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Unread post12 Jul 2014, 02:33

Not gonna lie, Gums' "Stubby" has grown on me.

I'm wondering which platforms are commonly referred to by their official name. For instance:

F-15 - I believe pilots just call it the Eagle
F-16 - Viper, needs no explaining
F/A-18A-D - Hornet (is "Bug" in common use?)
F/A-18E/F - Rhino (looking for neurotech here)
F-22 - Raptor (hope someone can pitch in on this as the F-22 pilot community is quite small)

B-1 - Bone, not sure of other nicknames
B-2 - Spirit, again, not sure of other nicknames
B-52 - BUFF

A-7 - SLUF
F-4 - Phantom, double ugly
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Unread post12 Jul 2014, 02:55

disconnectedradical wrote:Not gonna lie, Gums' "Stubby" has grown on me.

I'm wondering which platforms are commonly referred to by their official name. For instance:

F-15 - I believe pilots just call it the Eagle
F-16 - Viper, needs no explaining
F/A-18A-D - Hornet (is "Bug" in common use?)
F/A-18E/F - Rhino (looking for neurotech here)
F-22 - Raptor (hope someone can pitch in on this as the F-22 pilot community is quite small)

B-1 - Bone, not sure of other nicknames
B-2 - Spirit, again, not sure of other nicknames
B-52 - BUFF

A-7 - SLUF
F-4 - Phantom, double ugly


http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/F-4#Nicknames

Is it me, or did the Phantom have way too many nick names?

Was that just part of the culture at that time?
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Unread post12 Jul 2014, 03:46

KamenRiderBlade wrote:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/F-4#Nicknames

Is it me, or did the Phantom have way too many nick names?

Was that just part of the culture at that time?

If there is a fighter that has served in more air forces, over more generations of pilots, than the F-4, I'd love to hear it.
It probably has a nickname from each.

(and, if I'm not mistaken, the Super Hornet inherited the "rhino" name from the F-4)
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Unread post12 Jul 2014, 04:03

disconnectedradical wrote:F/A-18E/F - Rhino (looking for neurotech here)


The F-4 was the original Rhino. The Super Hornet was called the Rhino so that is can easily be identified from a normal Hornets. The LSO need to know that info, to set the correct landing weights.
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Unread post12 Jul 2014, 04:45

h-bomb wrote:
disconnectedradical wrote:F/A-18E/F - Rhino (looking for neurotech here)


The F-4 was the original Rhino. The Super Hornet was called the Rhino so that is can easily be identified from a normal Hornets. The LSO need to know that info, to set the correct landing weights.


And there was no other nickname available?
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Unread post12 Jul 2014, 04:52

There were a zillion names available but 'Lady GaGa' did not compute so they picked 'RHINO'. So what?
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Unread post12 Jul 2014, 05:28

spazsinbad wrote:There were a zillion names available but 'Lady GaGa' did not compute so they picked 'RHINO'. So what?


It just seems weird that they would recycle nicknames.
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Unread post12 Jul 2014, 06:05

How weird is recyclingrecycling aircraft names? Try Lightning. Try Phantom. Try a bunch of others. Weird huh.
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Unread post12 Jul 2014, 12:31

KamenRiderBlade wrote:And there was no other nickname available?

In that particular case, I heard it started with the sailors running the arresting gear, and had to do with them being about the same weight or something.

At any rate, people like to invoke feelings about previous aircraft.
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Unread post12 Jul 2014, 15:24

count_to_10 wrote:
KamenRiderBlade wrote:And there was no other nickname available?

In that particular case, I heard it started with the sailors running the arresting gear, and had to do with them being about the same weight or something.

At any rate, people like to invoke feelings about previous aircraft.


Despite the modern technology of
"connecting your cell phone to the tablet working the super computer in the Ship Self Defense system/ Aegis interface providing Pentagon cloud based 3D hologaphic aids to set the catapult/arresting cables" ......

... sailors being who they are ....

Use crayons and Sharpies to mark where the setting should be "directly on the gauges" and then write the name above the crayon mark...

When they set the Super Hornet up, the mark already had "Rhino" written there in permanent marker. (stupid people not knowing you have to use dry erase markers on a white board) ... :) ... since it was not eraseable ... they had to call it Rhino !!! :roll:

or so I'm told....

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PS /end joke/ but to tell the truth the joke probably has a lot of truth in it!
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Unread post12 Jul 2014, 17:24

:D Heheh BP - that is why I still have LEFT in permanent marker on my left hand [GLOVE] and you know what on my right. Am I rite? Or am I rong. Port and stbd y'all. :mrgreen:
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Unread post12 Jul 2014, 20:05

count_to_10 wrote:If there is a fighter that has served in more air forces, over more generations of pilots, than the F-4, I'd love to hear it.


Try the MiG-21 - something like 60 different operators. That's around 5 times the number for the F-4.
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Unread post12 Jul 2014, 22:16

gtx wrote:
count_to_10 wrote:If there is a fighter that has served in more air forces, over more generations of pilots, than the F-4, I'd love to hear it.


Try the MiG-21 - something like 60 different operators. That's around 5 times the number for the F-4.

Good point -- I hadn't considered non-allied countries. Bet the Mig-21 has a lot of different nick-names, too.
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Unread post14 Jul 2014, 01:52

"When a fifth-generation fighter meets a fourth-generation fighter—the [latter] dies,”
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Unread post30 Aug 2014, 12:03

count_to_10 wrote:If there is a fighter that has served in more air forces, over more generations of pilots, than the F-4, I'd love to hear it.

De Havilland Vampire/Venom came close.
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