Pilot Callsigns

Callsigns starting with "E"

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Eagle

Arend "Eagle" Buren. Flew NF-5s, F-16s. and heavies (KDC-10 & AWACS) for the Royal Netherlands Air Force. Arend means "Eagle" in Dutch.

ECM

Enlisted Chick Magnet

Eeyore

Reminded CO of A.A. Milne's suicidal blue-grey stuffed donkey. Monotone on radios. Dour facial expressions. Sunny outlook in life.

Eight Ball

Originally I was Eagle, since I'm bald and have a large beak (nose). It was then revised to Golden Eagle since I hadn't pinned on 1st LT at that point. Then I was playing pool and doing rather well. Being bald it was proposed that I be called Cue Ball. That lasted until it took me 6 or 7 tries to sink the 8 to win the game. I'm now officially known as 8-Ball.

Elbos

Pilot's last name is Soble - Callsign is last name spelled backwards. Also, pilot used to run track in High School and didn't like to be passed.

Electroman

This guy was like electricity with the ladies: he took the path of least resistance.

Elf

LCDR was very short, barely tall enought to be a pilot.

Ellora

I had a habit of reading Erotica, and kept a few books with me. So the boys came up with Ellora named for Ellora's Caves. A place of ancient origin that told Erotic stories on the caves walls.

ElV0

Originally it was ElVo - like Elvis because of my hairstyle. Later chenged the 'o' to 0 (zero) due to my poor aim when shooting.

Elvis

This guy was always hard to find when you needed him, so when someone was looking for him, other people reported sightings ('I saw him over at the...').

Emu

I heard this one whilst at TLP...one of the first RAF Tornado pilots "earned" the monicker as another "ugly bird who can't fly"

EPU

For those unfortunate pilots who inadvertently fired their Emergency Power Unit on the ground.

EPU

Stands for it self. Just inadvertantly start it on the ground. Especially while the crew chief is walking by

Evil

When I got to my first PCS at Eglin AFB, I was staying up too late and always had dark rings under my eyes. Coupled with the fact that I have green eyes, everyone said I looked like the Evil Dead, so they started to call me Evil.

Exxon

In pilot training on his initial T-38 solo, this guy was so excited and in such a hurry that he kind of blew through the preflight. Once cleared for takeoff, he ran'em up and got the "mission complete light". The jet hadn't been refueled on the turn!!

Exxon

During my first TDY (1991) to Nellis I had gone out with the boys and got tore up from the floor up. The next day I was hung over like no-ones business and decided to take a nap in the shade under a bomb trailer full of MK-82's on the LOLA pad between go's. So as I am crawling under the trailer Combat Eddie (CE) was already under it with the dry heeves. I found me a cool spot and layed down and CE asked what my name was. I told him it was Valdez but he kept calling me "Gomez". After correcting him several times he finally said "VALDEZ!" like the oil tanker. I told him yeah thinking this old crusty bastard is so drunk that he cant even remember my name. The next breath out of his mouth was "EXXON! get the f%*k back to work and quit laying around." From that day on, Exxon has stuck with me.

EZ

After several long landings resulting in "overshoots", my very patient instructor made me try a longer runway. As it happened again, this time with him behind me, he quietly said in a low voice, "move out of the end zone and park it on the bench". The term "End-Zone" stuck with me through basic flight until graduation when it was shortened to "EZ".

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