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Callsigns starting with "T"

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THOR

The men and women in the 120th FS are known as "Redeyes." There was a Pilot by the name of T. who slept with one of his female counterparts. They ended up getting married, but T's callsign ended up as "THOR" and it stood for "T. Had One Redeye."

Tread

LCdr. Saufley (Tread softly and carry a big stick)

Turd

F-4 pitter who had to take a dump and the front seater wouldn't speed up on RTB, so the GIB just put his foot up against the throttles and they passed all of the others heading to initial. Upon landing he leapt out of the backseat in the De-Arm area and dropped a small one.

T-bone

dropped a practice bomb through a cow

T-Bone

Dropped two 500# laser-guided bombs on cows in Kosovo during Allied Force.

T-Retz

Curses and verbalizes when upset. All caught on the HUD tape.

TAC-N

Flight doc, Turn And Cough, Now! Enough said...

Tall Paul

or TP. I'm six foot four, first assignment, the five foot two squadron commander looks at me and says, "Damn you're tall Paul!" It stuck...go figure.

Tally

First Female fighter pilot. Short for Tally-Ho (HO...get it??)

Tango Papa

It seems like every time something went wrong on an op I got in trouble - even if I had nothing to do with it. So, like toilet paper - it all stuck to me. So T.P. or Tango Papa

Tank

'A brand new F-16 pilot at Pope AFB looked down at his fuel gauge and 'Oh crap!' it was almost empty and he was a ways from base. 'Uh. . . Tower, this is Tiger 2 declaring an emergency!' Never a good thing for a fighter pilot's ego anyway. Ooops, my bad, I just forgot to switch from my wing tanks to my main tanks. 'Tower, Uh. . . forget that emergency.' From that day forward he was known as TANK.'

Tank

A much-feared Ops Group commander who would bully and steamroll over anyone who showed weakness, but that's not where the callsign came from... As a youngster, he went to drop a bomb on a practice range in or near England, but pickled his centerline tank instead. Oops!

Tarheel

Well, pretty simple actually--I'm from North Carolina and a diehard UNC fan. I bleed CAROLINA BLUE!!

Tarzan

This new kid's a sport climber, first name starts with T, he likes camping outdoors more than hanging out at the bar. Go figure.

Taser

Wingman was an MP before flight school and they found a contact stun gun in his locker one night on one of those surprise inspections...

Tassels

Female - I think you can figure it out

Taxman

Everybody pays the Taxman. Top in squad.

Tazman

WAY too hyper for my own good I guess.

TBAR

That Boy Ain't Right

TBJ

LT B. Gumser; T stands for "Toothless" and we all know that a Gumser is defined as a TBJ. Commonly found on Gate 2 street Okinawa or in Thailand.

TCAP

Named after the TV show Dateline NBC - To catch a predator. While in flight school, this stud dated a 17 year old townie... knowingly... because "she was going to be 18 soon". Found out her dad was a retired Hornet driver, which means he probably knew all the instructors, or at least enough to make flight school less enjoyable, so he "creeped her out into dumping him, you know so she wouldn't be so attached"

Teflon

Hawg driver at Spangdahlem. Named after his smooth moves while in the air and on the ground ;-) (Sorry David)

Teflon

Given the name by F-16 pilots of the 33rd TFS Shaw AFB SC. No matter how much "trouble" I got in there were never any repercussion. They said nothing sticks hence the name

Tele

Last name Vissen

Tennesssee Smith

My Tennessee heritage coupled with a thick Southern accent reminds my CO of a gunslinger... I dont see it, but it could be worse I guess.

Terrorist

Had to grow hair and beard for a infiltration op. With safety glasses on, someone remarked that I looked like one of the Iranians who had taken our embassy hostage.

Tess

First Class RAF Tornado GR4 Squadron Leader, whose surname is Tickle.

Tess

Last name Icles

Test Gun

Not a fighter, but civilian 767 Pilot... At age 14 I started flying gliders in Germany at a local glider club and as a present for my 16th b-day I received an original M-1 Leather flight jacket I liked to wear during the winter. That got me the call sign "Top Gun". The following summer my club received a used glider and after several members flew it reports surfaced that it was having some wiered flight characteristics along the longitudinal axis. As I was a snubby-sixteen-year-old know-it-all-still-student-pilot I HAD to find out what was wrong with the bird... so I got an IP to let me fly it but limited me to 160 km/h max speed (beginning of the yellow line in that particular glider). So after launching out of the winch I was able to gain some altitude in some thermals and started checking the bird out... and went over my given speed limit to find out that the ailerons were due to their weight caused the ailerons to flutter at higher speeds. In my case they were violently fluttering almost tearing the plane appart... Back on the ground I confessed my finding and the plane was pulled out of service for inspections just to find out that a stiffening substance injected into the aileron-cavities was increasing their weights and causing the flutter behaviour... From that moment on I was called "Test Gun" and grounded for 6 Weeks...

The Great Bunndini

After a night of 'light' drinking at the infamous Snake Pit Lounge and the screening of the movie 'The Great Santini' all present rose and pointed at me and stating in unison "He is YOU!, all hail the Great Bunndini!"

The Rock

My Last name is Stone

Thief

Stole various items from the squadron members

Thor

Was trying to do some minor renovations, when the hammer missed its mark and smashed my thumb. Unfortunately, it was spotted by a crew chief and I have never been able to live it down.

Thump

The sound a body makes when it hits the ground...hard. I fell off a second story balcony at the Tyndal Q's during our post WSEP Ops/Mx party.

Thumper

When first learning to fly, my right leg would always shake on the rudder pedal. My flight instructor gave me the name.

Thumper

Was going through basic with a temporary callsign of "Fluffy" and had a soda next to my console when I shouldn't have. Well having a size 15 foot the soda ended up getting kicked over. So my instructor thought, "what's fluffy and has a big foot?" And there you have it.

Thunder

No matter how hard the guys tried during basic at P'Cola and during deployments afterward nobody could ever get my Dad pissed off enough to lose his cool. Finally one night during one hell of a storm onboard the Enterprise while reviewing landing tapes a new nugget slammed the ramp hard and bent a landing gear on a brand new Scooter. Dad went out and proceeded to chew the guy out for 45 minutes straight in a thunderstorm on the flight deck. Since my father was one of the quietest guys around until finally provoked the name stuck.

Tic

In Korea in 1998, a crusty captain deftly integrated the Foncho clause (combination of the Fish and Poncho clauses - a poor story told well is better than a good story told poorly, and don't take all $#%ing night to tell it) and the 10% rule. He told a poor story extremely well, 90% of which was bullshit, in order to name me Tic...which stands for "Talk is Cheap." Since it was a bullshit story...I'll leave it at that. Of course, there are cover stories such as "Thrust is Cheap" and "Troops in Contact."

Tickler

Last name French - enough said....

Tickles

Attractive female viper pilot I met at Nellis once. First name was Tess. Thought it was pretty clever ;)

Timezone

First day of primary, instructor asks the class what time would it be in San Diego if it's 6am in Pensacola, and a few more like that. I was always an hour off. I didn't know there was a Mountain Standard Timezone, and a callsign was born.

tin man

named after a soup company, tin can

Tiny

Last name - Cox

Titan

Massive B****rd

Title IX

This soon-to-be pilot was out at the mall doing one of those Flight Sim places with a couple buddies. This particular place has made deals with the "Women Fly" movement, of which she's a big proponent (she's the only girl flier around). As we were waiting, a buddy walked past the Women Fly merchandise and called out "Hey Rachael, here's the Title IX rack". It stuck.

Tits

Pilot with last name of "Mammarella" at K-Bay in the late 80's.

TMS

True story... I had to cut a combat sortie due to what I like to refer to as a 'DFAC (Dining Facility) initiated early return'. There was no way I was of any tactical use, let alone flying the sortie itself. I made it back to Base X, made it down the ladder, and thankfully the Crew Chief was waiting there with a garbage bag because I didn't make it to the port-a-john. I was named "The Mad Shxxxxx"!

TOFU

A-10 pilot on BFM ride with Patch Wearer. Throughout the flight, Patch Wearer provided tactical hints in the form of "hey, this technique only but you might want to try this" or "this my technique only, but it works better if you do this." After several minutes of this, and particularly from being on the losing end of most of the engagements, the next "technique only" chatter was met with "F@#K You!" The rest of the flight was in silence. As the wingman was putting up boards and cueing the tape for the debrief, the Patch walked in, through is tape on the table and said, "Technique Only, never tell say "F-U" to your instructor." And then he walked out. No debrief that day. So next naming..."Technique Only, FU!"

Toga

Mid 70's Phantom Squadron Toga Party... "the Greeks didn't wear no stinking U-trou"! You can fill in blanks.

Toma

Maj. Dennis "Toma" Hawks

Tons Of Fun

Nickname I received in Basic from a Drill Sergeant. Got it because when I got there I was overweight.

Tool

"Tool" Stanley

TOOT

Instructor pilot who always started by saying "The Objective Of Today" is...

Torch

LTC Don Campbell at Luke AFB, 1988. Taking off for Hawaii with three bags of gas, lights the blower, engine blows up, airplane catches on fire. He aborts takeoff, ground egresses, and runs to the edge of the runway, pulls out his pack of cigarettes, and very rapidly puffs through the entire pack as he watches his airplane burn up. Hence "Torch".

Torch

Leading a 4 ship on a low level to the bombing range in Spain, Hit a 29 lb vulture at 510 kts groundspeed. Aircraft blew up and the stab went full deflection down (which gave me a 12 G pitchup) #2 called for me to eject, call was blocked by #4 calling a "knock it off". When someone asked why he made that call he stated "I thought someone lit a blowtorch in front of my canopy". Blowtorch was shortened to "Torch" at a crud game at the Nellis O'Club during Green Flag.

Torch

Navy pilot in training, came in too fast - when he applied the breaks the main wheels and brakes burst in to flames

Torpedo

(Note: Am female.) WeI went out one night and we all got pretty drunk. We were sat around a table, I spotted a cute guy and went and snogged him. They ended up calling me 'Torpedo' because I was so quick they didn't see me move.

TOTO

Accidentally shutting the engine down while in the air. Throttle Off, Throttle On

Trash

Last name is of course White.

Trax

Passed out on the railroad tracks in his Choker Whites after a tough night at an airwing party.

Trey

Landed 3 wires on first sea trial

Tricky

I wish that there was some cool story about me being the craftiest or sneakiest guy in the squadron but I went through UPT back in the 60s when Richard Nixon had just gotten his butt kicked by John Kenedy. My last name is Dick so "Tricky", in reference to Nixon, just sort of stuck.

TRIX

Came from "Tri-X" - someone else already got XXX

TRIX

Tri-X , XXX

TUA

TUA means "Typical Uncivilized American" Callsign for Capt. Alan Talbert 22 FS Spang. (now 35 FS Kunsan). Got his name for some typical not so smart (American) moves/actions while in Germany.

Tub

Had an Lt in my AWACs squadron that was told to go get his tub ride from the F-15 squadron down the flight line. His unfortunate answer was "What's a tub?"

Tubby

Striking resemblance to one of the Teletubbies

TUCAF

The Ugliest Carrier Aviator Forever

TULSA

Total Utter Lack of Situational Awareness

Tumble Weed

6 Foot 6 Vegitarian helicopter pilot formally with "Weed" as his callsign. He fainted at a Change of Command Ceremony..... thus "Tumble Weed".

Tummy and Stix

The next 2 midshipmen that arrive at our squadron will be named Tummy and Stix. They will be made to always walk in order, stand in order, and introduce themselves in order. We will open every meeting appropriately addressing all VIPs: "Skipper, XO, Tummy, Stix". Tummystix.

Tuna

I tried to cook a can of Tuna over a chemical (hexi) stove during a ground survival training thing, the can blew sky high because of the heat, we were not allowed back on the base ever again and I got a bolloking from my shell-shocked C.O. Somebody called me that on the way back to base and it stuck.

Tupac

After 9/11, new pilot needed a ride to civilian airport, but wanted his vehicle left at base for his return. Life Support tech drives pilot to airport in pilot's truck and returns to base, only to be stopped at main gate for random vehicle inspection. Cops find loaded pistol in pilot's truck. Life Support tech gets detained.

Turd

Had to use the bathroom one night and was too far from the AMU, so I went next to the F-16 farthest from prying eyes....but got caught!

Turgon

The story goes that during one of his first bombing runs in the A-7, he pickled off the entire bomb rack (TER or Triple Ejector Rack) instead of just the bombs hung on it.

Turtle

My buddy 1st Lt. M. "Turtle" Hidalgo got his name by always wearing this ugly green backpack and one day he was in a wrestling match at the base and got his nose broken. After it healed up he looked like a turtle.

TWATT

"Twitches While Attempting To Talk" This poor guy had one of the worst ticks I've ever seen. I'm not sure what his condition was, but that's the name he received, and yes, it is pronounced exactly how one would think it would be pronounced.

Two Bags

Barfed twice during an incentive ride

Two Bit

Last name was HO.

Two Dads

The pilot concerned, acquired this callsign due to his appropriation of a hyphenated surname.

Two Shots

I'm Half Chinese & Half Italian, 5'6, 128 lbs. My family on the Italian side has "mob" ties (but only in the old country, Sicily). I also am a HUGE fan of the Godfather. Anyway, I'm also not much of drinker. This became common knowledge after partying one night with my squad mates. Literally, TWO SHOTS had me slurring, and falling all over the place. So, the name TWO SHOTS stuck.

Two Times

A Marine aviator named Vince. Italian descent. Reference to the character in Goodfellas, Vinnie Two Times, who finished every sentence by repeating himself, repeating himself.

Other callsigns

Tag, Tamil, Tapper, Tatoo, Taz, Tex, The Hammer, Thoro, Tinton, Tits, Toad, Topper, Toro, Toto, Toucan, TouTou, Tri-Pod, Trigger, Tron, Turbo, Turf, Turk, Twie, Twin, Two Dogs, ...