "pig"
McDonnell Douglas MD-11 (and / or DC-10) "scud"
Embraer ERJ-135/140/145 "Jungle Jet" (also heard "bullet" and "dart")
Boeing 747 "lump"
Airbus A380 "whale"
McDonnell Douglas MD-80 (and / or DC-9) "mad dog"
anything with a CFM engine "hair dryer"

Don't know the stories behind some of these nicknames or if I'm spelling some of them correct, but I find these names quite fascinating and would like to learn more about them!
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Old 14th Sep 2015, 01:16
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The B-737-600 has been called the "The Pig" at certain airlines, otherwise the 737 family is known as the "FLUF"

The MD-80= "Long Beach Lawn Dart"

Bunch of names for all types. This could be a long thread...

As for the 747 being called "lump"? Nah, never heard that, been around them for ages and heard it all.
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Old 14th Sep 2015, 04:24
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Aircraft Slang Names

Pretty sure I see this query come up annually. Have you tried the search function already?
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Old 14th Sep 2015, 06:55
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Embraer 135/145 = Barbie jet

Short SD330/360 = Shed

Those are the only two I know.
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Old 14th Sep 2015, 07:24
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Spotter slang for 737 was 'Pig' right back to the 100/200 series - IIRC only Lufthansa flew the 100 in Europe.

A well as 'Jungle Jet' I've heard the Embraer 135/145 referred to as the Sao Paolo Sewer Pipe'.
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I flew the "budgie" (HS748) and we usually beat the "stick insect" (757) to the runway from the same distance out and 10000 feet.

I also flew the "death jet" (DC10) and the "iron duck" (VC10).

Trident was the "ground gripper" and I've heard the Tristar called the "tritanic".
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I'd forgotten 748/budgie (though I think that was applied to machines too) and the 757's resemblance to a stick insect or praying mantis.
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Was the Short Skyvan ever known as a budgie? This Aifix Magazine advert from the 1970s has always stuck in my mind:

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The Skyvan was the other machine I had in mind. I'm sure there was a Budgie thread on here quite recently but I can't find it right now.
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Old 14th Sep 2015, 08:28
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Originally Posted by Dash8driver1312 View Post
Pretty sure I see this query come up annually. Have you tried the search function already?
Yes, it was done to death in this thread, among others:

http://www.pprune.org/biz-jets-ag-fl...nicknames.html
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Old 14th Sep 2015, 08:48
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As for the 747 being called "lump"? Nah, never heard that, been around them for ages and heard it all.
Obviously not Tower Dog The "lump" was used mainly by British planespotters for quite a while.
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Boeing 737 "pig"
McDonnell Douglas MD-11 (and / or DC-10) "scud"
Embraer ERJ-135/140/145 "Jungle Jet" (also heard "bullet" and "dart")
Boeing 747 "lump"
Airbus A380 "whale"
McDonnell Douglas MD-80 (and / or DC-9) "mad dog"
anything with a CFM engine "hair dryer"
Thirty five years in the industry and the only one I recognise there is The A380/Whale.

Here's a few well known around our place.

A380-Fuglybus

Concorde-Bent Nail

ATP-Avros Taking the P**s

B787-Nightmareliner/Screamliner
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Concorde - Pocket Rocket

Any light/GA aeroplane - Twitcher or Clockwork Mouse.
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. Obviously not Tower Dog The "lump" was used mainly by British planespotters for quite a while.
Aha, that explains it: Neither British, nor a plane spotter.
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Aha, that explains it: Neither British, nor a plane spotter
You haven't lived life to the full then
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From the previous thread, to save time:

A10: Warthog
A319: Microbus
A320: MiniBus, NintendoJet, ScareBus, Chainsaw, Deathjet, Freddie Kruegers wet dream, Toulouse Grasscutter, The Strimmer
(What's the difference between an A320 and a beaver? 4000 trees per hour.)
A320 is known as 'The John Wayne' Because they 'Chop down trees, move mountains and kill Indians!!'
A380: Double Decker Bus, Megabus ("super-jumbo" is stupid and unoriginal)
Alouette: Chicken chaser
AT6 Harvard: Halfard.
AW62 Argosy: Whistling Wheelbarrow, Whistling Tit
BAC 111:Pocket rocket.
BAe146: Viscount 900, Smurfjet with 5 APU's, The Gas Chamber, Bumble-et, Baby Jumbo, Bring Another Engine, 1-4-Sick, submarine- low slow and out of sight, Airborne Auschwitz, Tonka Toy, 4 oil leaks connected by an electrical fault, The Quadra-Puff, Lead Sled, Mini Galaxy, Sky Dozer, Fisher Price 747, "1 aeroplane, 4 engines, needs 6", The Slug, Toxic Terror, Muffler (Because all the noise is on the inside), Fruit Bat, Flying cockroach.
BAe ATP: Advanced/Another Technical Problem, The Parrot (cos it's just a big Budgie), Ancient Technology Perpetuated, Bat Pee, Skoda, 80p, Wigwam (A TeePee).
BAe Harrier: Leapin'Heap
BAe Jetstream: Junkstream, Wetdream, Soda-stream.
Bristol Beaufighter: Whispering Death
Beech 18: Flying snag
Beech 99: 99-Liner
Beech Baron: Ball tearer
Beech Bonanza: Doctor killer (its reputation as such is ubiquitous)
Beech 200: Super K
Beech 1900: Flipper, Dolphin, Stonefish
Beech T-34: Radial Interceptor
Bell 206: Deathranger, Hydraulic palmtree
Beverly: Flying Longhouse
Bristol 188: The Mayfly
Bristol Britannia: The Whispering Giant (Was this the original WG?), Freighter version: The Whispering Warehouse
Bristol Freighter: Freightener
B707: Slush bucket, Water wagon
B727: 3 holer, Tri-jet, Trisaurus, Triple crome-plated stovepipe
B737: Tin mouse, Maggot, Pocket Rocket Socket, FLUF (Fat Little Ugly F**cker), Light Twin, Baby Boeing, Fat Freddy, Guppy, Pig, Bobby (BOeing BaBY).
B747: Jumbo Jet, Whale, The Valiant, Upstairs and Downstairs, Lump.
B747SP: Short Plane, Stupid Purchase.
B757: Stick Insect, AtariFerrari, Slippery Snake
B767: Dumpster, Slug
B777: B737 on steroids, Cripple Seven (I.F.E. Problems??), Bigfoot
B24: The Crystal Shithouse
B52: BUMF (Big Ugly Mother f***er) or BUFF. (Big Ugly Fat F****er)
BN 2 Islander: 225 - 2 wings, 2 engines(?) 5 Wheels, Slander, Bongo
BN 2A Trislander: Try Harder, Bloody Nice Aircraft (!), Clockwork TriStar
CA-15 Winjeel: The Ginwheel
Casa: Christ A Sh***y Aeroplane
Cessna 150: One Filthy, the buck and a half, Cesspit
Cessna A150 Aerobat: Aerosplat
Cessna 172 Cutlass: Strutless, Gutless
Cessna 177 Cardinal: The Pontif
Cessna 207: Crowdkiller, Slug, Moneymaker
Cessna 210 Centurian: Coffin
Cessna 337 Sky Master: Sky Maggot, Push-me-Pull-you, Mix Master, Bug Smasher, Push-me-Pull-me, Blow-me-Suck-me.
Cessna 402 Utiliner: Undyliner.
Cessna Citation: Levitation, Crustacean, Mutation, Slowtation, Nearjet, Bugjet
CF100: The Lead Sled
CT-4A: (which was painted bright yellow and green in Oz Air Farce service) - the Plastic Parrot
DC 3: Dakotasaurus Rex, Gooney Bird.
DC 6: Douglasaurus Rex.
DC-8: DC Late, Old Smokey, Greasy8, Death Cruiser, Whiney Bird
DC 9: Greasy 9, Diesel 9, Pocket Rocket (series 10/15 only), DC3-GT
DC 10: Diesel 10, Death Cruiser 10, Crowd Killer
MD 11: More Death 2, I also like 'Scud' for the MD-11, once you launched it, you were not sure were it was going to land.
DH 82 Tiger Moth: Terror Moth.
DH Comet: Vomit
DHC 1 Chipmonk: Chippie, Chukmonk.
DHC 4 Caribou: The Gravel Truck ("The only aircraft known to man that could suffer a birdstrike from behind".)
DHC 6 Twin Otter: Tin Otter, Twin Rotter, Twotter, Stoneboat
DHC 8 Dash Eight: Dash Late
DO 328: Dork
DO 328J: Dorkjet
EMB110 Bandierante: Bandit, Randy Banty
EMB120 Brasillia: Garbage Can, Brakillya
EMB145: Jungle Jet, Barbie Jet, The Windows 98 Plane (seems like you spend more time rebooting the aircraft than actually flying it), Bendy Jet, Emb180 (taxi to the runway, then 180 for taxi back to ramp)
F27: The Dutch Dog Whistle, Whistle Pig, The Converter - (ie, it converted fuel into noise). F50: F**kin' Fifty
F28: WhisperJet
Fokker 100: The Scud Because they point them at Europe and they don't come back!, Dutch Oven (lousy air conditioning)
FA 18: Bug, Rhino
F-100 Hun
F-102 Deuce
F-105 The Thud
F-111: Aardvark, The Pig
Fouga: Dog-whistle, Converter
HS125: Pocket rocket
HS748: Paraffin Budgie, the Draggie, The Twenty Ton Dog Whistle.
HS Trident: Rodent.
Gloster Meteor: Meatbox
Gulfstream I: G-String, G-Once
Gulfstream IV: Fourskin
IAI Westwind: Lead Sled, Jew Canoe, Heebjet, Bagel Bomber, Yom Kippur Clipper
Katana DA20: Flying sperm
Lake Amphibian: Doctor Killer
LearJet: FearJet, Noisemaker
L Jetstar: Lawn Dart
L1011 TriStar: Bistar (Had so many RB211-22B failures), El-10-Elemon, FrightStar, Tritanic, Swamp Eater, Swamp Buggy
C130 Hercules: Fat Albert, Trash hauler, Herkybird
MD 11: Mad Dog
MD 80: Mad Dog 80
MD 95: John Holmes condom
Metroliner: San-Antonio sewerpipe, Texas Sewer Pipe, Death pencil, The Screamin Weenie, Texas Lawn Dart, Swetro (in the summer), Baltimore Whore (no visible means of support, skinny lil 'ol wings), Terror Tube, "That noisy ******* thing", Widow maker, Kerosene Crowbar.
Mohawk 298/Nord 262: Pteradactyl
MU-2: Widow Maker, Hiroshima Screamer, Rice Rocket, Kill You - 2
N24 Nomad: Go-mad, Gonad
Partenavia: Part-of-Mafia, Partial Aviator, Part Banana
PA-18 Tri Pacer: Pie Chaser
PA-23 Aztec: Az-Truck
PA-28 Arrow: Sparrow
PA-28 Cherokee: Cherry Tree
PA-28 Warrior: Worrier
PA-31 Navajo: Never-go, Have-a-go
PA-38 Tomahawk: Traumahawk, Terrahawk, SpinMaster
PA-44 Seminole: Semenhole
PA-60: ScareOstar.
PC12: Platypus.
PBY 5 Catalina: Pigboat, Dumbo.
RJ70/100: Real Jet
SAAB J29: Flying Barrel
S3 Viking: Hoover
Shackleton: Shacklecaster
Shorts Belfast: Belslug
Shorts Sandringham: The Triple Decker Bus
Shorts Skyvan: The Whispering Nissan Hut
Shorts 330: The Two Tailed Shed, Horse Float, Milk Carton, Winnebago, Box Car, Short Van
Shorts 360: Box, Shoe Box, Barn, Shed, Long Short, The box that the Skyvan came in.
Sikorsky S61N: "Miss Piggy", (fat and ugly)
Strikemaster: Constant speed - variable noise machine.
Supermarine Stranraer: Whistling Shithouse
T-33: T Bird
T-37: Tweet
TB-10 Tobago: Toboggan - because they only perform downhill!
VC-9 Vanguard: Vickers Vibrator
VC-9 Vanguard Merchantman: The Guards Van
VC-10: Iron Duck, Vickers Knickers
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ATP's were always called Skoda's when I worked on them. Most of the BMA staff where unaware of the name until Bish sent out a memo saying they were not to be called that, then everyone did!

737-200's were Scuds and 500's were pocket rockets.

TU154's were 24hr bombers.

74's were always lumps.

330's and 360's were Sheds.

Metroliners were Death Tubes.

Can't remember any others that haven't already been mentioned.
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I recall hearing people refer to the B747SP as the 'Super Pig' on account of it's shape and super performance.


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After Gulf war B737-200 known as the Scud - you never knew when and where it was going to come down
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Aha, that explains it: Neither British, nor a plane spotter
You haven't lived life to the full then
Not too late, I could still quit my flying gig, buy the anorak and seek asylum in the U.K.
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