Pilot Callsigns

Callsigns starting with "R"

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Razor

Fellow pilot who always made the sharpest turns and sharpest manoeuvers in combat training.

Rebound

Sim-aviator. Has been in so many rebound relationships that the name stuck. As a double entendre, it is believed that his plane must be made of rubber, since he hasn't figured out landing... yet.

Rhino

Big guy with a huge pimple on his nose, the spot went, the nickname did not

Ruble

Original callsign was dollar. He embarrassed the entire fighter pilot community by ACTIVELY competing for the "most eligible bachelor" award for some girly magazine. (Instead of just being a fighter pilot and doing what bachelor fighter pilots do.....) So he was emergency renamed to the lowest form of monetary currency--the ruble.

Rabbit

I was a late-rated guy - spent my first few years as a Security Forces officer...so named after the rookie cop in Super Troopers...couple that with the fact that my wife and I had three children separated by 27 months - no twins - so you can imagine the rabbit comparison.

Radar

I got tagged with this by my MTI in basic. He said I looked like Radar from M.A.S.H. and having the name Walter didn't help. Oddly enough it followed me wherever I was assigned with me saying a word.

Rage

Synonomous with the dudes last name, but trying to take down your 6'4" 230lb WIC IP Operations Officer on your naming night doesn't hurt either.

Rain Man

One night in a drunken stupor he urinated on his passed out buddy.

Rambo

Skinniest guy in the squadron

RAMROD

Involved an unfortunate encounter with an unlucky civi female... I learned that there IS such a thing as too much. (thought up by my staff members long before the super troopers film)

Ranger

Guy in my squadron that was from the city and never camped outdoors.

Rattler

Guy was a FAMU grad, so it just worked out naturally...

Rattler

While at flight school, Miramar California "Fighter Town" I decided to visit the desert with some buddies. Lo and behold while walking, out of nowhere comes this mean diamondback rattle snake. He missed me but I had the s*** scared out of me. From that day on that was my call sign.

Raven

In dog-fight training, I always came in and picked off my team mate's target, after he had been trying to get a lock-on for some time. Hence the name "Raven."

RB

"Ricky Bobby" An F-18 driver who landed with the parking brakes set. The jet almost skidded off the runway, brakes caught fire, and the tires blew out. Said pilot jumped out of the cockpit and ran from the aircraft like a bat out of hell, not even waiting for the ladder to be put down. [Ed Note: after NASCAR racer R Bobby]

RBFCWK

Pronounced "Rib Fika Wik". Rejected By Fat Chick With Kids. B-course buddy of mine who thought he could get any girl in the bar, until he found out his beer goggles were still on. He woke up on her couch to find her kids playing with his flightsuit, then she kicked him out.

Reaper

A guy in my old FS. We'd be out dog fighting (training obviously) and after someone would take him out he'd go dead quiet and then pop up behind you and get you.. cheating little bastard if you ask me... he got busted though. Best callsign if you ask me.

Rectum

Lt. Colonel in JROTC, just graduated this year. Known school wide as an egotistical, know-it-all @$$ho1e, hence "Rectum." He also wrecked his first car, a '98 Ford Explorer in a "ran a red light" incident; also killed a bird that flew into his car while going 80 on the highway (it's still there, by the way) and resulted in a large dent in his hood. He's also an all around speeder, hence "Rectum" = "Wrecked 'em."

Red October

An avid reader of anything Tom Clancy, this guy spoke fluent Russian and his favorite book was Red October. Of course, he was also spotted pulling a "Red October" on a trip to Malaysia (Urban Dictionary, folks!)

Redeye

While flying out of our "Forward Operating Location" (FOL) at Sembach Germany, all the "old craniums" would stay up until the wee hours of the morning playing poker and drinking adult beverages, mostly scotch. I on the other hand would retire to bed at a respectable hour and even with a full nights sleep my eyes looked as if I had been on a three day bender....probably something to do with my red hair.... Redeye....was given and used for 22 years.......with a one year break while I was in Kunsan, where as the "Ops O" of the only fighter squadron (Juvats) I was given "Torch", again having to do with the red hair I assume......

Revlon

My fellow pilots in my ANG unit have little to no imagination. Wouldn't guess I was the only female aviator would you:)

Rexxxx

He landed close enough to his flight lead to be his ALE-50. It took a couple of 'x'-tra rides to get through initial qualification training.

Rhino

'We had 2 of these; had to do with their last name. To make the distinction they were subsequently known as 'Stupid Rhino' and 'Fat Rhino''

Ricky Bobby

The guys has two first names. Andy Jerry

Ricky Bobby

Received three speeding tickets in his first month on-station. [Ed note: named after the NASCAR driver]

Rico

Intense, and constantly armed to the teeth... like the psychotic penguin from the Madagascar movie, only hotter and female

RIP-CORD

As I was free-falling in a skydive training complementation for my pilot training, had a nasty malfunction and spend too much time trying to disconnect my main parachute and then pull the ripcord of my reserve. After landing, one of the guys told me beside him was the skydiving instructor standing watching me fall like a stone to earth, and he in a low voice said PULL THE FKN RIPCORD OR RIP, PULL THE FKN RIPCORD OR RIP.... so my friend asked him what RIP standed for... and he said... PULL THE FKN RIPCORD OR REST IN PEACE...

Ripley

Believe it or not!!! - 69 stories (all true) prior to finishing MQT. To include JFS fire (ground egress), smoke in cockpit (ground egress), going to AB during a Mil form takeoff with the SQD/CC....

Roach

Like the bug im never seen in the light, i come out to hunt and feed at night and ive been called so crazy that i would be the only one to make it thru hell and come back laughing.i dont even blink at a 900 mph pass bubble to bubble at about 6 feet!

Rock

Wish it was something really clever, but unfortunately my first name is Richard, which then got shortened to Rick when I joined the RAAF. In basic survival training the boys quickly discovered that I don't exactly have good boyancy, in fact I 'float' about a metre under the surface! Rick quickly became Rock, as in 'floats like a... rock'. Here to stay unfortunately...

Rocket

Was told by this retired pilot of the 150FW that he "earned" his call sign in Germany flying F-4's. A 4-ship upon returning to base, on final approach he started passing everyone in his flight, he "forgot" to put his gear down.

Rocket

Close story about my Callsign. I actually got it in UPT while going down hill to our Aux Field, we were supposed to be in Idle with the Speedbrakes out and doing clearing turns. Since I was the first solo of the morning I decided to not put out the board or retard to idle. I wanted to see how fast I could get the mighty "Tweet" going. I didn't know there was an IP behind me who was trying to keep up (unsuccessfully) with me. I got caught and hence the name.

Rocky

Guy's last name was Stone.

Roid

Android or Hemorrhoid ?

ROLL

Had an in=flight aileron failure and started doing barrel rolls.

Romeo

Real name: Casanova

Rommel

Tried to kill a tank with an AMRAAM during training. (After German Field Marshall Erwin Rommel, famous WWII tank commander)

Romo

Our instructor is from Texas and a big Cowboys fan. One of the students, being a Washington Redskins fan, told the instructor to take his Cowboys hat off and gave him crap the whole time. To get back at him we gave the student "Romo" after of course Tony Romo the Dallas quarterback

Rooster

Last name rhymed with Tyson (the chicken company) and he did pretty well in the henhouse (the bars)

Rotor

Ran Off The Only Runway

Rub

Last name Burdick. Say it with me now...

RUBMA

Last name "Johnson"

Rudderbutt

After trying to fly a biplane by the rudder and not using the ailerons. Quite funny when you consider I had never flown a plane before . They were going to call me crabby because of the way the plane was flown sideways and I said well it workes on the ground why not in the air.

Ruffles

F/A-18 driver who liked to take his favorite brand of potato chips up in the hell hole, a compartment behind the ejection seat. Due to the change in pressure at refueling altitude the bag popped and he freaked to his wingman thinking something had exploded. Was originally "shorty" after just meeting the height requirements.

Runitsa

Short story from my last name "Kop". During one of my first air-to-air training exersices with the west coast squad, I came upon a few other Eagles and i heard them saying "Run-it's-a-cop!"

Rushmore

Ellsworth AFB, SD B-52 driver - got bagged after climbing Mt Rushmore and sitting on Lincolns beard

RUTRO

Travelpod fell off during a cross-country flight. In it were golf clubs, clothes, etc. His response when told about the pod was the sound Scooby-Doo makes when trouble comes a-knockin'. [Ed. note: "uh oh" in Scooby-Doo language becomes "rut ro"]

Other callsigns

Ragman, Rally, Rappin, Rascal, Rat, Ratbreath, RD, Rebel, Red, Redhot, Redman, Riddler, Rip, Ripster, Roach, Roach-Breath (R.B.), Rocko, Rod, Roff, Root, Rube, Rudi, ...