Pilot Callsigns

Callsigns starting with "G"

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Giggles

Female pilot, also known as "gigs" always laughed in formation. Not necissarily laughing at anything in particular, just laughed.

Gilligan

He was a suck-up to the CO from the day he checked in to his first fleet squadron. Gilligan was the "Skipper's little buddy." [Ed. note: from the TV show "Gilligan's Island"]

Guano

My last name is pronounced along the lines of "bat sh*t" which led to bat sh*t crazy"... My Chief wouldn't let them call me "bat sh*t" so they decided on a pc version.

G Man

Typical multi faceted call sign story started out with the CO making fun of the fact I always used my middle intital, which was G. Then as flight school progressed, and comparisons were made on the number of G's that were sustained during training exercises, mine were always among the highest, even when the exercise did not warrant such extreme maneuvers. The name G Man stuck and became my call sign.

G11

Pronounced "Gee eleven" but written as G11. Pilot of Italian decent. Last name was a "G" followed by eleven letters and seldom, if ever, pronounced correctly.

GABBBOY

While TDY to Tyndall I had a string of 13 Ground Aborts in a row. Hence the name Ground Abort Bit!@ Boy (GABBBOY.) I complained about it every day during the TDY hence the 3rd B. Thanks Rude Dawg.

GABBE

Got A$$ Beat By Enlisted. Officer who had one too many at the enlisted club and decided to butt in on someone elses date. Pronounced Gabby.

Gadget

In pilot training I got named Gadget because I usually carried in my flight kit all the items my crew mates didn't, such as plotters, color pencils, calculator, ... , kleenex, aspirins, snacks, etc.

Game

Last name is Cox, and was stationed in South Carolina, so it worked out perfectly.

Gameshow

Before becoming a demonstration pilot in the T-6A, I spent two years as the team's airshow narrator. In trying to keep up with the other "colorful" narrators out there, I really played up the speaking and was told by my crew chiefs that "if the flying gig doesn't work out for you, you'll always be ready to work as a gameshow host". The other pilots heard it, and there it stuck. Even though my last name is Rambo, I still ended up with Gameshow.

Gangsta

During IRAQI FREEDOM our OG demanded quiet in the mission planning cell during pre-takeoff briefs. This went on for several weeks and with each turn he got more and more frustrated by the interruptions until one day he'd had enough, stopped the briefing, and summarily fired the chief planner and then threatened similar actions for the rest of us. Someone later said he looked just like Al Capone. One of our life support troops overheard that and said, "yeah, he's a real gangsta." It stuck.

GANTT

One night out having dinner with some buddies, they decided to rag me about my dating style. At the time I had a different date every time they saw me out, which was a lot. To defend myself, I took a paper napkin and drew a GANTT chart to illustrate the complexities of my dating lifestyle, and to hopefully vindicate myself in the process (I was a business major in college). I put the initials of the guys I dated on the Y-axis and the months of the year on the X-axis. When I was finished drawing the bars on the graph, four of them overlapped. From then on I was known as GANTT.

Garad

People who always have the right answer and the smartest of everybody

Gargoyle

Couldn't keep his booze

Gasm

a guy at TopGun in 92, LT 'Gasm' Orr

GATOR

Was TDY to Nellis and he was arrested by the SP's for throwing beer bottles in the urinal - so gator stands for Got Arrested Trashing O-club Restroom.

Gator

Guy was a huge University of Florida fan.

Gator

We were TDY in Florida and always hung at this sports bar called Gators Dockside. The bar had two stuffed gators, one up on it's back legs and tail like it was jumpin outa the water the other was on all fours on the ground with its mouth open. One night after a long round of drinkin my buddy told me to wrestle the gator so thinkin he meant the one standing up I ran full speed at that joker not knowing it was very secure to the floor. I bounced so hard off that thing I flew back five feet and hit a table knockin all their drinks to the floor. After apologizing to the manager and buyin several rounds for the table behind us my buddy informed me he meant the bastard gator on the floor. Name stuck ever since.

GBIT

Get Back In The; Female Pilot; Last Name "Kitchen"

Gear Down

Shouldn't be too hard to figure out. My sign is a reminder not to forget a little detail I once missed in the simulator. Thanks Buddies.

Gene

S-3 Aviator ... last name: Simmons

Genesis

His name is Phil Collins, so it was an obvious choice when the time came to name him.

Gerbil

New Panton flight doc in the mid-80s. Kadena had just gone through their little homo pilot incident and the 67th Fighting Cocks were at the Kun supporting the Fiend's ORI. Cock flight doc just happened to visit the Panton doc while he was assessing a patient with a rectal foreign body. The patient was a crew chief and the FO was inanimate but by the time the story got back to the LPA and the 10% rule was applied, it was all over for the flight doc who forever more became Gerbil.

Getsno

Last name Love...

Ghandi

'Mark 'Ghandi' Hebein, he was called so because he once rain to a little field of hot, burning ash barefooted! It was to compare him with Mahatma Ghandi.....'Ghandi, the firewalker!' You might know that is a sort of ritual in India to cross a field of ash barefooted to show that man can withstand pain.'

Ghost

last name was Casper

Ghost

Always had a bad habit of coming out of nowhere and scaring the crap out of everybody. Several references were made at how I could pass through walls and just materalize without a sound, and my very pale skin, so several people started calling me a "ghost" and the name stuck.

Ghost

I threw out my back while lifting weights three days before my naming. Stands for "Gets Hurt On Squat Training".

Ghost

Last name Buster

Gilfer

Think milf

Glory

Last name Hole

Golf Course

In training I ended up with a really bad haircut and no time to get it fixed before inspection. It looked rough with little patches of bald spots which someone said looked like the greens of a golf course. It took forever and tons of free drinks to get it changed to Killer Wolf.

GOLI

Dubbed by the dedicated men I commanded in the mid 70's! I frequently used the phrase "You Gotta Love It" which abbreviated was GoLI, thus the name! Eventually turning into Col GOLI...Great Memories...

Gonzo

Squadron Commander in Korea. The guy had a huge hooked nose like the Muppet, "The Great Gonzo"...

Goose

He slipped on large bird shit in Korea, when he arose, he said to the girls, take me to bed or lose me forever. he had too much soju. It later stuck when it was discovered he was a back seater in F-4s like Goose from top gun....except that he lived and retired after 24 yrs in Fighters.

Gopher

Used to be in the special forces and spent lots and lots of time under ground....

Gorbachev

This guy was taking off the CSD/ADG door, cause he dropped a chip detector and couldn't find it, and he didn't leave any screws in the door to keep it steady. Well one of the screws got stuck up under the jet and he went to get it unstuck....well it popped out and then gravity took over. The door came down and it caught him off guard and it slapped him in the forehead. One of the screws cut into his forehead and caused about an inch gash. Then somebody mentioned that it reminded him of Mikhail Gorbachev. And that's how he got that name.

Gottahave

Last name: Morehead

Govie

Had sex in a government vehicle and was caught by my squadmates.

Grabber

Flight Doc. Enough said.

Grass

We had a female in my last squadron... callsign Grass. It was a combination of Great and a$$.

GRAT

My name's THYS... I was initially called TYSON, but it sounded "too cool" to my instructors. So they named me GRAT for grat-thys, or gratis, like "for free". I think it must be one of the stupidest plays on words ever, but it ended up sticking.

Greyer

Ok, I'm just a paraglider pilot, here in Hungary, and didn't even my pilot fellas give me the nickname but it is because I'm still 19 and my hair is getting grey... I know it sucks, but at least sounds great.

GriffDog

Anyone in our squadron who had to answer the call of nature (number 2) while flying got "Dog" appended to their callsign

GRIMM

A man that looks like death, without the knife and all.

Grizzly

Very unpublicized prank involving a tranquilized bear and the mess. You can figure it out for yourself.

Groucho

After Groucho Marx!

Grumpy

Not a morning person, and not too tall either. One of Snowwhite's seven dwarfs.

Gucci

The guy was quite drunk in a bar, met a girl and subsequently vomited....in her designer purse. Apparently it was a Gucci purse.

GULP

It's a FSX callsign but bear with me. I was training a student how to fly and land the F-18. On the second or third lesson, he landed gear up. Hence GULP (Gear up Landing Pilot). Now most people would only make that mistake once, however on the final checkride (after a dual engine failure) he forgot to drop the gear again. Earning him the callsign GULP.

Gunslinger

I once had my 9mm go off on base, not fun!

Gweed

A lot of young "sticks" ran out to spend their new found wealth on mag wheels, stereos, cameras, etc. I had an affinity for civilian Italian styled clothes. Guess that made me appear as a miniture mobster of some sort. My buds began calling me Guido that was later shorten to Gweed. After Fighter Lead-In school, I loved the call "Gweed's got the lead." Great also during a game of CRUD.

Other callsigns

Garbage, Gibber, Gigs, Glance, Goatman, Gobbler, Gold, Gonzo, Goody, Googoo, Gooher, Gordog, Gozur, Gramps, Grin, Gringo, Grit, Grits, Griz, Gruv, Guido, Gums, Gun One, Gunner, Guns, GusHall, ...