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The Three Rules of Callsigns

  1. If you don't already have one, you will be assigned one by your "buddies".
  2. You probably won't like it.
  3. If you complain and moan too much about 1. and 2., you'll get a new nickname you'll like even less!

So, how do you get a callsign?

Do something stupid or have it fit with your last name. Obvious examples, 'Crash' or LT 'Cheese' Kraft. Sometimes it's based on a physical appearance thing like 'Carrot'. After you've earned the respect of your buddies, you'll get a more 'heroic' callsign.

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Most recent additions

Our callsigns list contains 1426 callsigns. Here are the latest additions:

Gerbil

 (added: 22 Mar 2012)
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.

SCUBA

 (added: 23 Jun 2012)
I was a Crew Chief TDY to Vegas for red flag when myself and a few of our buddies to include a number of pilots, one of which happened to be the FS commander walked out into this open area of our hotel that had a couple of pools and hot tubs. When what do we see but one of our CAPT Pilots receiving oral from a stripper in a hot tub. Ever since he has gone by the name SCUBA ( Self Contained Underwater Breathing Apparatus)

Sake

 (added: 8 Apr 2012)
RNoAF viperdriver with Japanese heritage

Beeper

 (added: 10 Apr 2013)
F-15 pilot; based off of the stall warning alarm that I seemed to become familiar with

Rabbit

 (added: 24 May 2013)
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.

Vic

 (added: 6 May 2013)
RAF Hunter driver named Norton was called Vic, not short for Victor, but because he got up your nose.

Bouncer

 (added: 25 Jun 2013)
I was flying Skyraiders with a Vietnamese Wing. Never flew a "tail dragger" before, so I initally bounced too many times on landing... which became a joke among the VNAF pilots. My call sign translated from Vietnamese: Bouncer Dale Talley USAF Ret.

CHAOS

 (added: 14 Mar 2014)
While deployed to Guam, a B-52 Radar Navigator enjoyed a nice ride at The Viking. After getting a bit to hands on the "button" of the dancer, and getting jacked up by the bouncer is was determined he "Can't Handle Another Oriental Stripper".

Flamer

 (added: 31 May 2013)
While #2 in a 4-ship RTB in the overhead, flamed out exactly as lead give me the kiss off

Fester

 (added: 3 May 2013)
Big Bald guy and at my nameage they had the taken my ISOPREP picture and cut and paste a small lightbulb into the frame to make it look like the old Adams Family Picture of Uncle Fester with the lightbulb in his mouth. The naming took about 6.9 seconds once the visual aid was shown to the crowd. Thanks McGoo!

Oinker

 (added: 18 Aug 2012)
I was playing open mic night with 2 other aviators in my battalion. In the middle of a song, this huge fat woman with a terrible looking face sallied forth to my buddy playing bass. He promptly directed her to me, as she wanted to know 'who was doin all that sanging'...she proceeded to "freak me" in her attempts to distract me from playing my guitar. It was a horrible emotional event and I'll forever be scarred...everyone knew my callsign at the next command & staff meeting. - Oinker, Army Aviator, Ft. Hood, TX

Gottahave

 (added: 12 Mar 2014)
Last name: Morehead

BVR

 (added: 6 Jul 2013)
Back in the day I tended to choose very cheap cologne (the kind you get by the gallon) and wore way too much of it. Fellow flyers told me thjey could smell me before they could see me and named me BVR (Beyond Visual Range). I told people it stood for "beaver".

WiFI

 (added: 5 Jul 2013)
2LT that drives a brand new Porsche...his wife bought for him (or at leave financed it)....WIfe Financed It

Bobbitt

 (added: 7 Jul 2013)
While "poking" (RCAF slang for inflight refueling), he broke off the refueling probe.[Ed. note: google Lorena Bobbitt, if you're not familiar with the story...]

DD

 (added: 25 Jun 2013)
Dead Dave - Was actually clinically dead during water training accident...recovered of course

IRIS

 (added: 20 Jun 2013)
I Require Intense Supervision. Female NFO who would get blackout drunk and wander off to do stupid things.

Diggler

 (added: 16 Aug 2013)
Met an F-16/F-15 Driver in Fresno from the 194th FS with the first name "Dirk". Nuff said...

YANG

 (added: 13 Jul 2013)
Yet Another Non-Guy. Apparently female.

Spanky

 (added: 7 Jul 2013)
Had a well known proclivity for masturbation.

Sparky

 (added: 28 Jul 2013)
An airman got hit by the ground current of a lightning bolt while watching a storm near Cold Lake AFB. He *still* goes outside to watch storms.

Lick

 (added: 3 Aug 2012)
One of the greatest name plays ever. Last name Mawhinney.

Teflon

 (added: 8 Aug 2013)
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

Tits

 (added: 16 Aug 2013)
Pilot with last name of "Mammarella" at K-Bay in the late 80's.

Tupac

 (added: 23 Aug 2013)
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.