What Is Your Favorite Aircraft Nickname?

Introduction

Many airplanes acquire nicknames from one or more of their characteristics, an event, a form of entertainment (such as movies), or exist as part of the aircraft designation created by the manufacturer/operator.

Military aircraft are often given nicknames. These include Fighting Falcon/Viper (General Dynamics F-16), Raptor (Lockheed Martin F-22), Lancer/Bone (Rockwell B-1), and Fat Albert (Lockheed Martin C-130H).

Airliners have also obtained nicknames. For example, the Boeing 747 has earned the title “Queen of the Skies”.

A few interesting nicknames I have come across are Sasquatch (Boeing 777), Ferrari (Boeing 757), Sully’s Ark (Airbus A320), Flying Forehead (Airbus A380), Irish Concorde (Shorts 360), Concorde-Ski (Tupolev TU-144), Flying Speed Brake (Lockheed Constellation), and, my personal favorite, Nighthawk (Lockheed Martin F-117).

What is your favorite aircraft nickname?

I may be wrong about the reasons behind aircraft nicknames


Sources 1, 2, and 3 contain numerous nicknames, so check them out!

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Warning: Some bad language!

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Giraffe (752), pencil (753), Ferrari (all 75’s). As you can tell, the 757 is my fav aircraft lol

#ReworkThe757

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A350’s painted windshield frame - Raccoon, Bandit, Eyeliner

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My favorite has to be “Queen of the Skies”!

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Also known as the Black Mask

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Yes sir - all these nicknames allude to the black “mask” around the windshield.

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Definitely Beluga 🐳

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Yep I agree beluga. Nice topic Azure

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Thanks @Ur_Friendly_Approach

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Side note - my friend used to refer to the A380 as the “Chungus,” a reference to the Bugs Bunny meme.

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😂

You could also name it the Chungbus 380-800

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Well played!

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I like the Bandit (Private 763)
It’d be quite fitting on the A350 too.

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The C150: A go kart with a lawn mower on the front.

The DA-20: The glider with a built in ceiling fan.

The A380: Ugly

747: The queen

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My favorite is 100% Jumbolino for the Bae 146/AVRO rj family.
I’m an AVRO rj fan obviously.

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I love Hookers!

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Erm, xD, I guess that classifies as a nickname?

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You said Nicknames not actual names ;)

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The monster

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Boeing 737 - Baby Boeing


Boeing 757 - Ferrari


Boeing 767 - Slug


Boeing 777 - Sasquatch


Ford Tri-Motor - Tin Goose


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