F-35 Unofficial nickname

Unread postPosted: 29 Jul 2008, 20:24
by falcon_mr.b
Greetings from the Fighting Falcon Nest!

Now that we have all come to accept the official nickname of the F-35, are there any good names out there for an unofficial nickname? i.e. Viper, Warthog, Mudhen.

Going back to the debate before the official release two years ago, I think Phoenix would be a great name. I am also fond Mongoose; although a bird is probably more appropriate. And, since mongoose (pl.) are capable of killing venomous snakes (vipers), then maybe that isn't the best idea. :evil:

In addition, would there be (3) different names for the (3) different versions?

Related forum posts:

RE: F-35 Unofficial nickname

Unread postPosted: 29 Jul 2008, 23:32
by sprstdlyscottsmn
CTOL-Hawk (AF likes birds, Eagle, Falcon, Raptor), STOVL-Kite (hovering falcon, much like the Harrier), CV-Wasp (to work with the Hornet). lol.

No, I don't know. Phantom III? The F-4 Phantom II was the last multirole aircraft to serve with AF, Navy, Marines, RAF, RN. And those airframes where a LOT more common than the F-35.

RE: F-35 Unofficial nickname

Unread postPosted: 30 Jul 2008, 00:01
by Obamanite
SLUF: Short Little Ugly Fu*ker. The F-35 is more alike an A-7 than a Phantom, and was just as ugly yet functional.

Unread postPosted: 30 Jul 2008, 00:30
by outlaw162
Possibly "Cream-puff" when it comes up against the F-22.

I can hear the audio now:

F-35 driver: ???
F-22 driver: ???
F-35 driver: ????
F-22 driver: ????
F-35 driver: ?????
AWACS: ??? Let's knock it off and set up another one, guns only if you got 'em. Turn your "nubs" on please.

regards, OL

Unread postPosted: 30 Jul 2008, 01:49
by Yoram777
Since its real name is Lightning how about Thunder, or "The F-35 Thunderbird" 8) I like it.

And considering how loud it is Thunderbird is better suited than lightning anyway.

Unread postPosted: 30 Jul 2008, 03:23
by SixerViper
I guess if we call the F-35 "SLUF" then we gotta call the B-2 "BUFF". Point is, we need to come up with an original nickname for the new jet. The SLUF will always be the A-7 and the BUFF will always be the B-52.

We're not the Navy; we can come up with an original name for the new jet if we try hard enough. Sooner or later someone intimate with the new jet will come up with a good nickname. Until then, I think I'll call it "Fishbed Jr." due to its foward-hinged canopy.

Unread postPosted: 30 Jul 2008, 03:24
by Corsair1963
Really, Lightning is hard to top and fits with the heritage of BAE and Lockheed Martin. Further, such a name easily translates into many different languages.........Which, considering the international partnership is ideal.

That said, I personally liked "Hurricane" Which, would be a good match for Typhoon when you think about.... As both are basically a name for a same type of power storm. Just different names for different parts of the world.

Unread postPosted: 30 Jul 2008, 04:29
by geogen
LMAO,

Obamanite and Outlaw162 both get the post of the day award.

True comparison, Ob, of the functional F-35 with the A-7, imo and Outlaw162... I have to tell you, one of my all time fav slang designators is 'Cream-puff', so I'd accept that one with flying colors. (maybe Puffy, for short?)

Re: RE: F-35 Unofficial nickname

Unread postPosted: 30 Jul 2008, 17:49
by SpudmanWP
Obamanite wrote:SLUF: Short Little Ugly Fu*ker. The F-35 is more alike an A-7 than a Phantom, and was just as ugly yet functional.


That would have been the F-32 :D

Unread postPosted: 30 Jul 2008, 17:59
by VarkVet
How about Banshee … wailing and death is what she (F-35) was designed for.

Plus it’s in line with the current Yamaha Quad lineup (example Raptor)

Banshees in history, mythology and folklore

If someone hears the banshee, someone they know will die. Traditionally, when a citizen of an Irish village died, a woman would sing a lament (in Irish: caoineadh, [ˈkiːnʲə] or [ˈkiːnʲuː], "caoin" meaning "to weep, to wail") at their funeral. These women singers are sometimes referred to as "keeners" and the best keeners would be in much demand. Legend has it that, for five great Gaelic families: the O'Gradys, the O'Neills, the O'Briens, the O'Connors, and the Kavanaghs, the lament would be sung by a fairy woman; having foresight, she would sing the lament when a family member died, even if the person had died far away and news of their death had not yet come, so that the wailing of the banshee was the first warning the household had of the death.

Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Banshee

Unread postPosted: 30 Jul 2008, 18:23
by LMAggie
All the good names of flying things are taken. But here is my official entry.

F-35A: Fighting Canary
F-35B: Butterfly
F-35C: Mud Dauber

Ok, maybe I'll think some more about it...

Unread postPosted: 30 Jul 2008, 19:06
by Obamanite
LMAggie wrote:All the good names of flying things are taken. But here is my official entry.

F-35A: Fightin Canary
F-35B: Butterfly
F-35C: Mud Dauber

Ok, maybe I'll think some more about it...


VarkVet, Banshee is not a bad nickname, but I think there was once a Banshee briefly in USN service that was a dismal failure...

LMAggie, you may be a great engineer but you suck as a wordsmith :wink: Fighting Canary??? Butterfly??? I don't want to get too politically incorrect here but, are you anticipating a repeal of don't-ask, don't-tell and a sudden influx of queers into the pilot ranks??? Might as well paint them in rainbow collors while we're at it!

Unread postPosted: 30 Jul 2008, 20:01
by outlaw162
LMAggie may be on to something here.

How about “Belligerent Dove”?, along the lines of SAC’s old “Peace is our Profession” motto.

Potentially you have “Gossamer Sprite” for the USN and “Angry Titmouse” for the USMC available also.

Foreign customers would of course be responsible for not losing anything in the translation.

regards, OL

Unread postPosted: 30 Jul 2008, 21:27
by tbarlow
In the spirit of SLUF, BUFF (been around both), how about:

"TUFF" for "That Ugly F-F"...

Of course there will be one part in that jet when it comes time to change out will cause a tech to come up with an "unoffical" nick name. :D

Unread postPosted: 30 Jul 2008, 22:11
by Obamanite
outlaw162 wrote:LMAggie may be on to something here.

How about “Belligerent Dove”?, along the lines of SAC’s old “Peace is our Profession” motto.

Potentially you have “Gossamer Sprite” for the USN and “Angry Titmouse” for the USMC available also.

Foreign customers would of course be responsible for not losing anything in the translation.

regards, OL


Well, this must be the post of the day because it had me literally laughing out-loud (or LOL as the kiddies like to say). The images of a "Belligerent Dove", "Gossamer Sprite" and "Angry Titmouse" are just uprarious!

Unread postPosted: 31 Jul 2008, 00:02
by LMAggie
Ok a little more serious this time:

F-35A: Merlin
F-35B: Joker
F-35C: Mako

Unread postPosted: 31 Jul 2008, 12:07
by StolichnayaStrafer
Maybe they should all be nicknamed as "Pigeons", since they will be made for so many different countries and branches of our military. If all works out with the program, they will be EVERYWHERE- just like their namesake.

Hell, real pigeons even used to work for the military before- now they can be recognized!

:crazypilot:

Unread postPosted: 31 Jul 2008, 15:26
by JoeSambor
Since it can take many forms, how about "Flubber"?

F-35A: Fighting Flubber
F-35B: Bouncy Flubber
F-35C: Wet Flubber

Best Regards,

Unread postPosted: 31 Jul 2008, 15:47
by outlaw162
“Wet Flubber”??

Probably should leave well enough alone, but.....

I’m sure it will get its real nickname eventually someday in service, but along the lines of Merlin (good one, but could be confused with an engine), for getting in and out of impossible places you have the: F-35 “Houdini”.

If you need to tie it to the current buzz phrase, Air Dominance, then: F-35 “Dominatrix

regards, OL

Unread postPosted: 31 Jul 2008, 18:05
by Guysmiley
F-35B: GoBot

Unread postPosted: 31 Jul 2008, 19:40
by Tim
"Supersonic Stub" :crazypilot:
Just throwing that out there.

Unread postPosted: 31 Jul 2008, 20:41
by Obamanite
Well, considering the Darth Vaderish looking helmet, its fat body and stubby wings I submit TIE Fighter.

Unread postPosted: 31 Jul 2008, 20:42
by Obamanite
And in respose to the Wet Flubber nickname, why not just call it the Flying Vagina, especially since it's supposed to absorb all sorts of electromagnetic radiation, both with its RAM and its plethora of sensors.

Unread postPosted: 31 Jul 2008, 20:44
by Obamanite
Guysmiley wrote:F-35B: GoBot


Considering all its moving parts, Transformer may just catch on for the B model.

Unread postPosted: 31 Jul 2008, 21:20
by beepa
have heard the name 'Sparky' a few times down this way

Unread postPosted: 31 Jul 2008, 21:38
by Neno
Nina, Pinta, and SantaMaria

Sky, Earth, and Sea

Lennon, Mercury, and Jagger

Kent, Parker, Banner

:-)
...

Unread postPosted: 01 Aug 2008, 01:12
by sferrin
Okay, all of you guys need lessons on what makes a good name. Go here:

http://web.mit.edu/btyung/www/nickname.html

Nobody will EVER beat "Flying $hithouse" (Kaman Huskie) :lol:

Unread postPosted: 01 Aug 2008, 05:04
by asiatrails
Obamanite wrote:And in respose to the Wet Flubber nickname, why not just call it the Flying Vagina, especially since it's supposed to absorb all sorts of electromagnetic radiation, both with its RAM and its plethora of sensors.


That honorable name is reserved for the McDac/Boeing POS

Unread postPosted: 01 Aug 2008, 05:14
by asiatrails
F-35A: Vader - Dark, ugly helmet

F-35B: Switchblade or Gumby - Disassembles before landing

F-35C: Catbird - Mews all over the F/A-18's and Growlers. Turns them into flying gas stations

Unread postPosted: 01 Aug 2008, 17:00
by rpgrynn
asiatrails wrote:F-35A: Vader - Dark, ugly helmet

F-35B: Switchblade or Gumby - Disassembles before landing

F-35C: Catbird - Mews all over the F/A-18's and Growlers. Turns them into flying gas stations


LOL - Where do you get this stuff? :D

Unread postPosted: 01 Aug 2008, 22:53
by Obamanite
I like Switchblade for the B model. Very appropriate.

Unread postPosted: 02 Aug 2008, 04:19
by asiatrails
rpgrynn wrote:
asiatrails wrote:F-35A: Vader - Dark, ugly helmet

F-35B: Switchblade or Gumby - Disassembles before landing

F-35C: Catbird - Mews all over the F/A-18's and Growlers. Turns them into flying gas stations


LOL - Where do you get this stuff? :D



Start off in shipbuilding, throw in almost 40 years in all aspects of aviation, a couple of wars, some insurrections, some food fights, a lot of travel and some good music. Most of all keep your sense of humor and enjoy life, then you too can get there.

Unread postPosted: 02 Aug 2008, 12:48
by locum
  • The Fighting Falcon was the 'Electric Jet', the Lightning will be the 'Internet Jet'
  • The F-4 was the 'Double Ugly, the F-35A/B/C is the Triple Ugly.
  • JSF, Jack A$$$ Fighter

Unread postPosted: 03 Aug 2008, 03:22
by geogen
F-35 EU-BoT (Expensive, Uber-Bomb Truck).

I.E. $1 Trillion+ 'expensive' to US side alone (or program bust). Either way, a grand slam expense/cost.

Re: F-35 Unofficial nickname

Unread postPosted: 05 Aug 2008, 03:31
by energo
Underdog?

Regards,
Bjørnar
Oslo

Unread postPosted: 06 Aug 2008, 02:42
by Corsair1963
locum wrote:
  • The Fighting Falcon was the 'Electric Jet', the Lightning will be the 'Internet Jet'
  • The F-4 was the 'Double Ugly, the F-35A/B/C is the Triple Ugly.
  • JSF, Jack A$$$ Fighter



Triple Ugly has my vote........ :twisted:

Unread postPosted: 06 Aug 2008, 03:05
by asiatrails
Corsair1963 wrote:Triple Ugly has my vote........ :twisted:


Sorry, that handle was awarded a long time ago and will always be associated with the EA6B in US Service and the HP Victor in RAF Service.

Unread postPosted: 06 Aug 2008, 16:52
by SixerViper
A digression: The A-6 should have been called the "Flying Tadpole" because it sure looks like one.

Unread postPosted: 07 Aug 2008, 01:21
by Corsair1963
asiatrails wrote:
Corsair1963 wrote:Triple Ugly has my vote........ :twisted:


Sorry, that handle was awarded a long time ago and will always be associated with the EA6B in US Service and the HP Victor in RAF Service.




While, the Intruder/Prowler had the corner on ugly. It still could be quite agile.............Remember, some of the flying scenes from the Movie "Flight of the Intruder". 8)

Unread postPosted: 07 Aug 2008, 01:45
by asiatrails
Corsair1963 wrote:
asiatrails wrote:
Corsair1963 wrote:Triple Ugly has my vote........ :twisted:


Sorry, that handle was awarded a long time ago and will always be associated with the EA6B in US Service and the HP Victor in RAF Service.




While, the Intruder/Prowler had the corner on ugly. It still could be quite agile.............Remember, some of the flying scenes from the Movie "Flight of the Intruder". 8)



Never said that it was and is not a smooth flying machine when it gets up and goes, but how would you feel if you if you saw your mother with one?

Unread postPosted: 07 Aug 2008, 08:41
by Ozzy_Blizzard
asiatrails wrote:F-35A: Vader - Dark, ugly helmet

F-35B: Switchblade or Gumby - Disassembles before landing

F-35C: Catbird - Mews all over the F/A-18's and Growlers. Turns them into flying gas stations


best bunch yet.

Unread postPosted: 08 Aug 2008, 03:01
by Corsair1963
How about batman........

Re: F-35 Unofficial nickname

Unread postPosted: 21 Aug 2008, 18:38
by taxpayer
I would think that "Sink-Hole" might be an appropriate nickname for it based on the program costs climbing from $200M to greater than $300M while encountering significant technical and schedule problems that are yet to be solved. I think Gen. Davis is getting pretty defensive about people pointing out the what is really going on behind the rosy press releases from the program office.

falcon_mr.b wrote:Greetings from the Fighting Falcon Nest!

Now that we have all come to accept <a href="news_article1883.html">the official nickname of the F-35</a>, are there any good names out there for an unofficial nickname? i.e. Viper, Warthog, Mudhen.

Going back to the debate before the official release two years ago, I think Phoenix would be a great name. I am also fond Mongoose; although a bird is probably more appropriate. And, since mongoose (pl.) are capable of killing venomous snakes (vipers), then maybe that isn't the best idea. :evil:

In addition, would there be (3) different names for the (3) different versions?

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Re: F-35 Unofficial nickname

Unread postPosted: 21 Aug 2008, 20:25
by Obamanite
taxpayer wrote:I would think that "Sink-Hole" might be an appropriate nickname for it based on the program costs climbing from $200M to greater than $300M while encountering significant technical and schedule problems that are yet to be solved. I think Gen. Davis is getting pretty defensive about people pointing out the what is really going on behind the rosy press releases from the program office.


:applause:

Love your post, Mr. Taxpayer. You are absolutely right, of course, except for the fact that the figures above should read $200B and $300B. Also, you should note I have also proposed two nicknames I think just might stick: Flying Turd and/or Groundhog.

Welcome to the board. Nice to have dissenting opinions to rebut the bunch of ditto-heads who tend to lead to the scurge of group-think.

RE: Re: F-35 Unofficial nickname

Unread postPosted: 21 Aug 2008, 22:02
by Obamanite
Reading a story about another LM fiasco (VH-71), I just came up with another great F-35 nickname: the Mockup.

Unread postPosted: 21 Aug 2008, 22:50
by TankerTOAD
I like F-35 Thruster, seeing how it has the most powerful engine ever fitted in a fighter.

Unread postPosted: 22 Aug 2008, 01:08
by StratoJet
LMAggie wrote:Ok a little more serious this time:

F-35A: Merlin
F-35B: Joker
F-35C: Mako


Wow. That is bizarre.

As a former LockBot, we must have both been inserted with the same brain control chip (even the same revision) by the LM Dept of Secret Brain Surgery.

I was actually going to post suggestions for both Merlin and Mako. (I also considered Stingray and Kestral.)

Scary. :shock:

Bobcat!

Unread postPosted: 22 Aug 2008, 01:13
by StratoJet
Bobcat!

RE: Re: F-35 Unofficial nickname

Unread postPosted: 22 Aug 2008, 03:29
by asiatrails
Definition of needing a real life:

Obamanite created 118 days ago has now produced 256 deposits. That’s 2.17 posts per day since May 26th, just goes to show that the fertilizer flows downhill.

Of course, we do not know what part of St. Louis or Seattle he comes from but once Boing Boing get a part of the F-35 action his attitude will adjust.

Re: RE: Re: F-35 Unofficial nickname

Unread postPosted: 22 Aug 2008, 04:20
by Obamanite
asiatrails wrote:Definition of needing a real life:

Obamanite created 118 days ago has now produced 256 deposits. That’s 2.17 posts per day since May 26th, just goes to show that the fertilizer flows downhill.


I would have thought the definition of needing a real life is actually pulling out a calculator to figure out my daily posting average :wink:

Say, only 2.17 per day? Wow, I've been slackin'.

Re: RE: Re: F-35 Unofficial nickname

Unread postPosted: 22 Aug 2008, 14:50
by asiatrails
Obamanite wrote:
asiatrails wrote:Definition of needing a real life:

Obamanite created 118 days ago has now produced 256 deposits. That’s 2.17 posts per day since May 26th, just goes to show that the fertilizer flows downhill.


I would have thought the definition of needing a real life is actually pulling out a calculator to figure out my daily posting average :wink:

Say, only 2.17 per day? Wow, I've been slackin'.


As Yoda say, tender point I hit did - yes.

Unread postPosted: 22 Aug 2008, 18:40
by RoundDblock
With all the talk about the ability to convert the-35 into a UAS, why not use Transformer, Robot in desguise! :doh:

Unread postPosted: 28 Aug 2008, 09:52
by greekviper
how about these names: F-35 Mauler
F-35 Black Bamba
F-35 Ratler
F-35 Cougar

Unread postPosted: 28 Aug 2008, 09:53
by greekviper
sorry i meant : F-35 Black Mamba

Unread postPosted: 28 Aug 2008, 11:26
by PeanutMike
F-35A Owner.
F-35B Roflcopter.
F-35C LOLBBQ

It's the 21st century. :lol:

Unread postPosted: 28 Aug 2008, 16:31
by jetblast16
I don't know what it is about this jet, but I think it is really slick looking.
It looks very modern, especially when the pilot is wearing that Star Wars
HMDS (Helmet Mounted Display System) or whatever you like to call it.
At any rate, the name Defender comes to mind to me when I look at this
jet...reminds me of the old Atari 2600 game (Defender)....ahhh, the good
ole' days of gaming. I like the name Defender for the F-35 as its
unofficial name.

Unread postPosted: 22 Sep 2008, 03:49
by lampshade111
F-35 Falcon II?

Unread postPosted: 22 Sep 2008, 14:08
by Thumper3181
Tarantula or Sparky.

Unread postPosted: 22 Sep 2008, 17:22
by Tim
F-35 Falcon II?

Surely you jest? :nono:

Unread postPosted: 22 Sep 2008, 19:50
by riser
It should be made offical... the unofficial nickname... c/o Australia:

the F-35 Baby Seal

Image

Unread postPosted: 23 Sep 2008, 00:08
by lampshade111
Tim wrote:
F-35 Falcon II?

Surely you jest? :nono:


If you ignore the greater weight I suppose. Than again nobody ever really used the Fighting Falcon name. F-35 SuperViper perhaps?

Unread postPosted: 23 Sep 2008, 00:25
by StolichnayaStrafer
How about Orca?

Unread postPosted: 23 Sep 2008, 10:56
by JoeSambor
FLUBBER!! FLUBBER!! FLUBBER!!

Unread postPosted: 23 Sep 2008, 19:58
by Smithsguy
lampshade111 wrote:
Tim wrote:
F-35 Falcon II?

Surely you jest? :nono:


If you ignore the greater weight I suppose. Than again nobody ever really used the Fighting Falcon name. F-35 SuperViper perhaps?


Millenium Falcon? :D

Unread postPosted: 23 Sep 2008, 21:13
by Tim
Millenium Falcon?

:lmao: I don't care who you are, That's funny right there!

Unread postPosted: 24 Sep 2008, 04:05
by asiatrails
Tim wrote:Millenium Falcon?

:lmao: I don't care who you are, That's funny right there!


I agree, let's stretch this line:

A beat up freighter with massive acceleration and limited internal weapons. Compared to a bomb truck with massive acceleration and limited internal weapons. Match

Smart flat panels with good SA tools: Match

Very furry co-pilot with high IQ: Fail, you would never get Chewy through the decompression chamber without a shave.

Well as Meatloaf sang: Two out of Three Ain't Bad

Nick-names for the F-35

Unread postPosted: 17 Jan 2013, 09:11
by gtx
Hi folks,

As we all know, often combat platforms get other names then what they are officially called. For example, the F-111 was The Pig for the RAAF, the F-100 was The Hun, F-105, the Thud and so forth.

Given this tradition, what are people's guesses or suggestions for the F-35 in service? I somehow doubt Lightning II will be used too often by those who fly or maintain it.

My suggestion is "The Battle Budgie" as in a Budgerigar. I always have thought its nose has a beak look to it. I also use this term as one of affection and think of it being a bit more like the Bludgerigar from the Swamp cartoon series:

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RE: Nick-names for the F-35

Unread postPosted: 17 Jan 2013, 09:24
by spazsinbad
AS350B Squirrel NickName in 723 Squadron RAN FAA 'Battle Budgie' actually went to sea for 1st Gulf War.

Unread postPosted: 17 Jan 2013, 10:04
by stobiewan
In UK service, the F35 already appears to have been christened "Dave" so we're sorted on that one at least :)

Unread postPosted: 17 Jan 2013, 11:01
by KamenRiderBlade
Why "Dave"?

What's the story behind that nickname?

Unread postPosted: 17 Jan 2013, 13:57
by munny
Most common?

Unread postPosted: 17 Jan 2013, 14:46
by m

Unread postPosted: 17 Jan 2013, 15:00
by vilters
"The Thief".

All it does is steal taxpayers money.

Does it show that I do not like it??
- Ugly as hell.
- Overweight as a Mc Donalds customer
- Drinks like a drunk.
- Not fast, nor lean or clean.
- And, more expensive then my wife. :-(

- And, all the chinese have been all over her :-)

Unread postPosted: 17 Jan 2013, 15:37
by Gums
Salute!

When you see the thing it reminds you of a short, fat Eagle.

I am trying to come up something that uses "STUB", "STUBBY", "BEAGLE" and so on...

Gums ponders....

Unread postPosted: 17 Jan 2013, 15:54
by cola
Image

Trollslayer?

Unread postPosted: 17 Jan 2013, 15:55
by fiskerwad
The USMC might be tempted to call theirs, Hoover.
My guess is that each variant will get its own name.
fisk

Unread postPosted: 17 Jan 2013, 17:56
by XanderCrews
I have heard Marine pilots in interviews call it "The B" Gums seems to have adopted this too. Makes me think we will see patches that look like this someday:

Image

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Unread postPosted: 17 Jan 2013, 18:58
by whitewhale
Iam not 100% sure why we UK folk call the B 'Dave' although I get the feeling its an insult possibly related to our Prime minister David 'call me Dave' Cameron. I have also heard it called 'Trigger' by a RAF tech who I play football with but again that's another insult as its named after Trigger from only fools and horses, a very... lets just say slow individual.

Unread postPosted: 17 Jan 2013, 21:07
by gtx
stobiewan wrote:In UK service, the F35 already appears to have been christened "Dave" so we're sorted on that one at least :)


I believe the Dave name is one that is meant to be derogatory and is used by those fools who want to criticise the F-35.

The mean it as in they believe the F-35 is plain and boring.

Unread postPosted: 17 Jan 2013, 21:10
by gtx
XanderCrews wrote:I have heard Marine pilots in interviews call it "The B" Gums seems to have adopted this too. Makes me think we will see patches that look like this someday:



Maybe it will become "The Killer Bee"? :D

Unread postPosted: 17 Jan 2013, 21:12
by gtx
cola wrote:Image

Trollslayer?


:applause:

Unread postPosted: 17 Jan 2013, 21:13
by XanderCrews
gtx wrote:
stobiewan wrote:In UK service, the F35 already appears to have been christened "Dave" so we're sorted on that one at least :)


I believe the Dave name is one that is meant to be derogatory and is used by those fools who want to criticise the F-35.

The mean it as in they believe the F-35 is plain and boring.


Unlike all those other beautiful fighters the UK has been churning out since 1957. :lol:

Unread postPosted: 17 Jan 2013, 21:22
by spazsinbad
'Dave' is not derogatory. Just a name so as to call the many named potential which became the F-35B something by the 'somebodies' in the UK - probably on pPrune. No big deal - just evidence of some Brit deadpan humour. They will probably call it 'Dave B' to be formal.

'The B' as used by the USMC seem to be the one for that variant as suggested by 'XanderCrews' (and 'Gums' and others) USMC? To be or not TO BEE! :D

Seems to me that 'SeaJet' for the F-35C or just plain 'C' (aka 'Sea') will get a Guernsey and it 'seams' to be in use also if not only on this forum by 'neppie' or 'poppy' or other druthers already. :roll:

Perhaps the notoriously fun-luvin' USN will go with the 'seal' as in....

Seal - Never Gonna Survive.wmv

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bnrUVuG4sOs

Unread postPosted: 17 Jan 2013, 21:32
by whitewhale
This is the best I could find for the first reference of 'Dave'.

http://www.pprune.org/military-aircrew/ ... e-jsf.html

And to be honest I do get a derogatory feel, especially given how other options were 'Pug Ugly XXXVII', 'The Turkey' and 'Prescott' (hugely expensive but not sure what it does) a reference to john prescott.

Unread postPosted: 17 Jan 2013, 21:39
by spazsinbad
'WhiteOvies' picked up on it 'Dave' along with the reference to HAL and the conversation between them 'Open the Pod Bay Doors HAL' - "I'm sorry DAVE". :D WhiteOvies (signifying an RN Engineer Officer on Deck (amongst other wearers of white but he is in all white overalls) is a credible source on pPrune along with a few others I could name but then is will be only IMHO. I would suggest that Brits share this 'deadseal' humour and the spelling there of and the understanding of it with the Ozzers and Canukers. Others may struggle but what the hell IMaHO. :twisted:

Unread postPosted: 17 Jan 2013, 22:39
by f-22lm
spazsinbad wrote:'Dave' is not derogatory. Just a name so as to call the many named potential which became the F-35B something by the 'somebodies' in the UK - probably on pPrune. No big deal - just evidence of some Brit deadpan humour. They will probably call it 'Dave B' to be formal.

'The B' as used by the USMC seem to be the one for that variant as suggested by 'XanderCrews' (and 'Gums' and others) USMC? To be or not TO BEE! :D

Seems to me that 'SeaJet' for the F-35C or just plain 'C' (aka 'Sea') will get a Guernsey and it 'seams' to be in use also if not only on this forum by 'neppie' or 'poppy' or other druthers already. :roll:

Perhaps the notoriously fun-luvin' USN will go with the 'seal' as in....

Seal - Never Gonna Survive.wmv

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bnrUVuG4sOs
Spaz, can you tell me where did the pic from? :lol:

Unread postPosted: 18 Jan 2013, 00:07
by spazsinbad
The Google string 'F-35 Clubbed Like Baby Seals' will bring a few results and onesuchbelow:

Joint Strike Fighters ‘Clubbed’ in Computer War Game By David Axe 15 Sep 2008

http://www.wired.com/dangerroom/2008/09 ... alth-figh/

"A U.S. air-warfare simulation pitting F-35 Joint Strike Fighters versus the latest Russian Su-35 heavy fighters resulted in a clear victory … for the Russians. "The JSF had been clubbed like baby seals by the simulated Sukhois," one Australian opposition politician said, quoting a source close to the simulation...."
____________________

Defence Business: The continuing JSF debate ADM Nov 08
01 Nov 2008

http://www.australiandefence.com.au/60D ... 50568C22C9

"As a response to the latest criticism of the Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) the entertaining people of Lockheed produced artwork for what appears to be a shoulder patch or perhaps a bumper sticker featuring a baby seal with a club declaring: “F-35 Fighting Seal - this baby clubs back.”
A Special Correspondent Canberra
_____________________

Statement Regarding Media Coverage of F-35 Joint Strike Fighter

http://www.rand.org/news/press/2008/09/25.html

Andrew Hoehn, Director of RAND Project Air Force, made the following statement today: Thursday September 25, 2008

“Recently, articles have appeared in the Australian press with assertions regarding a war game in which analysts from the RAND Corporation were involved. Those reports are not accurate. RAND did not present any analysis at the war game relating to the performance of the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter, nor did the game attempt detailed adjudication of air-to-air combat. Neither the game nor the assessments by RAND in support of the game undertook any comparison of the fighting qualities of particular fighter aircraft.”

Unread postPosted: 18 Jan 2013, 00:08
by count_to_10
Penguin?
Tuxedo?
Blowfish?
C-lion?
C-hag?
Puffin?
Whale?

Unread postPosted: 18 Jan 2013, 16:11
by fiskerwad
Lambo?
with a remote control for opening.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dLFPCBdUoWQ
fisk

Unread postPosted: 18 Jan 2013, 18:09
by SnakeHandler
Maybe we should call it "The ROK." Much like the peninsula, it's close, but it's just not quite right.

Unread postPosted: 19 Jan 2013, 01:22
by popcorn
The "Hobbit"?
Unimposing on the outside but with excellent qualities that will,see,it triumph in the end. :D

Unread postPosted: 19 Jan 2013, 18:16
by sferrin
"Canard Killer" :lol:

Unread postPosted: 19 Jan 2013, 20:59
by gtx
popcorn wrote:The Hobbit?


Only for the Kiwi ones... 8)

Unread postPosted: 19 Jan 2013, 21:19
by spazsinbad
'gtx' said: "Only for the Kiwi ones" Yep for the 'FantasyIsland' Lightning IIs. Will be a great upgrade for their present AirForce.

Unread postPosted: 20 Jan 2013, 02:50
by popcorn
"Cosmo"?

Derived from Gum's "cosmic" ...

Unread postPosted: 20 Jan 2013, 05:45
by neurotech
spazsinbad wrote:'gtx' said: "Only for the Kiwi ones" Yep for the 'FantasyIsland' Lightning IIs. Will be a great upgrade for their present AirForce.

I thought those RNZAF F-16s became part of the (US) Naval Air Force :D

Last time I checked, they didn't have a combat air force (Post A-4K decommissioning), and those F-16s were actually pretty cheap for their intended role, and their virtually as-new condition.

Unread postPosted: 20 Jan 2013, 06:00
by Ztex
I saw this "Shocker" patch on FC.

Shocker as in Lightning? Electric Shock? or Shocker...as in...well...the hand gesture? :oops:

http://www.fencecheck.com/forums/index. ... #msg305265

Unread postPosted: 20 Jan 2013, 07:33
by spazsinbad

Unread postPosted: 20 Jan 2013, 16:08
by count_to_10
"Shocker" seems appropriate.

Unread postPosted: 22 Mar 2013, 16:13
by firstimpulse
Shocker might be a better name than Viper. Seriously, it's awesome... :shock:

Unread postPosted: 22 Mar 2013, 16:33
by johnwill
Following the BUFF and the SLUF, why not FLUF? The first F could be Fantastic or Fat, depending on your viewpoint.

Unread postPosted: 22 Mar 2013, 16:48
by qslim
I've heard a few USMC pilots here at Eglin call the B model the "Wizzo Shredder".

Unread postPosted: 22 Mar 2013, 17:01
by linkomart
johnwill wrote:Following the BUFF and the SLUF, why not FLUF? The first F could be Fantastic or Fat, depending on your viewpoint.


++

Unread postPosted: 22 Mar 2013, 17:08
by strykerxo
popcorn wrote:Cosmo?
Derived from Gum's "cosmic" ..

In respect to the tech, how about "Gizmo"

Unread postPosted: 23 Mar 2013, 09:15
by kiwidingo
neurotech wrote:
spazsinbad wrote:'gtx' said: "Only for the Kiwi ones" Yep for the 'FantasyIsland' Lightning IIs. Will be a great upgrade for their present AirForce.

I thought those RNZAF F-16s became part of the (US) Naval Air Force :D

Last time I checked, they didn't have a combat air force (Post A-4K decommissioning), and those F-16s were actually pretty cheap for their intended role, and their virtually as-new condition.


It was about 1998 and the A4s were to be replaced with F16s. At the same time an embargo was put on exports to Pakistan so we were offerred 20 F16s "at cost". Unfortunately there was then a change in government and the deal was cancelled. We still have an airforce, just no fighters.

As for the F35s nickname I suggest the most ferocious of all animals, the Honey Badger.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4r7wHMg5Yjg

Unread postPosted: 23 Mar 2013, 09:24
by KamenRiderBlade
How about "Cerberus" since the F-35 is supposed to serve 3 branches of the US military which can be analogous to the 3 heads of the mythical creature?

Unread postPosted: 26 Mar 2013, 12:26
by mixelflick
I'd call it "The Compromise", LOL.

In all candor, the F-35 is growing on me. It'd grow alot faster, if LM would divulge a bit more about the "secret" edge it has in A2A combat, a more powerful engine allowing for true super-cruise etc..

Dunno. If it lives up to the billing, it'll completely revolutionize air combat/warfare. For the sake of our men in uniform, I sure hope so...

Unread postPosted: 26 Mar 2013, 12:33
by count_to_10
Would that make a damaged F-35 "Compromised"?

Unread postPosted: 26 Mar 2013, 21:52
by mixelflick
Likely. We'd sell those to Canada for cheap though... :)

Unread postPosted: 01 Apr 2013, 02:58
by spazsinbad
Thanks to the chap ['kiwidingo': http://www.f-16.net/index.php?name=PNph ... nja#249148 ] who mentioned 'Samurai' elsewhere. I'll go for NINJA "The 'NINJA' - Paint it BLACK!" :D

Koga-ryu
Koga-ryu ("School of Koga"; occasionally spelled "Koka" in English) is an ancient school of ninjutsu. It originated from the region of Koga (modern Koga City in Shiga Prefecture). Members of the Koga school of shinobi (ninja) are trained in disguise, escape, concealment, explosives, medicines and poison; moreover, they are experts in techniques of unarmed combat (Taijutsu) and in the use of various weapons....

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/K%C5%8Dga-ry%C5%AB

Unread postPosted: 01 Apr 2013, 03:36
by KamenRiderBlade
How about call it "Jack Bauer"

Always comes through in a hopelessly at odds situation?

Unread postPosted: 01 Apr 2013, 03:41
by lookieloo
"Ninja" sounds a bit over-the-top. However, "Koga" might work as a simple two-syllable word that only a few nerds would comprehend (like the BSG Viper) and might also have the added benefit of flattering a wealthy foreign customer.

Unread postPosted: 01 Apr 2013, 04:01
by spazsinbad
If you were a kid in the early 1960s you would know that 'ninja' is not over the top at all: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Samurai_(TV_series) The KOGA ninja were the baddies - whilst the IGA ninja with Tombie the Mist along with SHINTARO (the Samurai) were the good guys. I'll go bad black hat stealth any day. :D "...Tombei is a master of disguise, skilled with shuriken, swords (using the reverse-grip technique) and scaling hooks, also able to call-in the additional Men of Iga, and the two saved each other's lives numerous times. His outfit is a grey version of the shinobi shozoku Iga outfit (as opposed to the black-clad ninja opponents)..." IGA is another foreign SuperMarket outlet in Australia these days so I don't think that name would ever fly! :D

Maybe RONIN would be a good compromise but if youse cannot spell it then....

Unread postPosted: 02 Apr 2013, 17:11
by firstimpulse
I think Ronin would only be approriate for a plane that no one owned...

Unread postPosted: 06 Apr 2013, 01:22
by f-22lm
What about wolf? The F-35 in its future service would be traveling in a pack. :D

Unread postPosted: 06 Apr 2013, 01:39
by spazsinbad
The Brits could have 'WereWolvesOfLondon' AaaaOOOOoo.

Unread postPosted: 06 Apr 2013, 14:34
by count_to_10
spazsinbad wrote:The Brits could have 'WereWolvesOfLondon' AaaaOOOOoo.

Oddly enough, that was just what I was thinking.

Unread postPosted: 06 Apr 2013, 20:21
by gtx
Oh look , a new troll...

Unread postPosted: 06 Apr 2013, 20:45
by leadsled
gtx wrote:Oh look , a new troll...


Sorry, I did not mean it to come off that way. For a long time I was an F-35 true believer. But at this point, 2nd spec lowering, approaching a decade late, unit costs headed north of $200m, etc., we have to face the reality that the thing is looking a little FUBAR.

Unread postPosted: 06 Apr 2013, 20:55
by XanderCrews
I like "Crow" for the F-35C. The navy sees it as a "black bird" bringing ill portent and I see it as a symbol of death so it works for people who love it and hate it. 8)


if the F-35B is the Bee yo could get really punny and call it "the Sea"

vilters wrote:- And, more expensive then my wife. :-(

- And, all the chinese have been all over her :-)


Your wife have a thing for Chinese men? :lol:

Unread postPosted: 07 Apr 2013, 01:15
by count_to_10
"Crow"? As in "Someone is going to have to eat..."?

Unread postPosted: 07 Apr 2013, 01:19
by lookieloo
leadsled wrote:
gtx wrote:Oh look , a new troll...


Sorry, I did not mean it to come off that way. For a long time I was an F-35 true believer. But at this point, 2nd spec lowering, approaching a decade late, unit costs headed north of $200m, etc., we have to face the reality that the thing is looking a little FUBAR.
Sooo... you're a *concern troll* then.

Unread postPosted: 07 Apr 2013, 01:29
by VarkVet
F-35 … F designates furlough or feinstein :oops:

Unread postPosted: 07 Apr 2013, 09:58
by XanderCrews
count_to_10 wrote:"Crow"? As in "Someone is going to have to eat..."?


I had not considered that, :lol: but its a bonus. Now I'm going to try and make Crow "happen" in all the F-35C threads in the sad hope it might actually catch on (doubting it)

Unread postPosted: 07 Apr 2013, 12:49
by count_to_10
Quoth the Raven...

Unread postPosted: 07 Apr 2013, 13:37
by spazsinbad
The Crow

Unread postPosted: 08 Apr 2013, 09:02
by lookieloo
count_to_10 wrote:Quoth the Raven...
... "nevermore!"

How about "Old Crow"?

Unread postPosted: 08 Apr 2013, 20:44
by firstimpulse
lookieloo wrote:
count_to_10 wrote:Quoth the Raven...
... "nevermore!"

How about "Old Crow"?


Calling the F-35 a modern P-51?

http://www.roushaviation.com/Portals/4/ ... d-Crow.jpg

Unread postPosted: 18 Apr 2013, 06:17
by jestarbuck
Bugzapper

Unread postPosted: 24 Jun 2013, 16:38
by BDF
The one I've heard recently is the less than flattering "Fat kid with magic pants". The Raptor has similarly garnered a couple too; Toucan Sam and The Rapist.

Unread postPosted: 24 Jun 2013, 18:42
by sferrin
BDF wrote:The one I've heard recently is the less than flattering "Fat kid with magic pants". The Raptor has similarly garnered a couple too; Toucan Sam and The Rapist.


Why "Toucan Sam"?

Unread postPosted: 24 Jun 2013, 22:37
by count_to_10
Is "The Rapist" what the F-16 and F-15 pilots call the Raptor after going up against it in mock combat?

Unread postPosted: 25 Jun 2013, 22:23
by BDF
sferrin wrote:
BDF wrote:The one I've heard recently is the less than flattering "Fat kid with magic pants". The Raptor has similarly garnered a couple too; Toucan Sam and The Rapist.


Why "Toucan Sam"?


Why Fat Kid With Magic Pants? Who the hell knows! Actually I think the F-35's nickname comes from its stubby appearance and "cosmic" avionics. I don't remember specifically. The F-22 has also been called the pelican (from the front it looks like a pelican skimming over the water with that anhedral shape to its wings). It's also been called the boat (cause of the tubby appearance of the aft fuselage) and also the showboat because of it's early readiness problems. I vaguely recall that the Toucan sam reference is to the distinctive appearance to its radome but I could be completely wrong.

Unread postPosted: 25 Jun 2013, 22:27
by BDF
count_to_10 wrote:Is "The Rapist" what the F-16 and F-15 pilots call the Raptor after going up against it in mock combat?


Essentially yes. 'Turns up its own a$$ and kills everything' is an associated slogan that I've heard so calling it The Rapist is much like in video games when someone is dominated the opposing teams he's "raping" them.

Unread postPosted: 25 Jun 2013, 22:39
by spazsinbad

Unread postPosted: 10 Jul 2013, 14:47
by Ztex
Image

Unread postPosted: 31 Jul 2013, 07:08
by spazsinbad

Re: F-35 Unofficial nickname

Unread postPosted: 19 Nov 2013, 07:10
by Corsair1963
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Unread postPosted: 02 Jan 2014, 07:12
by stereospace
gtx wrote:
XanderCrews wrote:I have heard Marine pilots in interviews call it "The B" Gums seems to have adopted this too. Makes me think we will see patches that look like this someday:


Maybe it will become "The Killer Bee"? :D


Killer Bee is awesome. Like that a lot. Sea Bee would work too. For the 'A', I like Ghost.

Re: F-35 Unofficial nickname

Unread postPosted: 03 Jan 2014, 20:32
by gtx
Maybe someone needs to reintroduce the Bumble Bee (or Killer Bee) from VA-176?

a-1-h-skyrider-va-176-na-02.jpg

Re: F-35 Unofficial nickname

Unread postPosted: 03 Jan 2014, 22:53
by spazsinbad
WWII USS Wasp

Re: F-35 Unofficial nickname

Unread postPosted: 05 Jan 2014, 20:44
by mixelflick
How about the F-35 Ninja?

Lots of tricks up its sleeve, and stealthy...

Re: F-35 Unofficial nickname

Unread postPosted: 05 Jan 2014, 21:32
by spazsinbad
Some discussion of 'Ninja', 'Ronin' etc. on page 8 here - scroll down: viewtopic.php?f=22&t=10794&start=105

Re: F-35 Unofficial nickname

Unread postPosted: 07 Jan 2014, 05:56
by Corsair1963
Would have to be a good name to work with "Raptor".

Re: F-35 Unofficial nickname

Unread postPosted: 07 Jan 2014, 07:59
by popcorn
Rapture?

Re: F-35 Unofficial nickname

Unread postPosted: 08 Jan 2014, 02:08
by count_to_10
"Pidgin" would probably work better under that theory.

Re: F-35 Unofficial nickname

Unread postPosted: 08 Jan 2014, 04:38
by rotosequence
count_to_10 wrote:"Pidgin" would probably work better under that theory.


Or we could just call them Tits... :lol:

Image

Re: F-35 Unofficial nickname

Unread postPosted: 08 Jan 2014, 04:55
by popcorn
rotosequence wrote:
count_to_10 wrote:"Pidgin" would probably work better under that theory.


Or we could just call them Tits... :lol:

Image

Hmm.. fat and chubby, not nearly enough wing, limited rear visibility... Tits works for me :D

Re: F-35 Unofficial nickname

Unread postPosted: 08 Jan 2014, 05:10
by spazsinbad
That TIT looks like a B-2 to me - but hey have you ever seen a pair of 'em? :doh:

Re: F-35 Unofficial nickname

Unread postPosted: 17 Jan 2014, 03:03
by Corsair1963
How about "Hammer" as a nickname? :twisted:

Re: F-35 Unofficial nickname

Unread postPosted: 08 Feb 2014, 23:26
by spazsinbad
'Gums' likes the 'stubby' - some like the 'Bee' - so why not the STUBBEE - for the F-35B?

Re: F-35 Unofficial nickname

Unread postPosted: 09 Feb 2014, 01:18
by gtx
I actually like Tempest for the British ones... following on from Tornado and Typhoon...

Re: F-35 Unofficial nickname

Unread postPosted: 09 Feb 2014, 03:06
by spazsinbad
"...Tempest Light Fighter
The final development of the Tempest was designed as an improved lightweight Tempest for use against the light and agile types of Japanese fighters in the Far East. Known initially as the "Tempest Light Fighter" the aircraft was later officially named the "Fury" and "Sea Fury"."

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hawker_Tempest

Following on from the Tempest suggestion we could have: :mrgreen:
A: Fury
B: Bee Fury
C. Sea Fury

Re: F-35 Unofficial nickname

Unread postPosted: 10 Feb 2014, 22:03
by zero-one
What about SEALs (as in Navy SEALs)

SE-C variant
A-A variant
L-B variant

Re: F-35 Unofficial nickname

Unread postPosted: 13 Feb 2014, 06:57
by Corsair1963
How about the "HAMMER". :wink:

Re: F-35 Unofficial nickname

Unread postPosted: 13 Feb 2014, 07:06
by spazsinbad
On the recent video the F-35C wants to be called 'The Reaper' (because of 'The Grim Reapers') however it is too early to say with miles to go for a bunch of pilots from all persuasions to start getting a new moniker. Perhaps "Lewinski'? For Monica? :devil: :doh:

Re: F-35 Unofficial nickname

Unread postPosted: 13 Feb 2014, 10:05
by gtx
spazsinbad wrote:On the recent video the F-35C wants to be called 'The Reaper' (because of 'The Grim Reapers') however it is too early to say with miles to go for a bunch of pilots from all persuasions to start getting a new moniker. Perhaps "Lewinski'? For Monica? :devil: :doh:


I thought this one covered that nicely: http://www.aircraftresourcecenter.com/G ... ie/00.shtm

The F-32A has a variety of names, ranging from the official "Manta" to the unofficial "Guppy", or "Dub-U" (Double Ugly). One of the more common ones is "Monica", apparently in respect for a character of an old sitcom. Apparently, since whenever a crewmember is asked why "Monica" was chosen, they double over in laughter...

Re: F-35 Unofficial nickname

Unread postPosted: 14 Feb 2014, 21:26
by fighterdoc
GTX - that photo is hilarious. The squadron logo on Monicaa is the fighting redcocks!

Re: F-35 Unofficial nickname

Unread postPosted: 15 Feb 2014, 16:27
by delvo
The lipstick was a nice touch

Re: F-35 Unofficial nickname

Unread postPosted: 26 Feb 2014, 09:27
by Corsair1963
spazsinbad wrote:On the recent video the F-35C wants to be called 'The Reaper' (because of 'The Grim Reapers') however it is too early to say with miles to go for a bunch of pilots from all persuasions to start getting a new moniker. Perhaps "Lewinski'? For Monica? :devil: :doh:



If the shoe fits...... :twisted:

Re: F-35 Unofficial nickname

Unread postPosted: 27 Feb 2014, 16:46
by luke_sandoz
Nice imagery, real and animated


Re: F-35 Unofficial nickname

Unread postPosted: 28 Feb 2014, 22:20
by lowcountry_acro
How about 'Lead Sled'?

Re: F-35 Unofficial nickname

Unread postPosted: 28 Feb 2014, 22:45
by Corsair1963
Sounds like Reaper is gaining traction... Plus, it goes good with Raptor! :wink:

Re: F-35 Unofficial nickname

Unread postPosted: 01 Mar 2014, 04:24
by count_to_10
Corsair1963 wrote:Sounds like Reaper is gaining traction... Plus, it goes good with Raptor! :wink:

Look for reports of "clubbing opponents like baby seals" in exercises to put the nail in that coffin.

Re: F-35 Unofficial nickname

Unread postPosted: 01 Mar 2014, 09:22
by lookieloo
Actually, I rather like the unflattering "stubby" nickname. Eventually, it will serve as a sick-in-the-eye for critics who dubbed it so.

Re: F-35 Unofficial nickname

Unread postPosted: 01 Mar 2014, 15:58
by SnakeHandler
count_to_10 wrote:
Corsair1963 wrote:Sounds like Reaper is gaining traction... Plus, it goes good with Raptor! :wink:

Look for reports of "clubbing opponents like baby seals" in exercises to put the nail in that coffin.


Reaper has already been used by the MQ-9 as an official name so I seriously doubt it'll be used. I propose we call it the Carrera. Curvy lines, decently fast and excellent handling.

Re: F-35 Unofficial nickname

Unread postPosted: 02 Mar 2014, 02:51
by Corsair1963
count_to_10 wrote:
Corsair1963 wrote:Sounds like Reaper is gaining traction... Plus, it goes good with Raptor! :wink:

Look for reports of "clubbing opponents like baby seals" in exercises to put the nail in that coffin.



The RAND Report that you refer was dismissed years ago as having no validity........ :doh:

Re: F-35 Unofficial nickname

Unread postPosted: 02 Mar 2014, 02:55
by Corsair1963
SnakeHandler wrote:
count_to_10 wrote:
Corsair1963 wrote:Sounds like Reaper is gaining traction... Plus, it goes good with Raptor! :wink:

Look for reports of "clubbing opponents like baby seals" in exercises to put the nail in that coffin.


Reaper has already been used by the MQ-9 as an official name so I seriously doubt it'll be used. I propose we call it the Carrera. Curvy lines, decently fast and excellent handling.



Don't see that as a issue as "Reaper" would be the unofficial nickname like "Viper" is for the F-16 Fighting Falcon. In addition models of the F-4 and F/A-18 have both been referred as the Rhino. So, clearly a precedent has already been set... :wink:

Re: F-35 Unofficial nickname

Unread postPosted: 02 Mar 2014, 03:41
by count_to_10
Corsair1963 wrote:
count_to_10 wrote:
Corsair1963 wrote:Sounds like Reaper is gaining traction... Plus, it goes good with Raptor! :wink:

Look for reports of "clubbing opponents like baby seals" in exercises to put the nail in that coffin.



The RAND Report that you refer was dismissed years ago as having no validity........ :doh:

I thought the line "like clubbing baby seals" came from F-22 pilots talking about exercises with 4th get fighters. :|
Looking at what I wrote, maybe it was too ambiguous and used the wrong metaphor. I was talking about about easy simulated kills by F-35 pilots locking in a "reaper" nickname.

Re: F-35 Unofficial nickname

Unread postPosted: 02 Mar 2014, 03:51
by delvo
SnakeHandler wrote:Reaper has already been used by the MQ-9 as an official name so I seriously doubt it'll be used.
Not only is it the name of a drone, but also, it's pretty close to (and potentially derived from) the name of just one of the units that would end up flying the plane. How many people in one such unit can you picture ever using a nickname for their own planes that refers to some other unit that flies them?

Corsair1963 wrote:clearly a presence has already been set... :wink:
Precedent. Something which precedes.

Corsair1963 wrote:The RAND Report that you refer was dismissed years ago as having no validity........ :doh:
Not to mention not being a RAND report at all.

count_to_10 wrote:I thought the line "like clubbing baby seals" came from F-22 pilots talking about exercises with 4th get fighters. :|
I first heard of it in reference to F-22s flying against everybody else, but later got a couple of indications that it might have already been established fighter lingo before that.

Re: F-35 Unofficial nickname

Unread postPosted: 02 Mar 2014, 05:55
by smsgtmac
delvo wrote: I first heard of it in reference to F-22s flying against everybody else, but later got a couple of indications that it might have already been established fighter lingo before that.

The first time I heard it was at about the end of AMRAAM testing. One pilot referred to using the AMRAAM as "like clubbing baby seals...whomp! whomp! whomp!". People who weren't around then probably don't remember the growing pains that lasted until about 1990 or so. The GAO and Les Aspin (Spit) were beating up on the AMRAAM pretty good until what I thought (until up until that time) were 'impossible' success rates started occurring. I remember a test towards the end with something like 8 targets and 8 missiles in the air at once, and all 8 got kills, and another test where an AIM-7F and AMRAAM were launched in sequence to hit targets and prove they wouldn't interfere with each other. Soon after that testing, the AMRAAM started being called 'The Slammer', which really mucked up Boeing marketeers who were promoting the SLAM-ER and trying to get the 'Slammer' phonetic associated with their product. Wish it had been in the field for Desert Storm, but at least then the AIM-7Fs atoned for any deficiencies of earlier Sparrows.

Re: F-35 Unofficial nickname

Unread postPosted: 12 Mar 2014, 01:00
by zerion

Re: F-35 Unofficial nickname

Unread postPosted: 12 Mar 2014, 02:15
by smsgtmac
zerion wrote:The pilots seem to like Reaper.

http://defensetech.org/2014/03/11/f-35- ... th-reaper/


Be sure to 'up-vote' my comment under William_C1s. I'm sure I'm going to need it. Obviously slow news day. Grim Reapers lobbying for 'Reaper'. Who'da thunk it?

Re: F-35 Unofficial nickname

Unread postPosted: 12 Mar 2014, 04:05
by Corsair1963
smsgtmac wrote:
zerion wrote:The pilots seem to like Reaper.

http://defensetech.org/2014/03/11/f-35- ... th-reaper/


Be sure to 'up-vote' my comment under William_C1s. I'm sure I'm going to need it. Obviously slow news day. Grim Reapers lobbying for 'Reaper'. Who'da thunk it?




Name keeps coming up........

Re: F-35 Unofficial nickname

Unread postPosted: 12 Mar 2014, 10:31
by gtx
Maybe "Slayer" as an alternative to Reaper

Re: F-35 Unofficial nickname

Unread postPosted: 12 Mar 2014, 15:07
by southernphantom
I've seen 'Stubby' crop up a lot on here. Not sure how well it would fly, though...

Re: F-35 Unofficial nickname

Unread postPosted: 12 Mar 2014, 19:00
by SnakeHandler
I'd push for Honey Badger, or just Badger for short.

Re: F-35 Unofficial nickname

Unread postPosted: 12 Mar 2014, 19:15
by spazsinbad
How 'bout 'ARMAGEDDON'? "Arm a Geddon Outta Here" for long. :devil:

Re: F-35 Unofficial nickname

Unread postPosted: 12 Mar 2014, 19:25
by Prinz_Eugn
"Serious-ish" names like Reaper just seem too cheeseball to me. Stubby seems more like the kind of thing that would stick.

Re: F-35 Unofficial nickname

Unread postPosted: 12 Mar 2014, 20:00
by Tinus
Mallard

Re: F-35 Unofficial nickname

Unread postPosted: 13 Mar 2014, 05:31
by neptune
I was impressed by the Ravens living in the Tower of London, and the American Indian lore "of a sly prankster" regarding our own American Ravens. I particularly struck a harmonious chord when discovering they hunt together to bring down a larger prey (similar to flying with a wingman).

Thus, I offer "The Raven".

I said, "art sure no craven, Ghastly grim and ancient Raven wandering from the Nightly shore-
Tell me what thy lordly name is on the Night's Plutonian shore!"

..Quoth the Raven, .."Nevermore."

The fate of those who oppose a flight of F-35s.

:2c:

Re: F-35 Unofficial nickname

Unread postPosted: 13 Mar 2014, 06:23
by popcorn
The F-35 has a lot of smarts so I think CROW fits..
Also, it's what the detractors are going to be eating soon enough. :D

Re: F-35 Unofficial nickname

Unread postPosted: 13 Mar 2014, 06:54
by spazsinbad
A mod crow is back here (scroll down): viewtopic.php?f=22&t=10794&start=120

Re: F-35 Unofficial nickname

Unread postPosted: 13 Mar 2014, 11:36
by popcorn
spazsinbad wrote:A mod crow is back here (scroll down): viewtopic.php?f=22&t=10794&start=120


:oops:

Re: F-35 Unofficial nickname

Unread postPosted: 13 Mar 2014, 19:16
by gtx
neptune wrote:Thus, I offer "The Raven".


:thumb:

Re: F-35 Unofficial nickname

Unread postPosted: 22 Mar 2014, 05:13
by gtx
Whilst hardly the most sexy of names, the F-35 does have a little of a look of a particular bird...so maybe "Pugnacious Puffin" :wink:

Re: F-35 Unofficial nickname

Unread postPosted: 31 Mar 2014, 18:43
by southernphantom
I've heard Stubby repeated more than a few times on here. I like it; it fits the VLO SLUF image that the F-35 really seems to be living up to.

Re: F-35 Unofficial nickname

Unread postPosted: 21 Apr 2014, 04:12
by Corsair1963
Reaper goes with Raptor and I've heard the former a number of times. Yet, only time will tell... :wink:

Re: F-35 Unofficial nickname

Unread postPosted: 24 Apr 2014, 23:05
by popcorn
Hannibal the Cannibal?

http://www.avionics-intelligence.com/to ... m?m_n=true

When it comes to world fighter production shares, "The F-35 is coming to eat us alive; there's no way to sugar-coat it.,The F-35 devouring everything....

Re: F-35 Unofficial nickname

Unread postPosted: 18 May 2014, 18:04
by archeman
popcorn wrote:The F-35 has a lot of smarts so I think CROW fits..
Also, it's what the detractors are going to be eating soon enough. :D


I was never very impressed by the foul and somehow ominous sound of the Crow murders that moved around my trees from time-to-time, they seemed clever but otherwise unimpressive creatures to me. Then one day on a walk across a wide field with high tension power lines I observed a pair of crows harassing a larger red tail hawk at the top of one of the line towers. Eventually they drove him off that perch and he quickly dove away from them. The crows were relentless however and it soon became apparent that while the Hawk could dive faster, the crows were clearly stronger climbers and agile enough to avoid the whirling talons of the hawk during diving attacks. After about 5 mins of circling and diving the hawk began to tire and the crows were clearly not tired at all. The altitude of the combat finally got down to ground level. The hawk eventually sought inglorious shelter under some bushes occasionally peeking out to keep an eye on his tormentors circling above.

The Crow is a serious fighter after all and not afraid to take on bigger killers.

Re: F-35 Unofficial nickname

Unread postPosted: 18 May 2014, 22:44
by popcorn
archeman wrote:
popcorn wrote:The F-35 has a lot of smarts so I think CROW fits..
Also, it's what the detractors are going to be eating soon enough. :D


I was never very impressed by the foul and somehow ominous sound of the Crow murders that moved around my trees from time-to-time, they seemed clever but otherwise unimpressive creatures to me. Then one day on a walk across a wide field with high tension power lines I observed a pair of crows harassing a larger red tail hawk at the top of one of the line towers. Eventually they drove him off that perch and he quickly dove away from them. The crows were relentless however and it soon became apparent that while the Hawk could dive faster, the crows were clearly stronger climbers and agile enough to avoid the whirling talons of the hawk during diving attacks. After about 5 mins of circling and diving the hawk began to tire and the crows were clearly not tired at all. The altitude of the combat finally got down to ground level. The hawk eventually sought inglorious shelter under some bushes occasionally peeking out to keep an eye on his tormentors circling above.

The Crow is a serious fighter after all and not afraid to take on bigger killers.

Great example of Cooperative Engagement. :D

Re: F-35 Unofficial nickname

Unread postPosted: 24 May 2014, 11:19
by uclass
A - Aardvark II
B - Cyclone
C - Mongoose

Re: F-35 Unofficial nickname

Unread postPosted: 25 May 2014, 00:31
by meatshield
In Australial we have a lot of snakes that can kill you. We have 9 of the worlds top 10 deadliest snakes. One in particular that scares the hell out of people and that is the Death Adder. Everyone just calls them Adders.

They pretty much make bush walking an extreme sport!

I submit the following name...

The F35 Death Adder!!! :twisted:

Shortened to just ADDER

From Wikipedia

Death adders are very viper-like in appearance, having a short, robust body, triangular shaped heads and small subocular scales. They also have vertical pupils and many small scales on the top of the head. Their fangs are also longer and more mobile than for most other elapids, although still far from the size seen in some of the true vipers. Despite their name, they are not related to adders, which are members of the family Viperidae, and their similar appearance is due to convergent evolution.

A death adder can go from a strike position, to strike and envenoming their prey, and back to strike position again, in less than 0.15 seconds.[3]

Re: F-35 Unofficial nickname

Unread postPosted: 25 May 2014, 01:05
by count_to_10
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Argus_Panoptes
Argus, the "all seeing" 100 eyed giant of myth.

Re: F-35 Unofficial nickname

Unread postPosted: 25 May 2014, 09:50
by uclass
count_to_10 wrote:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Argus_Panoptes
Argus, the "all seeing" 100 eyed giant of myth.

Name is already taken (as is Adder).


Re: F-35 Unofficial nickname

Unread postPosted: 25 May 2014, 12:34
by popcorn
Jetzilla

Re: F-35 Unofficial nickname

Unread postPosted: 25 May 2014, 17:09
by smsgtmac
popcorn wrote:Jetzilla

From your mouth to the operators ears! :thumb:

"Oh no, the 4th Gen's got to go, go go Jetzilla" (Apologies to Blue Oyster Cult)

Re: F-35 Unofficial nickname

Unread postPosted: 25 May 2014, 20:26
by uclass
Spreykilla

Re: F-35 Unofficial nickname

Unread postPosted: 25 May 2014, 23:13
by ChippyHo
Sluff 2

Woops - I forgot to read the 1 page - but i definitely think Sluff is bang on!!

Re: F-35 Unofficial nickname

Unread postPosted: 26 May 2014, 05:35
by Corsair1963
Juggernaut

Re: F-35 Unofficial nickname

Unread postPosted: 26 May 2014, 19:45
by gtx
Not so much a nickname but still amusing:

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Re: F-35 Unofficial nickname

Unread postPosted: 14 Jun 2014, 01:44
by mixelflick
I like Gum's "Stubby".

Not very flattering, but it kinda' stuck with me LOL. I'll say this: It's growing on me. It looks borderline mean with external stores, especially those 9x's

Re: F-35 Unofficial nickname

Unread postPosted: 09 Jul 2014, 17:40
by KamenRiderBlade
How about this nickname the "ComPlat"

Since the F-35 / JSF is a "Common Platform" for the future
The platform that spawned 3 variants with mostly shared parts out of a basic common chasis / design platform
The platform that is shared between us and our NATO allies

We can shorten the nick name to the "ComPlat".

Re: F-35 Unofficial nickname

Unread postPosted: 09 Jul 2014, 18:37
by SnakeHandler
Since the last two joint aircraft programs were the Phantom and the Aardvark, how about we call it the Invisible Anteater? :wink:

Re: F-35 Unofficial nickname

Unread postPosted: 09 Jul 2014, 19:05
by spazsinbad
GHOST for short then?

Re: F-35 Unofficial nickname

Unread postPosted: 10 Jul 2014, 18:22
by uclass
Cyclone

Actually I think it works perfectly as it is.

Typhoon
Lightning
...and soon...
Taranis - Thunder God

Who says we don't do defence planning? :D

Re: F-35 Unofficial nickname

Unread postPosted: 10 Jul 2014, 20:41
by lookieloo
gtx wrote:Not so much a nickname but still amusing:

Image

"WOPR" would work.

Re: F-35 Unofficial nickname

Unread postPosted: 11 Jul 2014, 21:08
by uclass
Necro-monger

Re: F-35 Unofficial nickname

Unread postPosted: 11 Jul 2014, 21:11
by spazsinbad
Neuromancer/ShockwaveRider...

Re: F-35 Unofficial nickname

Unread postPosted: 12 Jul 2014, 01:09
by count_to_10
Banshie

Re: F-35 Unofficial nickname

Unread postPosted: 12 Jul 2014, 02:33
by disconnectedradical
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

Re: F-35 Unofficial nickname

Unread postPosted: 12 Jul 2014, 02:55
by KamenRiderBlade
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?

Re: F-35 Unofficial nickname

Unread postPosted: 12 Jul 2014, 03:46
by count_to_10
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)

Re: F-35 Unofficial nickname

Unread postPosted: 12 Jul 2014, 04:03
by h-bomb
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.

Re: F-35 Unofficial nickname

Unread postPosted: 12 Jul 2014, 04:45
by KamenRiderBlade
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?

Re: F-35 Unofficial nickname

Unread postPosted: 12 Jul 2014, 04:52
by spazsinbad
There were a zillion names available but 'Lady GaGa' did not compute so they picked 'RHINO'. So what?

Re: F-35 Unofficial nickname

Unread postPosted: 12 Jul 2014, 05:28
by KamenRiderBlade
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.

Re: F-35 Unofficial nickname

Unread postPosted: 12 Jul 2014, 06:05
by spazsinbad
How weird is recyclingrecycling aircraft names? Try Lightning. Try Phantom. Try a bunch of others. Weird huh.

Re: F-35 Unofficial nickname

Unread postPosted: 12 Jul 2014, 12:31
by count_to_10
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.

Re: F-35 Unofficial nickname

Unread postPosted: 12 Jul 2014, 15:24
by blindpilot
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....

BP
Modern myths that may or may not be true .... or could just be made up ... who knows?

PS /end joke/ but to tell the truth the joke probably has a lot of truth in it!

Re: F-35 Unofficial nickname

Unread postPosted: 12 Jul 2014, 17:24
by spazsinbad
: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:

Re: F-35 Unofficial nickname

Unread postPosted: 12 Jul 2014, 20:05
by gtx
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.

Re: F-35 Unofficial nickname

Unread postPosted: 12 Jul 2014, 22:16
by count_to_10
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.

Re: F-35 Unofficial nickname

Unread postPosted: 14 Jul 2014, 01:52
by popcorn

Re: F-35 Unofficial nickname

Unread postPosted: 30 Aug 2014, 12:03
by uclass
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.

Re: F-35 Unofficial nickname

Unread postPosted: 01 Sep 2014, 07:01
by edpop
Double Ugly also comes to mind for the Phantom, also The Flying Brick... personally I don't think it is but that's just me!

Re: F-35 Unofficial nickname

Unread postPosted: 02 Sep 2014, 04:43
by Corsair1963
Reaper is already the unofficial nickname....

Re: F-35 Unofficial nickname

Unread postPosted: 02 Sep 2014, 05:08
by zero-one
Usually names with numbers (i.e. Phantom II, Thunderbolt II, Lightning II,) never catch up,
Long names don't do so well either (i.e. Fighting Falcon, Stratofortress, Super Hornet)

So it has to be short, the plane has to look like it's name, and please NO NUMBERS!!!

the "double" in the "double ugly" defies these laws

Re: F-35 Unofficial nickname

Unread postPosted: 02 Sep 2014, 05:19
by KamenRiderBlade
Somebody really needs to ask the F-35 Test Pilots what the F-35's nickname is?

Re: F-35 Unofficial nickname

Unread postPosted: 20 Oct 2014, 13:17
by uclass
Fat Falcon. :P

Re: F-35 Unofficial nickname

Unread postPosted: 23 Oct 2014, 13:24
by dan725
As for the B model, why not just "Bee?" It certainly looks like one when the engine starts rotating downwards.

It looks like it's about to sting something. Bee.

Re: F-35 Unofficial nickname

Unread postPosted: 23 Oct 2014, 14:09
by sprstdlyscottsmn
Stubby, Bee, and Sea are how I refer to them, and how I will continue to refer to them until the military makes up their own nickname.

Re: F-35 Unofficial nickname

Unread postPosted: 27 Nov 2014, 11:18
by Corsair1963
Reaper is sounding better and better.... :doh:

Re: F-35 Unofficial nickname

Unread postPosted: 27 Nov 2014, 15:39
by count_to_10
I wouldn't be surprised if it ends up being called "Penguin" in some circles, just on the basis of looks.
Happy Feet?

Re: F-35 Unofficial nickname

Unread postPosted: 10 Dec 2014, 20:17
by spazsinbad
:twisted: :roll: I'm always gobsmacked by usually Amerikans spullin' "LIGHTNING" as 'Lightening' but nothing really surprises me anymore about anything to do with the F-35 and all the junk on the internet about it. So ending my little rave I was 'BOWLED OVER' by this little tidbit on the 'Official USAF' website. I frickin' give up man. :doh: :mrgreen: :devil: NOT A BAD NickNAMEbut! :P
DOD official discusses F-35 at Farnborough Air Show
14 Jul 2014 Jim Garamone, DOD News, Defense Media Activity

"Safety is the first consideration in whether the F-35 Thunderbolt II joint strike fighter appears at the Farnborough Air Show in England this week, a senior Defense Department official said July 14."

Source: http://www.af.mil/News/tabid/124/Tag/28 ... ng-ii.aspx
THEN: http://www.af.mil/News/ArticleDisplay/t ... -show.aspx

Re: F-35 Unofficial nickname

Unread postPosted: 11 Dec 2014, 07:51
by madrat
F-35A is the AWFUL. Awful this and awful that, but it's all we got now.

F-35B is the BARAK. Lots of promises, lots of contradictions getting there.

F-35C is the CHUBBY. The big wing should have made it superior to the others, but it got so fat its really no better.

Re: F-35 Unofficial nickname

Unread postPosted: 12 Dec 2014, 11:53
by Corsair1963
madrat wrote:F-35A is the AWFUL. Awful this and awful that, but it's all we got now.

F-35B is the BARAK. Lots of promises, lots of contradictions getting there.

F-35C is the CHUBBY. The big wing should have made it superior to the others, but it got so fat its really no better.



Obviously, your mother never taught you manners..... :doh:

Re: F-35 Unofficial nickname

Unread postPosted: 12 Dec 2014, 12:34
by f35phixer
The Air Boss on Nimitz called her RAVEN during cats and traps.....

Re: F-35 Unofficial nickname

Unread postPosted: 12 Dec 2014, 18:38
by sprstdlyscottsmn
Raven huh? might end up being a tad confusing for the non military since the EF-111 was the Raven. First official word on un-official nicknames though. She is one smart bird.

Re: F-35 Unofficial nickname

Unread postPosted: 13 Dec 2014, 04:53
by Corsair1963
f35phixer wrote:The Air Boss on Nimitz called her RAVEN during cats and traps.....



Give he give a reason...

Re: F-35 Unofficial nickname

Unread postPosted: 13 Dec 2014, 05:20
by neurotech
sprstdlyscottsmn wrote:Raven huh? might end up being a tad confusing for the non military since the EF-111 was the Raven. First official word on un-official nicknames though. She is one smart bird.

The Navy had former F-4 pilots in F/A-18F "Rhino" jets as test pilots (O-6 Captain by then). It looked pretty funny when they put their old F-4 "Rhino" patches back on their flight suit as a joke.

I'd heard Raven being used in connection with the F-35C, and one of the senior test pilots callsign is "Raven" so that might have something to do with it. Raven does have a nice sound to it.

Re: F-35 Unofficial nickname

Unread postPosted: 13 Dec 2014, 08:38
by spazsinbad
'Raven' is the RQ-11 UAS these days: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/AeroVironment_RQ-11_Raven

Re: F-35 Unofficial nickname

Unread postPosted: 13 Dec 2014, 15:26
by delvo
There needs to be a ban on aircraft names indicating birds or disturbed weather for a generation.

Re: F-35 Unofficial nickname

Unread postPosted: 05 Feb 2015, 15:47
by billsmith
F-35 "Ghost" or use a old WW-2 Squadron name: “Grim Reaper”

Re: F-35 Unofficial nickname

Unread postPosted: 05 Feb 2015, 17:06
by sprstdlyscottsmn
  • Birds (Eagle, Raven, Falcon, Raptor, Nighthawk, Harrier)
  • Storms (Typhoon, Tornado, Lightning, Hurricane, Thunderbolt)
  • Spirits (Specter, Phantom, Spirit)
  • Ugly things (Aardvark, Warthog, Buff)
  • Cats (all Grumman fighters from F4F through F-14)
These are just common themes, it is what it is.

Re: F-35 Unofficial nickname

Unread postPosted: 05 Feb 2015, 20:31
by blindpilot
sprstdlyscottsmn wrote:...

Cats (all Grumman fighters from F4F through F-14)

These are just common themes, it is what it is.


Ok I think its time to put away the cats and choose dogs ... the cat people have had their day.

"Blue Tic Coonhound" or maybe something like that ... yeah that's the ticket ... you ever seen how persistant those dogs are at getting their prey? :drool:

BP

{Ooop I mean /sarcarsm ??? or /silliness?]

Re: F-35 Unofficial nickname

Unread postPosted: 05 Feb 2015, 22:47
by spazsinbad
:mrgreen: The F-35 fambly has caused such a stink already that it should be the SKUNK - and it goes wid de SKUNKwoiks. No? :devil:

Re: F-35 Unofficial nickname

Unread postPosted: 05 Feb 2015, 22:49
by sprstdlyscottsmn
:lmao: :lmao: :applause: :thumb:

Re: F-35 Unofficial nickname

Unread postPosted: 05 Feb 2015, 23:10
by Corsair1963
The only nickname being actively used by the US Military is Reaper but Navy Pilots from VFA-101 and other Test Pilots based at Eglin AFB. :doh:


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Re: F-35 Unofficial nickname

Unread postPosted: 05 Feb 2015, 23:17
by spazsinbad
Youse can be PUNKed (BVRed) by the SKUNK? REAPER is good for the USN Cee prolly given the origins of 'the Reaper Sqdn'.

Re: F-35 Unofficial nickname

Unread postPosted: 06 Feb 2015, 01:26
by delvo
What is a "buff"? (Not the plane, the "ugly thing" it's apparently being compared to.)

Re: F-35 Unofficial nickname

Unread postPosted: 06 Feb 2015, 03:14
by count_to_10
delvo wrote:What is a "buff"? (Not the plane, the "ugly thing" it's apparently being compared to.)

An acronym: Big Ugly Fat F***. AKA, the B-52 (but maybe some other planes, I'm not sure).

Re: F-35 Unofficial nickname

Unread postPosted: 07 Feb 2015, 02:09
by arrow-nautics
I still like the idea of "The Sparrow" due to it's stubbiness & its beak. Specifically the black sparrow but I doubt this idea makes it past this thread. It doesn't sound fierce enough & is the name of a missile.

Still, I like it

Re: F-35 Unofficial nickname

Unread postPosted: 07 Feb 2015, 02:59
by arrow-nautics
The black sparrow also has interesting wings. In this photograph I'm reminded of the F-35C's longer wing tails

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Here is an artistic side view of the sparrow in flight:

Re: F-35 Unofficial nickname

Unread postPosted: 07 Feb 2015, 04:04
by Corsair1963
spazsinbad wrote:Youse can be PUNKed (BVRed) by the SKUNK? REAPER is good for the USN Cee prolly given the origins of 'the Reaper Sqdn'.



Exactly...

Re: F-35 Unofficial nickname

Unread postPosted: 07 Feb 2015, 16:10
by count_to_10
Has anyone suggested "Pit Viper" yet?
You know, successor to the F-16 (Viper), with IR sensors?

Re: F-35 Unofficial nickname

Unread postPosted: 18 Mar 2015, 05:49
by spazsinbad
It is said that this twoworder is in vogue in some circles: Super Guppy
The Little “Fighter” That Couldn’t: Moral Hazard and the F-35
16 Mar 2015 Tony Carr

"...To lend additional texture to these accounts, I was able to get access to the observations of a current F-35 pilot. This person’s identity will not be shared here on the risk that s/he would be subject to swift and certain reprisal for speaking honestly about the airframe affectionately known as the “Super Guppy” in fighter pilot circles...."

Source: http://www.jqpublicblog.com/the-little- ... -the-f-35/

Re: F-35 Unofficial nickname

Unread postPosted: 18 Mar 2015, 06:24
by KamenRiderBlade
spazsinbad wrote:It is said that this twoworder is in vogue in some circles: Super Guppy
The Little “Fighter” That Couldn’t: Moral Hazard and the F-35
16 Mar 2015 Tony Carr

"...To lend additional texture to these accounts, I was able to get access to the observations of a current F-35 pilot. This person’s identity will not be shared here on the risk that s/he would be subject to swift and certain reprisal for speaking honestly about the airframe affectionately known as the “Super Guppy” in fighter pilot circles...."

Source: http://www.jqpublicblog.com/the-little- ... -the-f-35/


http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aero_Space ... uper_Guppy

Did somebody mention Supper Guppy?

Re:

Unread postPosted: 21 Mar 2015, 02:43
by cooldude2819
TankerTOAD wrote:I like F-35 Thruster, seeing how it has the most powerful engine ever fitted in a fighter.

F-35A Fighting Thruster
F-35B Land Thruster
F-35C Sea Thruster


whaddya guys think?

Re: F-35 Unofficial nickname

Unread postPosted: 21 Mar 2015, 05:10
by JetTest
I think it is past your bedtime......

Re: F-35 Unofficial nickname

Unread postPosted: 21 Mar 2015, 16:54
by cooldude2819
JetTest wrote:I think it is past your bedtime......


why should you care?

Re: F-35 Unofficial nickname

Unread postPosted: 28 Mar 2015, 04:06
by count_to_10
I suspect that opponents are going to be calling it various synonyms of "devil", "demon", "illegitimate son of a profane and non-human entity" or just plain "death" when they go up against it in a real conflict.

Re: F-35 Unofficial nickname

Unread postPosted: 28 Mar 2015, 05:19
by popcorn
Death Blossom (originally proposed for F-22 nickname)


Anyone know if the Raptor been conferred a nickname yet?

Re: F-35 Unofficial nickname

Unread postPosted: 28 Mar 2015, 06:53
by spazsinbad
:devil: F-22 namen for PoPcorn?: Froot Loops? Coco Pops? :mrgreen:

Re: RE: F-35 Unofficial nickname

Unread postPosted: 26 Apr 2015, 02:57
by f-35dsuperlightningiii
Obamanite wrote:SLUF: Short Little Ugly Fu*ker. The F-35 is more alike an A-7 than a Phantom, and was just as ugly yet functional.


Thats the X-32 bro, or the F-32 if it made production, its Short, its Little, its Ugly, & its ****** sh*t. The F-35 is practicly the same size as the F/A-18E/F.

Agreed though I look at the X-32 i see Boeing trying to revive the A-7 Corsair II, the main design seems based on the A-7 but with 5th Generation Stealth, it looks like it has no Aerodynamics, Internal Weapon Room, & looks like a friggin happy bathtub on steroids.

My names are more serious as mostly jokes (the flubbed joke was quite clever).
F-35A Stinger
F-35B Spiral
F-35C Strike
EF-35 Stormer (Proposed UK Name, due to them getting a major export supply of them)

Sincerely F-35D Super Lightning III.

Re: F-35 Unofficial nickname

Unread postPosted: 26 Apr 2015, 04:09
by sferrin
selvagor wrote:I propose : F-35, the filth generation Edsel :roll:


Threads like these seem to draw out the stupid people.

Re: F-35 Unofficial nickname

Unread postPosted: 27 Apr 2015, 02:05
by thomonkey
predator and reaper seem appropriate but those names are already taken.

Re: F-35 Unofficial nickname

Unread postPosted: 27 Apr 2015, 02:30
by Corsair1963
thomonkey wrote:predator and reaper seem appropriate but those names are already taken.



Considering the Name is "unofficial" doesn't matter if they are taken or not......

Re: F-35 Unofficial nickname

Unread postPosted: 27 Apr 2015, 02:36
by popcorn
Going retro... F-35 Jug

Re: F-35 Unofficial nickname

Unread postPosted: 27 Apr 2015, 03:20
by spazsinbad
:mrgreen: 'Jug' has connotations in some parts of America that require 'pitcher' to be substituted - such as a "Pitcher of Beer" in a bar in Colorado - rather than a 'Jug of Beer' (wot I would say in Oz). What I said nearly had me head punched in by irate male defenders of the female barkeep. Oh lordy. I guess the interbabble will have alternative meanings for 'jug(s)'. :doh:

Re: F-35 Unofficial nickname

Unread postPosted: 27 Apr 2015, 06:46
by hornetfinn
I would say Owl. They look fat and and somewhat unassuming but fly silently, are really difficult to see, can see better than anything (especially during night), have excellent and extremely accurate hearing and are just deadly predators. They can even see everything around them by swiveling their necks...

Re: F-35 Unofficial nickname

Unread postPosted: 27 Apr 2015, 07:11
by spazsinbad

Re: F-35 Unofficial nickname

Unread postPosted: 27 Apr 2015, 07:38
by popcorn
spazsinbad wrote::mrgreen: 'Jug' has connotations in some parts of America that require 'pitcher' to be substituted - such as a "Pitcher of Beer" in a bar in Colorado - rather than a 'Jug of Beer' (wot I would say in Oz). What I said nearly had me head punched in by irate male defenders of the female barkeep. Oh lordy. I guess the interbabble will have alternative meanings for 'jug(s)'. :doh:

An awesome pair of Jugs.

Re: F-35 Unofficial nickname

Unread postPosted: 27 Apr 2015, 07:39
by popcorn
hornetfinn wrote:I would say Owl. They look fat and and somewhat unassuming but fly silently, are really difficult to see, can see better than anything (especially during night), have excellent and extremely accurate hearing and are just deadly predators. They can even see everything around them by swiveling their necks...

I like it.. Hooters! :D

Re: F-35 Unofficial nickname

Unread postPosted: 27 Apr 2015, 07:41
by popcorn
may not be the best looking but by far the smartest... the F-35 Geek...

Re: F-35 Unofficial nickname

Unread postPosted: 27 Apr 2015, 07:58
by spazsinbad
:drool: :devil: ThunderBolt & Lightning (great movie) = JUGS & HOOTERS - nice segue. :mrgreen: :doh:

Re: F-35 Unofficial nickname

Unread postPosted: 27 Apr 2015, 08:15
by hornetfinn
popcorn wrote:
hornetfinn wrote:I would say Owl. They look fat and and somewhat unassuming but fly silently, are really difficult to see, can see better than anything (especially during night), have excellent and extremely accurate hearing and are just deadly predators. They can even see everything around them by swiveling their necks...

I like it.. Hooters! :D


LOL, wasn't thinking about that, but that's even better... :D

Re: F-35 Unofficial nickname

Unread postPosted: 27 Apr 2015, 11:26
by popcorn
spazsinbad wrote::drool: :devil: ThunderBolt & Lightning (great movie) = JUGS & HOOTERS - nice segue. :mrgreen: :doh:

You mean Thunderbolt and Lightfoot? Loved this scene.

Re: F-35 Unofficial nickname

Unread postPosted: 27 Apr 2015, 11:35
by spazsinbad
:mrgreen: It is like Crocodile Dundee: "This is a KNIFE"! :devil: http://cdn.meme.am/instances/500x/22033309.jpg

Re: F-35 Unofficial nickname

Unread postPosted: 29 Apr 2015, 19:39
by f-35dsuperlightningiii
the "nickname" is a thing not all planes get, unofficial names usually come from a derived early stage, or some kind of moment they had. for example, the UH-1 Iroquois was foundly named "Huey" after its early prodution name "HU-1". i imagine it wont get one unless its named after its "F-24" early designation. the F-22A Raptor & F/A-18 have yet/or never recieved a nickname. the P-38 Lightning had been named by Nazi Forces "Twin-Tailed Devil" so nicknames are not always givin.

Re: F-35 Unofficial nickname

Unread postPosted: 29 Apr 2015, 22:07
by spazsinbad
So you have never heard of the BUG?

Re: F-35 Unofficial nickname

Unread postPosted: 29 Apr 2015, 22:40
by sprstdlyscottsmn
I was wondering that myself.

Re: F-35 Unofficial nickname

Unread postPosted: 30 Apr 2015, 23:02
by geforcerfx
f-35dsuperlightningiii wrote:the "nickname" is a thing not all planes get, unofficial names usually come from a derived early stage, or some kind of moment they had. for example, the UH-1 Iroquois was foundly named "Huey" after its early prodution name "HU-1". i imagine it wont get one unless its named after its "F-24" early designation. the F-22A Raptor & F/A-18 have yet/or never recieved a nickname. the P-38 Lightning had been named by Nazi Forces "Twin-Tailed Devil" so nicknames are not always givin.


The F/A-18 family have nicknames. Bug for the legacy Hornets and Super Bug and Rhino for the E's and F's. Raptor was already a pretty awesome name so why not stick with it. I like the. Reaper suggestion by the navy officer. But might get confused with drone.

Re: F-35 Unofficial nickname

Unread postPosted: 01 May 2015, 00:13
by popcorn
YF-22 nickname was Lightning II. If they had stuck with it, maybe today we'd have the F-35 Raptor? lol

Re: F-35 Unofficial nickname

Unread postPosted: 01 May 2015, 07:42
by sdkf251
Jugs! I like that :D

I can just imagine the nicknames related to Jugs! like Parton, Upton, Spears, Anderson, .... :mrgreen:

However, realistically, we will have to wait for the actual operational guys to give it a nickname. (Fun speculating
though)

Re: F-35 Unofficial nickname

Unread postPosted: 01 May 2015, 16:56
by luke_sandoz
The Rachel


Re: F-35 Unofficial nickname

Unread postPosted: 01 May 2015, 19:17
by spazsinbad
:wtf: :mrgreen: How 'bout ZOO? for all the things that don't work - being conFUZED! :devil: :doh:

Re: F-35 Unofficial nickname

Unread postPosted: 07 May 2015, 23:26
by delvo
spazsinbad wrote:So you have never heard of the BUG?
geforcerfx wrote:Bug for the legacy hornets and super bug and rhino for the E's and F's.
I'll never understand why models E and later seem to have never been called "Big Bug".

Re: F-35 Unofficial nickname

Unread postPosted: 07 May 2015, 23:57
by 35_aoa
Contrary to popular belief, "bug" is not a nickname for the Hornet (or Super Hornet for that matter). It certainly is on the internet amongst aviation enthusiasts, but I've never heard it anywhere outside of that setting (ie in the community).....save maybe some long ago retired Tomcat guys, which is where I think the term came from in the first place. Most Navy folks will just call the Hornet the "charlie" (since operationally, that is all we fly), or in more generic terms, guys use the nickname "Legacy Hornet" to describe F/A-18A-D since the USMC flies A++ and D/D+/D-, and a few non-operational Navy organizations still fly the A/A+ and B/D.

Rhino however, is absolutely a real nickname, based on comm brevity requirements at the boat....ie you don't want a guy to call "Super Hornet ball", have the LSO's (and everyone else) only hear "Hornet", and now the lens and arresting gear are all set for a Hornet which can have some bad consequences (have seen that happen, though for a different reason)

Re: F-35 Unofficial nickname

Unread postPosted: 08 May 2015, 00:25
by popcorn
Clancy called it Plastic Bug IIRC.

Re: F-35 Unofficial nickname

Unread postPosted: 12 May 2015, 23:39
by Dragon029
Saw this one on Reddit today (the image comparison that is); F-35 Penguin?

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Re: F-35 Unofficial nickname

Unread postPosted: 30 May 2015, 01:55
by spazsinbad

Re: F-35 Unofficial nickname

Unread postPosted: 30 May 2015, 03:07
by delvo
Reminds me of Cthulhu... which starts with the right letter!

Re: F-35 Unofficial nickname

Unread postPosted: 30 May 2015, 04:41
by spazsinbad
I do not know who it is but that is the name on it: cthulhu-cthulu_00330093.jpg

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cthulhu

Re: F-35 Unofficial nickname

Unread postPosted: 30 May 2015, 06:10
by madrat
It's pure evil from the fourth dimension or something like that. The only cthulhu related thing even remotely interesting is the song by Metallica.

Re: F-35 Unofficial nickname

Unread postPosted: 05 Jun 2015, 03:42
by delvo
Cthulhu and krakken/cracken are pretty similar & related things. They're both huge horrifying destructive beasts from the sea, often depicted as an amalgam of human-like and squid-like parts, sometimes with some fish/reptile parts also thrown in. Kraken is from Greek mythology; it helped one group of gods defeat another in war and is the beast that was about to destroy the city in "Clash of the Titans". Cthulhu is a character from some novels by H P Lovecraft, probably inspired by the Krakken; some people have even been known to use "kraken" or "cracken" or such as the name of a species and "Cthulhu" as the name of an individual member of that species. HPL is known mostly as a modern science fiction & fantasy author who created a new mythology in which the world will eventually be demolished by gods of death & destruction who have spent the last few thousand years sleeping in some dark, cold, distant/deep, unknown place hidden from us (and all that we humans can hope for is to be taken quickly so we're spared the horror that awaits for those who survive too long).

Re: F-35 Unofficial nickname

Unread postPosted: 20 Jun 2015, 17:35
by spikef22
I really like stubby but I'm trying to come up with one for the penguin. But the nickname I came up with is" lightning bug" and "thunder fighter".

Re: F-35 Unofficial nickname

Unread postPosted: 21 Jun 2015, 00:43
by magitsu
F-35 Evil Twin (would provide a bridge from Lightning II, which is said to be not fearsome enough)
F-35 Valkyrie (could work too, of more international origin like the F-35)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V92OBNsQgxU

I think Evil Twin is more versatile of the two. For example some countries could use numbering like ET-01, ET-02..
Valkyrie was used in the 60s with this proto strat bomber: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/North_Ame ... 0_Valkyrie

Re: F-35 Unofficial nickname

Unread postPosted: 21 Jun 2015, 12:13
by charlielima223
Let the F-35 own one of its many euphemisms like how the F-4 and F-105 did :D

Critics call the F-35 to be too fat and not aerodynamic. Critics say the F-35 isn't stealthy enough. So call it something that isn't stealthy or aerodynamic... "The Brick".

Re: F-35 Unofficial nickname

Unread postPosted: 21 Jun 2015, 19:43
by sprstdlyscottsmn
Then when one loses to it in exercises it would be called "getting bricked".

Re: F-35 Unofficial nickname

Unread postPosted: 21 Jun 2015, 21:03
by charlielima223
sprstdlyscottsmn wrote:Then when one loses to it in exercises it would be called "getting bricked".

That sounds awesome. :D

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If I were going against this I'd be sh*tting bricks

Re: F-35 Unofficial nickname

Unread postPosted: 29 Jul 2015, 18:06
by markithere
You could call a formation of 4 a brick building. :wink:
Or a brick wall if in defense.
If a F-18 got taken out by a group of F-35s then we could say the bug hit a brick wall.

Re: F-35 Unofficial nickname

Unread postPosted: 09 Aug 2015, 09:30
by bullphrog
F-35 reminds me a bit of the Wildcat/Hellcat. I would call it one of those, not sure which though.

Re: F-35 Unofficial nickname

Unread postPosted: 09 Aug 2015, 14:46
by sferrin
bullphrog wrote:F-35 reminds me a bit of the Wildcat/Hellcat. I would call it one of those, not sure which though.


Those were both official names. (As was Bearcat.)

Re: F-35 Unofficial nickname

Unread postPosted: 09 Aug 2015, 15:13
by madrat
How about 'dolly'. Reminiscent of everything from a girl toy, clones, and a hand cart. How would you like your backwards a$$ Third World air force dominated by a dolly? Not much different than how some Tornado's are called Tonkas after toy dump trucks. Getting ran over by Tonkas isn't unreasonable, but by a Dolly... Absolutely insulting.

Re: F-35 Unofficial nickname

Unread postPosted: 09 Aug 2015, 19:56
by bullphrog
sferrin wrote:
bullphrog wrote:F-35 reminds me a bit of the Wildcat/Hellcat. I would call it one of those, not sure which though.


Those were both official names. (As was Bearcat.)


An official name for the F-35?

Re: F-35 Unofficial nickname

Unread postPosted: 09 Aug 2015, 20:29
by spazsinbad
Wildcat? Me Likee.

Re: F-35 Unofficial nickname

Unread postPosted: 10 Aug 2015, 13:40
by sprstdlyscottsmn
Sorry, the "Cat" names belong to Grumman aircraft.

Re: F-35 Unofficial nickname

Unread postPosted: 13 Aug 2015, 17:46
by thadutchman
I second "The Brick". "Getting bricked"...too funny!!

Re: F-35 Unofficial nickname

Unread postPosted: 13 Aug 2015, 18:21
by spazsinbad
There is precedent for 'brick'. For example many jet aircraft have been 'nicknamed' as "the flying brick". You will hear that in this video: The phrase 'flying brick' heard at the TWO minute mark. Google 'flying brick aircraft' to see that the Phantom, SPAD & Space Shuttle are referred to as 'flying bricks'.


Re: F-35 Unofficial nickname

Unread postPosted: 13 Aug 2015, 18:49
by sferrin
Heard the Shuttles was actually "Flying Brickyard" due to all the tiles. My all time favorite is "Flying $hithouse" (Kaman Huskie) :lmao:

Re: F-35 Unofficial nickname

Unread postPosted: 13 Aug 2015, 23:28
by spazsinbad
The very ruggedly built Winjeel RAAF Basic Trainer with a radial prop engine and welded down strong undercarriage (with a fixed / rotating tailwheel) was commonly known as the 'Flying Brick sh*t/Out House' depending on the company listening. The basic training airfield at Point Cook, Vic Oz was adjacent to a very large sewerage farm for the city of Melbourne at Werribee. The stink from that facility was truly astonishing under the right wind/weather conditions but thankfully not very often. A few Winjeels with engine failure ended up in this swamp. Many others survived forced landings very well and even after as warbirds Winjeels were surviving wire strikes during landing approaches and all kinds of mayhem. However their wings could buckle under severe G stress in low level turbulent strong wind conditions - sadly.

BTW perhaps a little known fact was that a Space Shuttle landed short by some many yards once & surviving. Story here:
Astronaut Steve Nagel's Unforgettable Landing
22 Aug 2014 Jim Asker

"...Everything else went pretty much by the book -- except for the landing. The most important thing to remember about the shuttle when it is landing is this: The shuttle is a glider. There are no missed-approach procedures and no go-arounds. It's about like flying a brick with wings on it.

This time, the Atlantis was landing on Rogers Dry Lake at Edwards Air Force Base in California. There's a reason so many aircraft are tested there. The area is flat as a billiard table for miles and visibility is usually unlimited. But there is a runway marked on the lake bed. And the shuttle is supposed to land on it. Unfortunately, the Atlantis, with Steve [Nagel] the pilot flying, touched down about 600 feet short of the threshhold....

...He [Steve] did point out that even if the shuttle had been landing back at its base in Florida, it would not have been horrible. We reporters like to point out, probably hyperbolically, that the shuttle runway at the Kennedy Space Center is "surrounded by an alligator-infested swamp." But there is 1,000 feet of load-bearing underrun. So Steve's dead-stick landing would not have ruined anyone's day...."

Source: http://aviationweek.com/blog/astronaut- ... le-landing

Re: F-35 Unofficial nickname

Unread postPosted: 14 Aug 2015, 03:12
by deskpro590
As uncool as it sounds, stubby has a certain stickiness to it...

Re: F-35 Unofficial nickname

Unread postPosted: 14 Aug 2015, 03:24
by sprstdlyscottsmn
Yeah, as much as I love the "get bricked" thing, they are still Stubby, Bee, and Sea for me.

Re: F-35 Unofficial nickname

Unread postPosted: 15 Aug 2015, 03:12
by arg
Here's one that came to mind (especially in seeing the frontal view of the F-35B): "The Hulk"

Think of possible logos: "Hulk Smash!" "Don't make me angry......you won't like me when I'm angry....." :)

Re: F-35 Unofficial nickname

Unread postPosted: 03 Sep 2015, 23:24
by VigilanteAgumon
How about the "Kopp Killer?" :mrgreen:

Re: F-35 Unofficial nickname

Unread postPosted: 18 Sep 2015, 19:25
by popcorn
HELLBOY... too bad they redesigned the helmet..

Re: F-35 Unofficial nickname

Unread postPosted: 29 Oct 2015, 18:43
by raffaauk48
Phantom III - as Phantom II served in USAF, USMC and USN as well as with RAF and FAA.
Cheers

Re: F-35 Unofficial nickname

Unread postPosted: 31 Oct 2015, 17:49
by KamenRiderBlade
What about the "Orochi"
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yamata_no_Orochi

One plane that has 3 variants, all serving many countries

Each country is kind of like a limb on the Yamata no Orochi.

Re: F-35 Unofficial nickname

Unread postPosted: 01 Nov 2015, 04:48
by tincansailor
How about the triple D? Like the old P-47 you could call it the JUG because of it's rounder shape, and as it's been pointed out it's a tri-service aircraft so why not the Triple D? Names like Stubby are self deprecating and just feed ammo to those who want to denigrate the F-35. Pilots love their aircraft, which is why they gave them female names usually after their moms, wives, or girlfriends. Just look at the nose art of WWII. I've never felt safer then when I'm up against a set of double D's, triple D's would be even better. Pilots need to feel protected in their cockpit so what could be better then a triple D? In our PC world would female pilots be offended? Well it's official name Lightning is fine by me.

Re: F-35 Unofficial nickname

Unread postPosted: 01 Nov 2015, 05:20
by popcorn
Aircraft have a long proud history of being given self-deprecating nicknames, a privilege best reserved for those who actually fly and maintain them. It's like saying something awesome is "bad".

Re: F-35 Unofficial nickname

Unread postPosted: 01 Nov 2015, 19:14
by sprstdlyscottsmn
popcorn wrote:Aircraft have a long proud history of being given self-deprecating nicknames, a privilege best reserved for those who actually fly and maintain them. It's like saying something awesome is "bad".

BUFF, SLUF, Earth Pig, Ol Double Ugly, Stinkbug, MudHen, Turkey. A long and proud tradition indeed.

Re: F-35 Unofficial nickname

Unread postPosted: 01 Nov 2015, 20:41
by count_to_10
sprstdlyscottsmn wrote:
popcorn wrote:Aircraft have a long proud history of being given self-deprecating nicknames, a privilege best reserved for those who actually fly and maintain them. It's like saying something awesome is "bad".

BUFF, SLUF, Earth Pig, Ol Double Ugly, Stinkbug, MudHen, Turkey. A long and proud tradition indeed.

Am I getting it wrong, or was the F-16 once the "Lawn Dart"?

Re: F-35 Unofficial nickname

Unread postPosted: 01 Nov 2015, 22:32
by popcorn
count_to_10 wrote:
sprstdlyscottsmn wrote:
popcorn wrote:Aircraft have a long proud history of being given self-deprecating nicknames, a privilege best reserved for those who actually fly and maintain them. It's like saying something awesome is "bad".

BUFF, SLUF, Earth Pig, Ol Double Ugly, Stinkbug, MudHen, Turkey. A long and proud tradition indeed.

Am I getting it wrong, or was the F-16 once the "Lawn Dart"?

F-104 had that distinction before Viper.

Re: F-35 Unofficial nickname

Unread postPosted: 01 Nov 2015, 22:48
by sferrin
sprstdlyscottsmn wrote:
popcorn wrote:Aircraft have a long proud history of being given self-deprecating nicknames, a privilege best reserved for those who actually fly and maintain them. It's like saying something awesome is "bad".

BUFF, SLUF, Earth Pig, Ol Double Ugly, Stinkbug, MudHen, Turkey. A long and proud tradition indeed.


"Stinkbug"? Never heard that one.

Re: F-35 Unofficial nickname

Unread postPosted: 01 Nov 2015, 23:14
by popcorn
Wasn't the A-6 also known as the "Queer"? A name for less PC times. :D

Re: F-35 Unofficial nickname

Unread postPosted: 02 Nov 2015, 00:52
by sprstdlyscottsmn
sferrin wrote:"Stinkbug"? Never heard that one.

One I've heard regarding the F-117

Re: F-35 Unofficial nickname

Unread postPosted: 02 Nov 2015, 04:37
by 35_aoa
popcorn wrote:Wasn't the A-6 also known as the "Queer"? A name for less PC times. :D


Think that may have been an early nickname for the Prowler, but I'm not positive. I have heard it used

Re: F-35 Unofficial nickname

Unread postPosted: 02 Nov 2015, 09:05
by Corsair1963
Stalker or Black Widow or anything related to Ambush....Which, would be very appropriate! :wink:

Re: F-35 Unofficial nickname

Unread postPosted: 03 Nov 2015, 12:35
by spazsinbad
:devil: Well Fme - we are ahead of this game.... :mrgreen: :doh: Pick me Pick me Pick me - Buehler? Anyone?
Mabus: Unmanned Systems Key to Future of Navy
28 Oct 2015 Yasmin Tadjdeh

"...During his remarks, Mabus showed off a quadcopter known as the Kraken, a reference to the mythical sea monster that terrified sailors centuries ago. The system, which is low-cost and 3D-printed, can lurk underwater for long periods of time and then “pop up” when instructed to do so, he said. “It’s pretty cool,” he added....

PHOTO: http://www.nationaldefensemagazine.org/ ... 272015.jpg

Source: http://www.nationaldefensemagazine.org/ ... sts%2Easpx

Re: F-35 Unofficial nickname

Unread postPosted: 03 Nov 2015, 12:37
by tincansailor
Self deprecating names are fine, but they usually denote some characteristic, or mission of the plane. They often imply the plane may be ugly but it's tough, and does the job. It's fierce, and dangerous. What pilot who loves his plane would call it the Turkey, or stinkbug? No one in the Fleet calls the F-18 the Bug. That name came from F-14 pilots who hated it because it was replacing their plane, and was picked up on these aviation boards. I don't even understand where the name Stubby came from? It's not a stubby plane. It has a wide fuselage, which is why I suggested a busty name.

Because of it's stealth, and color I think some other names might be appropriate. Gray Ghost, Gray Goblin, Gray Hawk, Gray Phantom. A good fit to go with the F-22 Raptor, would be the F-35 Wraith. Any number of names suggest themselves. I just hate the thought that it gets a degrading name that critics can seize upon to mock the plane further. Stubby may sound funny to fans of the F-35, critics will find the name confirmation of their criticisms that it's an ugly, clumsy plane that pilots think is a dog. Just think about it.

Re: F-35 Unofficial nickname

Unread postPosted: 03 Nov 2015, 12:39
by spazsinbad
Not to worry. The F-35 pilots as indicated earlier will figure it out. As for the rest? This is the age of the interrabble.

:mrgreen: USN pilots will 'call the ball' with a name that is not going to be "'LighTENing Friggin' TWO' with an HUMUNGous AMount of FUEL! BALL"

Re: F-35 Unofficial nickname

Unread postPosted: 03 Nov 2015, 14:11
by hornetfinn
tincansailor wrote:Because of it's stealth, and color I think some other names might be appropriate. Gray Ghost, Gray Goblin, Gray Hawk, Gray Phantom. A good fit to go with the F-22 Raptor, would be the F-35 Wraith. Any number of names suggest themselves. I just hate the thought that it gets a degrading name that critics can seize upon to mock the plane further. Stubby may sound funny to fans of the F-35, critics will find the name confirmation of their criticisms that it's an ugly, clumsy plane that pilots think is a dog. Just think about it.


I still like my owl suggestion and you suggesting grey color made me think about Great grey owl: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Great_grey_owl

That owl has nice nicknames itself: Phantom of the North and Spectral owl. Both would work well with F-35 if you consider how it hunts its prey. Downside is that these owl names are not really striking by any means. Of course you could sell F-35 to Canadians by calling it something like Phantom of the North... :wink:

Re: F-35 Unofficial nickname

Unread postPosted: 18 Nov 2015, 17:18
by geforcerfx
tincansailor wrote:. I don't even understand where the name Stubby came from? It's not a stubby plane. It has a wide fuselage, which is why I suggested a busty name.


I believe mr. Gums started that one, i like the nick name but it inly works for the A and B models.

Onthe F-18 family I have heard some Rhino pilots call them Super bugs but never just bugs. I thought the bug name predates the superhornet. The story i heard was one of the tomcat pilots said something after some dact with a early f-18 about it "swarming him like a fly", hence the name bug.

Re: F-35 Unofficial nickname

Unread postPosted: 06 Jan 2016, 17:04
by grab6303
Name we've been called by the Raptor dudes - "Fat kid in a magic coat." Much too long for a nickname but still pretty good.

Re: F-35 Unofficial nickname

Unread postPosted: 06 Jan 2016, 17:17
by sferrin
grab6303 wrote:Name we've been called by the Raptor dudes - "Fat kid in a magic coat." Much too long for a nickname but still pretty good.


:lmao:

Re: F-35 Unofficial nickname

Unread postPosted: 06 Jan 2016, 21:18
by spazsinbad
:mrgreen: :twisted: :devil: So now HOGwart comes to mind. :doh: Ya Know - the backwards/assbackwards compatible 'warthog'. :roll: :drool:

Re: F-35 Unofficial nickname

Unread postPosted: 06 Jan 2016, 21:22
by sferrin
Or Frodo. (Easily dismissed hobbit with an invisibility ring who gets the job done.) :shrug:

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Unread postPosted: 06 Jan 2016, 21:40
by sprstdlyscottsmn
sferrin wrote:Or Frodo. (Easily dismissed hobbit with an invisibility ring who gets the job done.) :shrug:

Oooooooooooooooooooh I like that.

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Unread postPosted: 06 Jan 2016, 21:45
by botsing
sferrin wrote:Or Frodo. (Easily dismissed hobbit with an invisibility ring who gets the job done.) :shrug:

So it goes from 'Stubby' to 'Hobbit'? Nice!

:cheers:

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Unread postPosted: 06 Jan 2016, 21:48
by spazsinbad
'NeptunusLex' blogger (deceased USN Captain) referenced his wife online as 'the Hobbitt' so that term may not fly in USN.

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Unread postPosted: 06 Jan 2016, 22:55
by KamenRiderBlade
spazsinbad wrote::mrgreen: :twisted: :devil: So now HOGwart comes to mind. :doh: Ya Know - the backwards/assbackwards compatible 'warthog'. :roll: :drool:


I was thinking of Hogwarts from Harry Potter.

Wasn't there a fat wizard in that series?

Re: F-35 Unofficial nickname

Unread postPosted: 07 Jan 2016, 06:40
by Corsair1963
VFA-101 Pilots are still calling the F-35 the Reaper. Which, is understandable considering VFA-101 is named the Grim Reapers.



Personally, I think it fit's.....(i.e. short for Grim Reaper)

http://news.tdylodging.com/military-new ... th-reaper/

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Unread postPosted: 25 Jan 2016, 21:57
by flighthawk128
Mmmm... I still like "Stubby" lol. It's kinda affectionately self-deprecating.

Reaper feels kinda wrong for the F-35... plus it'll get confused with MQ-9 Reapers (as somebody had pointed out earlier).

Hobbit might work...

Jugs is kind of nice and seems to fit.

I interestingly like "Valkyrie" though (even though, yes, I know it's kind of taken with the XB-70)...

Re: F-35 Unofficial nickname

Unread postPosted: 13 Feb 2016, 05:10
by element1loop
"It's the Wolf! It's the Wolf!" - Lambsy

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Unread postPosted: 24 Feb 2016, 01:18
by Gums
Salute!

Sheesh, thot I would check in and see what else folks could come up with. So I found my original suggestion from Jan 2013 after I had seen a few of the beasts in the pattern.

When you see the thing it reminds you of a short, fat Eagle.

I am trying to come up something that uses "STUB", "STUBBY", "BEAGLE" and so on...

Gums ponders....


Spurts and others have nailed the basic procedure. Those of us that actually flew the things have the last word........ almost! Some of us adopted the derogatory names after we had proven ourselves in the new machine. Hence, 'vaark was adopted by the 111 folks, Thud by the 105 troops, and so forth. A few did not, so the Double Ugly was stilled called Phantom by most folks that flew it. Hell, the EF-111 was called the "Spark 'vaark" by their crews, and we all loved it. Buff folks liked their name and we sure as hell liked Sluf ( compared to Corsair II).

Just go to http://www.sluf.org and then see our "comic book" that LTV put together despite the official nickname.

Oh well, we shall see.

Gums sends...

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Unread postPosted: 24 Feb 2016, 03:14
by durahawk
Given the fang-like geometry of the inlets, I'm partial to "vampire" myself...
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Also, it seems to be a natural progression from "Viper" :mrgreen:

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Unread postPosted: 24 Feb 2016, 03:23
by spazsinbad
First pure jet to land on an aircraft carrier 03 Dec 1945 was a de Havilland Sea VAMPIRE, pilot Eric 'Winkle' Brown recently died at age 97.

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Unread postPosted: 24 Feb 2016, 10:18
by tincansailor
durahawk wrote:Given the fang-like geometry of the inlets, I'm partial to "vampire" myself...
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Also, it seems to be a natural progression from "Viper" :mrgreen:


Vampire was also the name of Britain's second jet fighter. The da Havilland Vampire. You can see the progression from the Mosquito light bomber. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/De_Havilland_Vampire

I still like the nickname Wraith. It's Grey and stealthy so you don't see it coming until it attacks you. You like the progression from Viper to Vampire, which does sound good. I like the fifth generation pairing of Raptors, and Wraiths. Both creatures attack faster then their prey can react. With all respect to gums Stubby would just add to the mockery.

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Unread postPosted: 24 Feb 2016, 10:26
by spazsinbad
I think that 'twin boom aircraft' may have been the inspiration for the Vampire and various others over the years, P-38 Lightning Twin Prop Twin Tail? https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lockheed_P-38_Lightning & https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Twin-boom_aircraft The good old WAMP : "being the first jet aircraft to cross the Atlantic Ocean" https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/De_Havilland_Vampire

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Unread postPosted: 25 Feb 2016, 00:26
by popcorn
FART ... no one will see it coming until it's too late :devil: :devil:

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Unread postPosted: 25 Feb 2016, 00:30
by spazsinbad
:roll: AND... it'll clear the sky toot sweet! :mrgreen:

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Unread postPosted: 25 Feb 2016, 00:46
by popcorn
... and the bad guys know something is going to hit the fan. :D

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Unread postPosted: 25 Feb 2016, 01:32
by durahawk
tincansailor wrote: Vampire was also the name of Britain's second jet fighter. The da Havilland Vampire. You can see the progression from the Mosquito light bomber. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/De_Havilland_Vampire

I still like the nickname Wraith. It's Grey and stealthy so you don't see it coming until it attacks you. You like the progression from Viper to Vampire, which does sound good. I like the fifth generation pairing of Raptors, and Wraiths. Both creatures attack faster then their prey can react. With all respect to gums Stubby would just add to the mockery.

Ahh yes, I was aware of the earlier De Havilland offering but I figured as level 1 partners in the program, the Brits might be rather flattered by the nod...
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I do like "Wraith" though I'll have to admit my mind wanders to that big, purple, Covenant battle tank from 'Halo'... (Yep I'm a nerd) :roll:

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Unread postPosted: 25 Feb 2016, 01:51
by sprstdlyscottsmn
durahawk wrote:I do like "Wraith" though I'll have to admit my mind wanders to that big, purple, Covenant battle tank from 'Halo'... (Yep I'm a nerd) :roll:

So no Banshee or Ghost then huh? Do you have the same problem with the A-10 or that tactical Textron/Cessna?

Re: F-35 Unofficial nickname

Unread postPosted: 25 Feb 2016, 09:51
by charlielima223
charlielima223 wrote:
Critics call the F-35 to be too fat and not aerodynamic. Critics say the F-35 isn't stealthy enough. So call it something that isn't stealthy or aerodynamic... "The Brick".


B-52 is the BUFF. A-7 was the SLUF. F-14 was the Turkey. A-10 is the Warthog.

F-35 criticism. Its too heavy, its not aerodynamic, and its not stealthy... BRICK!

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Unread postPosted: 25 Feb 2016, 10:01
by Corsair1963
Reaper is the only name that is being used by F-35 Pilots................. :wink:

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Unread postPosted: 25 Feb 2016, 11:01
by tincansailor
Corsair1963 wrote:Reaper is the only name that is being used by F-35 Pilots................. :wink:


Raptors and Reapers. I like that. Is that really what you've been hearing?

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Unread postPosted: 25 Feb 2016, 11:18
by Dragon029
tincansailor wrote:
Corsair1963 wrote:Reaper is the only name that is being used by F-35 Pilots................. :wink:


Raptors and Reapers. I like that. Is that really what you've been hearing?


http://www.defensetech.org/2014/03/11/f ... th-reaper/

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Unread postPosted: 25 Feb 2016, 11:52
by durahawk
sprstdlyscottsmn wrote:
durahawk wrote:I do like "Wraith" though I'll have to admit my mind wanders to that big, purple, Covenant battle tank from 'Halo'... (Yep I'm a nerd) :roll:

So no Banshee or Ghost then huh? Do you have the same problem with the A-10 or that tactical Textron/Cessna?

Heh, the A-10 was the technically the original "hog", but I guess since they mounted an oversized Gatling gun on, it's a passable homage. As for the tactical Cessna, past "look what we made, isn't it neat?" type aircraft haven't done too well in the states or abroad so I won't lose sleep over it. :mrgreen:

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Unread postPosted: 25 Feb 2016, 12:00
by durahawk
Dragon029 wrote:
tincansailor wrote:
Corsair1963 wrote:Reaper is the only name that is being used by F-35 Pilots................. :wink:


Raptors and Reapers. I like that. Is that really what you've been hearing?


http://www.defensetech.org/2014/03/11/f ... th-reaper/


Figures it's a squid thing, I see that being a tough sell in the AF. It's hard imagining a self respecting fighter pilot walking into a bar and confidently proclaiming "I fly the Reaper!" :roll:

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Unread postPosted: 25 Feb 2016, 14:41
by sprstdlyscottsmn
The F-35C can have a different official unofficial name than the A and B. Navy calls it Reaper. Way back in the day, late 1990's I called it the F-24 Gyrfalcon to keep with the whole USAF birds of prey thing.

Re: F-35 Unofficial nickname

Unread postPosted: 27 Feb 2016, 04:35
by popcorn
Hydra... a multi-headed threat

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Unread postPosted: 27 Feb 2016, 04:51
by spazsinbad

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Unread postPosted: 27 Feb 2016, 04:57
by element1loop
US fighter and bomber chiefs embrace Pentagon's 'arsenal plane' plan

25 February, 2016

BY: James Drew Orlando

"... Gen Herbert “Hawk” Carlisle of Air Combat Command says in future wars, US forces will need to break into an area using a combination of close-in stealth attack and barrages of long-range missile fire, launched from arsenal planes.

In the future, the time from launch to destruction would be hastened if hypersonic missiles are successfully introduced. “How quickly can I find, fix, target and engage?" he asks.

Carlisle expressed further interest in manned-unmanned teaming between fighter jets and autonomous slave aircraft that would fly alongside a networked parent fighter or bomber. That’s known internally at the "loyal wingman" or "wolfpack" concept.


Source: https://www.flightglobal.com/news/artic ... rs-422418/

Excellent senses, excellent comms, long-range legs, hunts in stealthy packs, flanks cooperatively for kill, fast and agile, hard to see, does not give away position until attacking and sure of its kill, has the teeth and numbers to take down any target, can hold and defend a kill, can take down much larger critters, leaves unseen and just as fast, hard to track, hard to trick, hard to trap, hard to ambush.

Oh, and it's all grey 'n stuff.

It's dah Wolf! :wink:

Re: F-35 Unofficial nickname

Unread postPosted: 27 Feb 2016, 07:29
by KamenRiderBlade
Airwolf?

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Unread postPosted: 27 Feb 2016, 07:59
by element1loop
Wolf




The wolf in the 'wolfpack' concept, plus Growler, and (get this!) a B-1 'Bone', for the wolves and growlers to play with.

LOL :mrgreen:

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Unread postPosted: 27 Feb 2016, 15:29
by playloud
element1loop wrote:Wolf




The wolf in the 'wolfpack' concept, plus Growler, and (get this!) a B-1 'Bone', for the wolves and growlers to play with.

LOL :mrgreen:

I like it!

Re: F-35 Unofficial nickname

Unread postPosted: 28 Feb 2016, 01:05
by popcorn
If "Information is Life" then BRAINIAC..

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Unread postPosted: 02 Mar 2016, 09:32
by Corsair1963
durahawk wrote:
Raptors and Reapers. I like that. Is that really what you've been hearing?


http://www.defensetech.org/2014/03/11/f ... th-reaper/

Figures it's a squid thing, I see that being a tough sell in the AF. It's hard imagining a self respecting fighter pilot walking into a bar and confidently proclaiming "I fly the Reaper!" :roll:


Laughable......you think any self respecting fighter pilot walking into a bar and confidently proclaiming "I fly the Raptor!" :doh:

Re: F-35 Unofficial nickname

Unread postPosted: 02 Mar 2016, 15:05
by durahawk
Corsair1963 wrote:
durahawk wrote:
Raptors and Reapers. I like that. Is that really what you've been hearing?


http://www.defensetech.org/2014/03/11/f ... th-reaper/

Figures it's a squid thing, I see that being a tough sell in the AF. It's hard imagining a self respecting fighter pilot walking into a bar and confidently proclaiming "I fly the Reaper!" :roll:


Laughable......you think any self respecting fighter pilot walking into a bar and confidently proclaiming "I fly the Raptor!" :doh:


... It's a humorous hypothetical situation meant to underscore an a point, but yes, fighter pilots aren't known for masking their profession in conversation. The point is that I don't see the AF pilots repeating the phrase "no the other reaper" too many times before the nickname would get tossed.

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Unread postPosted: 03 Mar 2016, 10:51
by tincansailor
Figures it's a squid thing, I see that being a tough sell in the AF. It's hard imagining a self respecting fighter pilot walking into a bar and confidently proclaiming "I fly the Reaper!" :roll:[/quote]

What can I say I'm just a tincansailor, I can't go into any bar and say I fly anything other then commercial. We do have drone pilots who say they fly the Reaper. What do you say to Drone Pilots? How do you guys get along? Do you give them respect, or treat them as I don't know none combatants? Remember we are one big happy military.

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Unread postPosted: 04 Mar 2016, 04:08
by brucealrighty
According to this article "the little turd" is gaining traction among USAF. Seems bit of a mouthful, but adds meaning to the cuss "eat s**t and die".

http://www.abc.net.au/radionational/pro ... rt/7218478

Personally 'Stubby' has stuck with me. It'll be interesting to see how the different nations nickname it.

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Unread postPosted: 04 Mar 2016, 04:43
by spazsinbad
Heheh - being an AUSTrian (you speak such good Engrish) in Denver in 1972-3 the word I was most oft asked to repeat was TURD. Of course AmeriKans have different ways to pronounce it but in Denver it was with a rolled R if I remember correctly (I may have misremembered; however I recall spending most of my time with a group of SOUTHerners). Anyhow everyone thot I said 'TUD' and they would just KACK themselves when I repeated it. Must have been with the rong crowd eh. :mrgreen: Listen to the Ozzies in 69mins clip - sometimes they sound AMerICan - and they'll be there for four years.

Re: F-35 Unofficial nickname

Unread postPosted: 04 Mar 2016, 05:24
by SpudmanWP
brucealrighty wrote:According to this article "the little turd" is gaining traction among USAF. Seems bit of a mouthful, but adds meaning to the cuss "eat s**t and die".


I can just hear it being used now....

F-16 pilot after being smoked for the ump-teenth time without ever seeing the F-35:

You little sh!t, come face me and fight fair!!!


F-35 pilot back to the F-16:

Eat sh!t and die old man :)

Re: F-35 Unofficial nickname

Unread postPosted: 09 Mar 2016, 18:29
by playloud
Another mouthful, but maybe "The Invisible Turd".

Could abbreviate to TIT.

Re: F-35 Unofficial nickname

Unread postPosted: 09 Mar 2016, 20:36
by sferrin
playloud wrote:Another mouthful, but maybe "The Invisible Turd".

Could abbreviate to TIT.


Classy. :roll:

Re: F-35 Unofficial nickname

Unread postPosted: 09 Mar 2016, 22:14
by tincansailor
brucealrighty wrote:According to this article "the little turd" is gaining traction among USAF. Seems bit of a mouthful, but adds meaning to the cuss "eat s**t and die".

http://www.abc.net.au/radionational/pro ... rt/7218478

Personally 'Stubby' has stuck with me. It'll be interesting to see how the different nations nickname it.


That's about the dumbest thing I ever heard. Saying your airplane is a piece of sh*t, just what impression is that trying to convey? A B-52 crewmen says I fly the BUFF, the Sluf, Double ugly, the Warthog, Viper, Eagle. It's tough, it denotes affection and confidence that it can do the job. Telling people I fly a piece of sh*t what does that tell you? It tells you I'm flying a piece of sh*t. It should be flushed down a toilet not flown in combat. An F-15 pilot laughs in your face, and tells you your ship is a piece of sh*t. A fight brakes out.

Do you want your life to depend on a piece of sh*t? When a new pilots joins a squadron do you tell him "Your new ship is a piece of sh*t" "Your going to be flying the little turd" I think I want a transfer. Your going into combat but don't worry the fighter your flying is a piece of sh*t. At air shows your can't even tell the public what you call it. "Well son don't tell your mom what I said, but we call it the Little Turd". You can't issue media statements using it's name. Yea that will really inspire public support. Even the pilots call the F-35 a piece of sh*t. We're replacing the Viper with The Little Turd. Where does something like that even come from? Somewhere Bill Sweetman is laughing his head off.

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Unread postPosted: 09 Mar 2016, 22:22
by SpudmanWP
Funny how no named sources, not even retired ones, call it that.

Re: F-35 Unofficial nickname

Unread postPosted: 10 Mar 2016, 00:06
by playloud
Discussing it on forums, I've started opening calling it Stubby. A placeholder name, until I hear what the pilots are actually calling it.

Re: F-35 Unofficial nickname

Unread postPosted: 10 Mar 2016, 03:26
by sferrin
brucealrighty wrote:According to this article "the little turd" is gaining traction among USAF. Seems bit of a mouthful, but adds meaning to the cuss "eat s**t and die".

http://www.abc.net.au/radionational/pro ... rt/7218478

Personally 'Stubby' has stuck with me. It'll be interesting to see how the different nations nickname it.


Yeah that's bullshit. Probably came straight from the pen of Kopp.

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Unread postPosted: 10 Mar 2016, 05:53
by 35_aoa
sferrin wrote:
brucealrighty wrote:According to this article "the little turd" is gaining traction among USAF. Seems bit of a mouthful, but adds meaning to the cuss "eat s**t and die".

http://www.abc.net.au/radionational/pro ... rt/7218478

Personally 'Stubby' has stuck with me. It'll be interesting to see how the different nations nickname it.


Yeah that's bullshit. Probably came straight from the pen of Kopp.


Completely agree. There are very few things that are "turd"ish about the F-35, in spite of what the vocal guys in the media and on capitol hill who have never flown a jet in combat decide to say.

Re: F-35 Unofficial nickname

Unread postPosted: 29 Mar 2016, 21:15
by arg
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I still like "The Hulk": Mean.......Powerful........and check out the "neck muscles" on a front view of the F-35B....

Re: F-35 Unofficial nickname

Unread postPosted: 02 Apr 2016, 15:02
by shagbat
arg wrote:
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I still like "The Hulk": Mean.......Powerful........and check out the "neck muscles" on a front view of the F-35B....



Considering how stout and muscly it looks maybe pitbull?

kind of apropriate with the brevity code meaning as well: The AIM-120 going active is most likely the first warning an enemy gets that it is under attack from an F-35 :twisted: .

Re: F-35 Unofficial nickname

Unread postPosted: 03 Apr 2016, 15:28
by SnakeHandler
I'm partial to Valkyrie (from Old Norse valkyrja "chooser of the slain").

Or if you prefer a sports car reference I'd call it the Tesla. It's got a lot of cool systems and straight line performance but doesn't corner as well as the Porsche (Viper).

Re: F-35 Unofficial nickname

Unread postPosted: 16 Apr 2016, 10:25
by magitsu
How about Mr. Fusion?
It combines a pop culture reference (Back to the Future) and the touted game changer of modern air power.

I think it would naturally lead people towards asking what this "fusion" is referring to. Which is exactly the question you want everyone asking about F-35.

Re: F-35 Unofficial nickname

Unread postPosted: 16 Apr 2016, 20:14
by dancho
SLUG

Scary Little Ugly Guy

Re: F-35 Unofficial nickname

Unread postPosted: 16 Apr 2016, 21:37
by sprstdlyscottsmn
dancho wrote:SLUG

Scary Little Ugly Guy

I like that. SLUG, Hover SLUG, and Sea SLUG.

Re: F-35 Unofficial nickname

Unread postPosted: 26 Apr 2016, 17:38
by mixelflick
The F-35 Bulldog.

It's short but stout, has teeth and generally known for its aggressive behavior (like any good warplane should)..

Re: F-35 Unofficial nickname

Unread postPosted: 26 Apr 2016, 18:08
by jetblast16
'Lifter' as in weightlifter. It's blunt and built. Or 'Brick house'

Re: F-35 Unofficial nickname

Unread postPosted: 26 Apr 2016, 18:51
by sprstdlyscottsmn
jetblast16 wrote:'Lifter' as in weightlifter. It's blunt and built. Or 'Brick house'

Which then gets shortened to "Brick" for brevity. Bringing us back to "Get 'Bricked'!"

Re: F-35 Unofficial nickname

Unread postPosted: 26 Apr 2016, 19:12
by krorvik
jetblast16 wrote:'Lifter' as in weightlifter.


Sounds like cargo...

Re: F-35 Unofficial nickname

Unread postPosted: 26 Apr 2016, 20:22
by jetblast16
sprstdlyscottsmn wrote:
jetblast16 wrote:'Lifter' as in weightlifter. It's blunt and built. Or 'Brick house'

Which then gets shortened to "Brick" for brevity. Bringing us back to "Get 'Bricked'!"


Haha.... 'House' would be another shortened version.

'A-Brick' -> A model
'B-Brick' -> B model
'C-Brick' -> C model

Re: F-35 Unofficial nickname

Unread postPosted: 28 Apr 2016, 15:58
by markithere
In reading some of the pilot interview articles around the web I came across one of the F-35 pilots referring to the F-35 as "a fat man in a magic suit."

Re: F-35 Unofficial nickname

Unread postPosted: 28 Apr 2016, 16:01
by markithere
If they keep with the, "Fat man in a magic suit" will they eventually get Santa Clause? Maybe Santa or just Clause?

Re: F-35 Unofficial nickname

Unread postPosted: 29 Apr 2016, 06:14
by tincansailor
markithere wrote:If they keep with the, "Fat man in a magic suit" will they eventually get Santa Clause? Maybe Santa or just Clause?


Baron Harkonnen. How embarrassing.

Re: F-35 Unofficial nickname

Unread postPosted: 30 Apr 2016, 14:40
by playloud
markithere wrote:If they keep with the, "Fat man in a magic suit" will they eventually get Santa Clause? Maybe Santa or just Clause?

Nah, Santa gets tracked by NORAD every time he flies. :mrgreen:

Re: F-35 Unofficial nickname

Unread postPosted: 08 May 2016, 15:53
by spazsinbad
Every thing in the universe is made from star dust says Ziggy Stardust.
F-35A Ziggy :devil:
F-35B Zaggy :mrgreen: :applause:
F-35C Zoom "ZOOM BALL Four Oh" :doh:

Re: F-35 Unofficial nickname

Unread postPosted: 19 May 2016, 18:25
by magitsu
The Illusive Man

Re: F-35 Unofficial nickname

Unread postPosted: 24 May 2016, 15:32
by lamoey
In light of the F-35's impressive sensors and ability to locate its foes, I would say a fitting name would be "TRACKER". A tracker keeps a light load of weapons, just in case, but mostly stays out of sight. It can make the kill it self, if deemed necessary, but can also directs other resources in to make the kill.

Re: F-35 Unofficial nickname

Unread postPosted: 24 May 2016, 17:43
by sprstdlyscottsmn
lamoey wrote:In light of the F-35's impressive sensors and ability to locate its foes, I would say a fitting name would be "TRACKER". A tracker keeps a light load of weapons, just in case, but mostly stays out of sight. It can make the kill it self, if deemed necessary, but can also directs other resources in to make the kill.

The Eye of Sauron.

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Unread postPosted: 24 May 2016, 18:47
by spazsinbad
As indicated here originally : THIS IS A TRACKER! viewtopic.php?f=55&t=45986&p=339220&hilit=noice#p339220 :doh:

Re: F-35 Unofficial nickname

Unread postPosted: 25 May 2016, 23:13
by magitsu
Mic Drop would also be a good one.

Re: F-35 Unofficial nickname

Unread postPosted: 25 May 2016, 23:28
by slapshot!
Fighty McFightface.

Re: F-35 Unofficial nickname

Unread postPosted: 09 Jun 2016, 10:45
by one-oh-four
mixelflick wrote:The F-35 Bulldog.

It's short but stout, has teeth and generally known for its aggressive behavior (like any good warplane should)..


But they also often have problems breathing and generally don't live to a ripe old age.... In that case I'd go for PITBULL.

Aggressive, never let's go... Image

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Cheers,
Erik.

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Unread postPosted: 09 Jun 2016, 11:29
by one-oh-four
On a differnt note: I find the F-16 much sleeker looking AND because of being the winner for the LWF design back in the day it seems to be more agile. The F-35 Always makes me think of some sort of BIG MOMMA. An aircraft of considerable girth (compared to the F-16), packing a heavy punch: "Don't talk back to Momma or she'll whup your a$$!"

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Or to keep the animal theme; next to the Rhino we may see the HIPPO: looking rather volumous, the beast runs far faster than you'd think and is highly dangerous. In fact; more people are killed every year in Africa by Hippos than by lions (or Rhinos, for that matter ;) )

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Cheers,
Erik.

Re: F-35 Unofficial nickname

Unread postPosted: 10 Aug 2016, 06:24
by popcorn
Michael Phelps

Re: F-35 Unofficial nickname

Unread postPosted: 01 Sep 2016, 16:00
by sferrin
Supernatural

Re: F-35 Unofficial nickname

Unread postPosted: 01 Sep 2016, 17:26
by steve2267
I'm sure the pilot community will choose the name they like the best. The Navy guys apparently like Reaper.

Here are my musings, fwiw.

Gums got me thinking with his Stubby. While I have the utmost respect for Gums, I really dislike that name. Too negative / ugly, imo. But, it got me thinking:
  • wedge
  • sledge
  • hammer (too plain, me thinks)
  • shard

Along the ethereal / supernatural line:
  • ghost (the pilots could call themselves ghostriders :) )
  • reaper (what the Navy boys want. While I think Reaper works, I also think it is too evil sounding.)
  • phantom (it is more of a phantom than the F-4 ever was. But I think phantom will always be the F-4.)

Re-using names once given to another aircraft:
  • thunderbolt
  • fury
  • gryphon (one of my favorites)

Plays on words / ideas:

  • bolt (as in bolt of lighting if you think the plane is uber cooool; a six sided hunk metal if you think it is ugly.)
  • volt (play on bolt, but reflecting its unprecedented use of computing power in a fighter a/c and associated electrical requirements)
  • ijet or iplane (Just as Steve Jobs revolutionized the cellphone market by creating a new platform, so too the f-35 revolutionizes the A-A world by creating a new A-A platform as well. Wasn't the Viper also known as the electric jet once? So Ijet then?)

But no, as I sit here pondering something so unimportant as a plane's nickname... even though from certain angles the F-35 looks stubby, from more angles I think it's angular lines remind me more of a triangular wedge or shard...

No...whereas the F-16 was the Viper...

The F-35 should be known as the

Xwing

Besides... it's gonna get the first laser in ten years!

Re: F-35 Unofficial nickname

Unread postPosted: 01 Sep 2016, 18:10
by sferrin
I always thought "Viper" came from the fact that Battlestar Galactica (it's first run) was popular when the F-16 entered service, and it had the computer displays, big engine/small-ish airframe". You'd always see Apollo or Starbuck punching the "afterburners". Gums would be able to tell us if "Viper" came from the snake or the shown.

Re: F-35 Unofficial nickname

Unread postPosted: 01 Sep 2016, 18:44
by magitsu
steve2267 wrote:[*] gryphon (one of my favorites)

No way, it's the same as Gripen. If it was just some old US plane it would be ok.

Re: F-35 Unofficial nickname

Unread postPosted: 01 Sep 2016, 18:59
by dirtcatcher
steve2267 wrote:
No...whereas the F-16 was the Viper...

The F-35 should be known as the

Xwing

Besides... it's gonna get the first laser in ten years!



Since the F-35 is intended to be the F-16's successor into the new millennium, could it be called the...... Millennium Falcon? :doh: :doh: :doh:

I'm sure this must have been suggested already.

Re: F-35 Unofficial nickname

Unread postPosted: 01 Sep 2016, 22:07
by sprstdlyscottsmn
sferrin wrote:I always thought "Viper" came from the fact that Battlestar Galactica (it's first run) was popular when the F-16 entered service, and it had the computer displays, big engine/small-ish airframe". You'd always see Apollo or Starbuck punching the "afterburners". Gums would be able to tell us if "Viper" came from the snake or the shown.

AFAIK you are right, and the Eagle was called Battlestar Galactica due to it's immense size.

Re: F-35 Unofficial nickname

Unread postPosted: 01 Sep 2016, 22:14
by count_to_10
Actually, "hammer" might not end up being inappropriate, given that "when all you have is a hammer..." is looking to be a fairly apt description of what the Air Force is going to look like a few decades from now.

Re: F-35 Unofficial nickname

Unread postPosted: 02 Sep 2016, 04:09
by sprstdlyscottsmn
count_to_10 wrote:a fairly apt description of what the Air Force is going to look like a few decades from now.

Like the Navy has looked for the last decade? There are carriers where the only jets are Hornets. Fleet Defense, Interdiction, Deep Strike, EW, Tanking, all Hornets

Re: F-35 Unofficial nickname

Unread postPosted: 03 Sep 2016, 14:32
by uclass
magitsu wrote:
steve2267 wrote:[*] gryphon (one of my favorites)

No way, it's the same as Gripen. If it was just some old US plane it would be ok.

It was taken by the BGM-109G anyway.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/BGM-109G_ ... se_Missile

Re: F-35 Unofficial nickname

Unread postPosted: 21 Sep 2016, 07:31
by endre
Dolby tells me that his personal favorite is "the Beast" or just "Beast." Why? Because one of the most common phrases heard during post-mission debreifs at Luke is "it's just a beast!" Performance wise, in capabilities - it just feels like it is a beast compared to everything else they have ever flown.

Re: F-35 Unofficial nickname

Unread postPosted: 21 Sep 2016, 07:41
by spazsinbad
:mrgreen: And the clowns who cannot spell LIGHTNING will also misspell 'BEAST' as BEST and then I will just LOOSE it :doh: instead of just LOSE IT! :devil:

Re: F-35 Unofficial nickname

Unread postPosted: 21 Sep 2016, 16:18
by SpudmanWP
spazsinbad wrote::mrgreen: And the clowns who cannot spell LIGHTNING will also misspell 'BEAST' as BEST and then I will just LOOSE it :doh: instead of just LOSE IT! :devil:


Or add an "r" :roll:

Re: F-35 Unofficial nickname

Unread postPosted: 21 Sep 2016, 17:01
by spazsinbad

Re: F-35 Unofficial nickname

Unread postPosted: 21 Sep 2016, 17:24
by JetTest
Stubby

Re: F-35 Unofficial nickname

Unread postPosted: 21 Sep 2016, 18:23
by SpudmanWP
spazsinbad wrote::roll: :mrgreen: BREST? 8) :devil: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Brest,_France :doh: :drool: :shock:



No, "BREAST" :mrgreen:

Re: F-35 Unofficial nickname

Unread postPosted: 21 Sep 2016, 18:27
by spazsinbad
:shock: :mrgreen: Yeah MILK it for all it's worth! :doh: :devil: Same goes for STUBBY - this is....

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Re: F-35 Unofficial nickname

Unread postPosted: 21 Sep 2016, 20:00
by krorvik
endre wrote:Dolby tells me that his personal favorite is "the Beast" or just "Beast."


Beast of prey.

Re: F-35 Unofficial nickname

Unread postPosted: 21 Sep 2016, 20:25
by SpudmanWP
What do you call a flight of 4 x F-35s?





The Beasty Boys


Sorry, had to be done :mrgreen:

Re: F-35 Unofficial nickname

Unread postPosted: 22 Sep 2016, 06:09
by Corsair1963
Still think Reaper is the best fit....As USN pilots are already using it and it goes will with the F-22. (i.e. Raptor) :wink:

Re: F-35 Unofficial nickname

Unread postPosted: 05 Oct 2016, 09:13
by charlielima223
I still propose "The Brick" but something else also comes to mind...

(forgive me the sound quality isn't that good)





The F-35 said
I must go now, my planet needs me


I find it interesting (it seems to me) the F-35 has to fly at a higher AoA to stay in formation with the F-16s. If it had been flying level I would assume it would just flat out leave the F-16s in the dust. Then when it pulled up it was just seemingly effortless.

Re: F-35 Unofficial nickname

Unread postPosted: 05 Oct 2016, 09:33
by spazsinbad
We know the F-35 configures itself for the best configuration automatically for flight conditions - which we do not know nor the weight of fuel carried by these aircraft but we do know from F-35 pilot reports that the power of the F135 is just AWESOME!

Re: F-35 Unofficial nickname

Unread postPosted: 05 Oct 2016, 12:01
by shagbat
My theory is that because the F-35 relies more on body lift, it has to fly at higher angles of attack at low IAS, similar to how delta planforms traditionally fly at higher AOA at low speed.

Granted, it could just be that the fuel load is higher in the F-35, a clean F-16 certainly doesn't have anywhere near the fuel fraction.

It's also worth noting that the dropped nose of the F-16 makes it appear to be flying at a lower angle of attack than it actually is, the difference between the wings is smaller.

Re: F-35 Unofficial nickname

Unread postPosted: 05 Oct 2016, 12:31
by vanshilar
Actually it's interesting because you can find photos of planes (presumably in formation) at all sorts of different AoA's. For example, here's one where a two-seater F-16 is at significantly higher AoA than a single-seater:

http://www.f-16.net/g3/f-16-photos/album07/album27/232

One where an F-16 is flying at a higher AoA than an F-35:

http://i.dailymail.co.uk/i/pix/2015/06/ ... 678914.jpg

One where a Hornet is flying at a higher AoA than a Tupolev Bear:

http://cdn.defenseone.com/media/img/upl ... -large.jpg

Here's one where the center Typhoon is at higher AoA than the F-35 in the background and the Typhoon in the foreground:

http://image.digitalinsightresearch.in/ ... yphoon.jpg

So the obvious conclusion is that not only does the Typhoon have to fly at a higher AoA than the F-35 (and hence worst at lift or whatever they were saying about the F-35 vs the F-16), but also than other Typhoons.

Re: F-35 Unofficial nickname

Unread postPosted: 06 Oct 2016, 02:51
by flighthawk128
charlielima223 wrote:I still propose "The Brick" but something else also comes to mind...

(forgive me the sound quality isn't that good)





The F-35 said
I must go now, my planet needs me


I find it interesting (it seems to me) the F-35 has to fly at a higher AoA to stay in formation with the F-16s. If it had been flying level I would assume it would just flat out leave the F-16s in the dust. Then when it pulled up it was just seemingly effortless.


Those are some NICE vids! Good find. It looked like a whale flying in the freaking sky tho, the way it just kind of effortlessly lumbered straight up reminded me of underwater footage of whales surfacing. You're right, the AoA it was flying at made it look like they were intentionally trying to bleed speed, but I didn't notice even the slightest change in the AoA. I think Spaz is right, it might have been the computer configuring it for that speed and condition.

Re: F-35 Unofficial nickname

Unread postPosted: 06 Oct 2016, 13:02
by delvo
F-35 can also look like its AoA is higher compared to another plane than it really is, because of the way its belly slopes down toward the back.

Re: F-35 Unofficial nickname

Unread postPosted: 19 Dec 2016, 05:34
by spazsinbad
:devil: GOTTA BE TRUMP (for the A model) then STRUMPET (for the B model) and - I dunno - the USN don't seem to care. :doh: But of course I have ideas.... OK TRUMPET :doh: for USN but that is as LAME as the USN are about getting a Trumpet. :mrgreen:

Re: F-35 Unofficial nickname

Unread postPosted: 23 Dec 2016, 17:00
by steve2267
spazsinbad wrote::devil: GOTTA BE TRUMP (for the A model) then STRUMPET (for the B model) and - I dunno - the USN don't seem to care. :doh: But of course I have ideas.... OK TRUMPET :doh: for USN but that is as LAME as the USN are about getting a Trumpet. :mrgreen:


I'll play:

A-model: Trumpet

B-model: Bugle

C-model: Coronet

Of course, calling the F-35 a loud, brassy musical instrument is antithetical to its very nature, running around blasting its position / whereabouts in a loud TRUMP manner.

Perhaps working off a mute theme?
- Straight mute: the most common type. Can be used to great effect in fortissimo passages also
- Cup mute: produces the 'jazz' sound
- Harmon/'Wa-wa' mute: often used for comical effect (think cartoons!)
- Whispa mute: the softest mute; can produce almost inaudible sounds
- Solotone mute: produces a sound similar to that of a gramophone
- Bucket mute: produces a very soft and mellow tone

from https://answers.yahoo.com/question/inde ... 245AArldS1


So you'd have:

F-35A - Whispa
F-35B - Bucket
F-35C - Cup

Re: F-35 Unofficial nickname

Unread postPosted: 23 Dec 2016, 19:51
by spazsinbad
:mrgreen: Excellent! You had me at 'MUTE'. :devil: MalaMUTE? Sled Dog (originally bred for hauling heavy freight) Buehler? Anyone?

Re: F-35 Unofficial nickname

Unread postPosted: 23 Dec 2016, 20:26
by steve2267
spazsinbad wrote::mrgreen: Excellent! You had me at 'MUTE'. :devil: MalaMUTE? Sled Dog (originally bred for hauling heavy freight) Buehler? Anyone?


MalaMUTE? -- That would be Norway, and perhaps the Finns if they buy in.

Re: F-35 Unofficial nickname

Unread postPosted: 23 Dec 2016, 20:43
by spazsinbad
How 'bout Alaskan Malamute: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alaskan_Malamute
OR
"In Northwestern Alaska, a tribe of Innuit, called the Mahlemuts, developed a breed of dog for hauling heavy loads in harsh weather and assisting with hunting. The dog they developed shares its ancestry with other arctic breeds: the Samoyed of Russia, the Siberian Husky and the Eskimo dogs of Greenland and Labrador. However, the Mahlemuts dog was not built for speed, but for power and his impressive stature supports this fact...."

Source: http://www.purina.com.au/owning-a-dog/d ... n-Malamute

Re: F-35 Unofficial nickname

Unread postPosted: 24 Dec 2016, 02:54
by steve2267
Like I said, the northern clime operators -- Norway etc., can have the malamute nickname. But Oh, Canada! can have the wazoo.

You Aussie's have a certain cache -- you always seem to get the girls. So if Harmon isn't quite your style, you could take wa-wa or maybe Solotone is more your style given your suave sophistication and twangy accent.

Re: F-35 Unofficial nickname

Unread postPosted: 24 Dec 2016, 03:04
by steve2267
Y'know, whispa isn't a half-bad nickname. It suggests whisper which isn't a half bad nickname either. Maybe it's not quite a whisper sonically, but in the EM spectrum it certainly is just a hint of a whisper. Maybe maus Advance Super Hornet should be the kazoo.

Re: F-35 Unofficial nickname

Unread postPosted: 24 Dec 2016, 03:44
by spazsinbad
I thought ALASKA was a state of America? "In Northwestern Alaska, a tribe of Innuit, called the Mahlemuts..."

Re: F-35 Unofficial nickname

Unread postPosted: 24 Dec 2016, 18:06
by steve2267
Other names bouncing around in my head:

Orca

Someone had previously suggested Orca. I think it fits very well, especially for the naval -C variant. I think everyone would agree that an orca is "larger" or "more rotund" than, say, a dolphin, yet is still a very sleek animal. Orcas are highly intelligent, hunt in packs, and are merciless killers of their prey -- all attributes that would seem to fit the F-35 to a "T". Now if we could only get Gums' blessing. :mrgreen:


Xwing

A personal favorite. If the F-16 was the Viper, ala Battlestar Galactica fame, then why not Xwing? If you are going to rule Star Wars Canyon, shouldn't it be done in an Xwing? Besides, it has the CDI factor! When the chicks show up at the O-club, all the fighter pilot studs are going to look the same to them... but the lads down at the end of the bar in those brown robes... that will get them curious.

"Hi, I'm Candy! What do you do?" a hot blonde asks the dashing man in the flight suit at the bar.

"Hi there Candy, I'm a voting member. Can I buy you a drink?" he replies.

"I'd love a dirty martini, with a twist," Candy replies, but the former cheerleader is confused, "A voting member, what's that? Hillary lost!"

"No no, I fly the Viper -- the F-16 -- the sexiest plane in the world!" The Viper study catches the eye of the bartender, "Barkeep! Dirty martini with a twist for the lady1"

"Well, what do those guys fly?" Candy asks while pointing towards some earthy men in flightsuits surrounded by a cloud of dust, backlit by the window. "Who? Oh, those guys? They're hog drivers -- they fly the A-10. Ungainly, ugly planes."

"And them?" Candy points towards the cleanest, sharpest dressed pilots at the middle of the bar. "Oh, them," the Viper pilot snickers, "They fly the Raptor. The F-22. They think they rule the roost."

Candy's drink arrives. As she takes a sip, her eyes go wide as she spies some mysterious men down at the end of the bar, clothed in brown robes. "Who are they?" she wispers as she nods towards the far end of the bar? The voting member sighs, "Oh, they're no fun -- they're the Jedi, they say they fly the Xwing."

"You have Xwings? I thought those were only in the movies? And Jedi?" Candy says excitedly. "Really, Candy, they're not inter..." "See you! Thanks for the drink!" Candy gives the Viper stud a peck on the cheek, as she quickly slinks towards the far end of the bar...


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I mean, Jedis? Xwings? Nobody else in the bar would stand a chance! If I was an F-35 jock, I'd be all over Xwing. But alas, we all know the Jedi took an oath of celibacy... so this moniker is deadder than the proverbial door nail. <sigh>

Re: F-35 Unofficial nickname

Unread postPosted: 24 Dec 2016, 18:37
by steve2267
Other than the "Reaper" navy dudes, has anyone heard if an unofficial nickname has been adopted by the pilots?

Someone previously mentioned that pilots have commented that the F-35 "is a beast" and a general said it is like "velociraptors" the way it hunts in packs and kills everything.

If the F-16 was the Viper, and if the F-35 is nominally the replacement of the F-16, and ups the Viper's game in pretty much all arenas... then some "Vee" names for the F-35 might be:

Valiant

Perhaps the Brits might like this name, following in the footsteps of King Arthur court's as it were.


Valkerie

Norwegian (Norse) goddesses soaring through the sky amongst the lightning and thunderbolts, choosing who will live, and who will die. But how can this be, if the guys up north are malamutes? Ok... let Oh! Canada be the malamutes, and the Norwegian studs can ride the Valkeries.


SOV

Pronounced "sauve" for Son of Viper.


VR Pronounced "var" (rhymes with bar) -- short for velociraptor, as velociraptor seems a bit long for a plane's nickname.


Vector

I kind of like this one. A nickname that works on so many different levels (albeit probably too many esoteric ones). One of the visual characteristics of the F-35 that struck me, was not that it was fat (ala "stubby"), but that it is rather sleek -- but very angular. It's shape reminded me of a triangular wedge, a delta, then it occurred to me: a vector. The sound of "vector" suggests the shape of the F-35 to me. "Vector" is used in tactics when describing interception of an enemy aircraft or formation. And lastly, the geeky engineers that created the F-35 used vectors all the time -- vectors in computing / computer science, vectors in computer graphics, lots of vectors in CFD which played a key role in developing the aerodynamic shape of the aircraft, and I'm sure lots of vectors in the VLO / stealthy software. While there were a lot of vectors involved, one could argue there were even more tensors, especially seeing how a vector is a tensor of order 1, but who in their right mind would call a plane a "tensor", whereas most people would have an idea what a vector is, and if not, at least the pronunciation suggests the shape.

Re: F-35 Unofficial nickname

Unread postPosted: 24 Dec 2016, 18:49
by steve2267
People have mentioned transformers with regard to the STOVL -B variant. Of course, in the Transformers movies, "Bee" was the Transformer assigned to protect the human protaganist, so we have Bee and Killer Bee.

But Bee (the Transformer film character) transformed into a Camaro in the movies. So, even though I prefer Ford Mustangs, and I like the P-51, and it pains me to suggest:

Camaro one sh*t hot muscle car

so why not also

Corvette another classic American muscle car

Re: F-35 Unofficial nickname

Unread postPosted: 24 Dec 2016, 19:09
by steve2267
I think I've almost got all these names out of my system. The last few...

Going back to the notion that visually the F-35 resembles a delta or shard of glass from certain angles, it occurred to me you could call the F-35 a

Blade

Then the studs would be blade runners. And since blade runners didn't swear an oath of celibacy, they have the upper hand on the Jedi in the O-club bar when chasing the skirts. It also occured to me, that an F-35 pilot could say he flies the Xwing, but to do so he would have to swear an oath of celibacy (required for Jedi status), and wear that dorky brown robe to the O-club. Since that ain't happening... Xwing as a name is dead in the water. R.I.P.

If the Navy boys are hard over on calling their -C variant after an unglamorous turboprop pusher UAV (aka Reaper), the Air Force dudes could claim

Wraith

Lastly, I give you the Mark2 --or-- Mark II.... as in Viper Mk II. It pays homage to the Viper, but only better -- new & improved.

Re: F-35 Unofficial nickname

Unread postPosted: 24 Dec 2016, 20:35
by spazsinbad
VALIANT was one of the V for VICTOR Bomber Series back in the 50s n 60s or whatever then they became first high then low altitude bombers then tankers to end their days. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/V_bomber

Re: F-35 Unofficial nickname

Unread postPosted: 25 Dec 2016, 04:46
by tincansailor
Reaper is fine by me. The C model with the longer wings is the most graceful of the 3, so maybe the navy boys should get to give the name that sticks. I do like Wraith because like Reaper it implies a supernatural creature that stalks it's prey unseen, before killing it. That's a good description of what the F-35 does.

You know there is another choice. Raptor pilots call their birds Raptors, why can't Lightning pilots call theirs Lightnings? Its a good name in it's own right. Before the Jurassic Park movies they were going to call the F-22 the Lightning II. Nothing strikes like lightning.

Re: F-35 Unofficial nickname

Unread postPosted: 25 Dec 2016, 05:17
by popcorn
Stealthy and omniscient...

Re: F-35 Unofficial nickname

Unread postPosted: 25 Dec 2016, 06:04
by spazsinbad
ONLY the SHADOW KNOWs....

Re: F-35 Unofficial nickname

Unread postPosted: 04 Feb 2017, 01:41
by popcorn
Killer Pebble :D

Re: F-35 Unofficial nickname

Unread postPosted: 04 Feb 2017, 01:47
by spazsinbad
:poke: Patience - GRASSHOPPER :wtf: [for the B innit]

Re: F-35 Unofficial nickname

Unread postPosted: 04 Feb 2017, 03:21
by popcorn
Ninja.

Re: F-35 Unofficial nickname

Unread postPosted: 04 Feb 2017, 03:25
by Dragon029
Something slightly official:

https://www.reddit.com/r/F35Lightning/c ... names_yet/
When the F-35C first went to sea in November 2014 for Developmental Test 1 sea trials, the air boss on the USS Nimitz thout that the F-35's chined fuselage and radome gave it a sharp beak like a Raven's. So, he directed that pilots making arrested landings on the carrier use "Raven" to ID themselves when landing. So the pilot would say something like "Salty Dog Seven Three, Raven Ball, Two point Eight". (I'm an aircraft from VX-23, my number is 73, I'm an F-35C, I see the ball, 2800 pounds of internal fuel). And thus the arresting gear guys would know how to set their gear up.

Or so the semi-official story that the test directors spread around afterwards went.

The nickname "Raven" has stuck through the next two sea trials. So I think that's what the naval aviation community is going to use.

Re: F-35 Unofficial nickname

Unread postPosted: 04 Feb 2017, 03:29
by steve2267
The Israelis called their F-35's the Adir. (No idea if that is the unofficial nickname amongs the IAF aircrews.)

So, sure, why can't the Japanese call theirs the ninja?

Pretty sure the ROKs would NOT go along with ninja for their aircraft.

Actually, Lighntning has kinda been growing on me. Or Bolt for short. But then you are back to Volt since it is such an electric jet...

Re: F-35 Unofficial nickname

Unread postPosted: 22 Feb 2017, 00:18
by herd
Some friends and I have taken to calling the aircraft 'Misfit' due to all the controvercy surrounding the aircraft.

Re: F-35 Unofficial nickname

Unread postPosted: 22 Feb 2017, 00:40
by steve2267
herd wrote:Some friends and I have taken to calling the aircraft 'Misfit' due to all the controvercy surrounding the aircraft.

Some have noted that the F-35B reminds them of The Hulk because of the way, when viewed from the front, the fuselage bulges out right behind the cockpit where it houses the liftfan, and reminds them of bulging neck muscles. They noted that pilots had been calling the F-35 "a beast" from the way it was dominating exercises / training sorties. The Hulk is a misfit among the Marvel superheros...

Re: F-35 Unofficial nickname

Unread postPosted: 06 Mar 2017, 18:24
by luke_sandoz
"Thunderbolt & Lightnings, very, very frightening . . ."

Nice photo.

Re: F-35 Unofficial nickname

Unread postPosted: 06 Mar 2017, 20:20
by dr.weird
Finally decided to make an account

Surprised "Troll" hasn't been mentioned... since it seems to bring em all out.
Plus, lightening scares trolls in some folklore if I'm not mistaken (Beowulf?)

this thread is probably dead tho, I like Gum's "Stubby" if something else hasn't already become the official unofficial nickname :whistle:

Re: F-35 Unofficial nickname

Unread postPosted: 07 Mar 2017, 00:06
by spazsinbad
'Dr.wired' :devil: Is that ROCKY MOUNTAIN HIGH SCHOOL? :doh: Dr.John, The Night Tripper graduated from there:
ZuZu Mamou. Long 'snake eggs in your hair' version: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d3OD4kHKA3I

A few USMC pilots have mentioned most of their sorties from ships will be at night (I'll guess supporting V-22 troop insertions behind/to avoid enemy defences. Pity that VOODOO is so well used already - BVR missiles outta nowhere.


Re: F-35 Unofficial nickname

Unread postPosted: 10 Mar 2017, 13:30
by ricnunes
<F-35 Hater mode>

The photo above is the definitive the proof that the F-35 is a crap! Look how the F-35 is loosing the race against a WWII P-47 and P-38 and it's even loosing the race to the subsonic A-10!

</F-35 Hater mode>

:mrgreen:

Now more seriously but not so, my suggestions for the F-35 Unofficial nickname would be:

TPA - Trudeau's Pain in the a$$

or alternatively,

"Hater Frustrator" or HF - For the F-35's ability of proving time after time that almost everything that the F-35 haters say and their predictions are wrong and false :mrgreen:

Re: F-35 Unofficial nickname

Unread postPosted: 15 Mar 2017, 04:22
by pmi
dr.weird wrote:Surprised "Troll" hasn't been mentioned... since it seems to bring em all out.
Plus, lightening scares trolls in some folklore if I'm not mistaken (Beowulf?)


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Re: F-35 Unofficial nickname

Unread postPosted: 15 Mar 2017, 15:40
by steve2267
I was re-reading a blog that Dolby (Morten Hanche) had written. He commented about the curious "howling" the F-35 makes when he drops the hammer to get his smash back at certain points in the subsonic flight regime. He said it seemed to be a combination of airflow and engine noise.

Since other's have mentioned pilots talking about what a "beast" the F-35 was in excercises... you might have

wolf
howler


Along the "beast" motif, as in "beast" of a Nordic god...

thor
hammer


I suppose bolt could work. It has a certain double entendre: bucket of bolts --or-- lightning bolt.

But the more I read about this jet and its performance, Lightning is growing on me, especially given its non-kinematic electronic ISR and EW capabilities. Give it a laser in 10-20 years and it will be even more appropos.

Re: F-35 Unofficial nickname

Unread postPosted: 30 Apr 2017, 04:26
by boilermaker
Angry Bird or Hunchback

Grakle

Re: F-35 Unofficial nickname

Unread postPosted: 05 May 2017, 03:19
by arg
"Hulk" just has cool connotations with it:

- From the TV series with Bill Bixby: "Don't make me angry........you won't like me when I'm angry..."

- From the movie The Avengers: Captain America: "Hulk............smash!"

Re: F-35 Unofficial nickname

Unread postPosted: 19 May 2017, 22:50
by spazsinbad
Ravin' RAVEN : https://www.reddit.com/r/F35Lightning/c ... names_yet/
"When the F-35C first went to sea in November 2014 for Developmental Test 1 sea trials, the air boss on the USS Nimitz thout that the F-35's chined fuselage and radome gave it a sharp beak like a Raven's. So, he directed that pilots making arrested landings on the carrier use "Raven" to ID themselves when landing. So the pilot would say something like "Salty Dog Seven Three, Raven Ball, Two point Eight". (I'm an aircraft from VX-23, my number is 73, I'm an F-35C, I see the ball, 2800 pounds of internal fuel). And thus the arresting gear guys would know how to set their gear up.

Or so the semi-official story that the test directors spread around afterwards went. The nickname "Raven" has stuck through the next two sea trials. So I think that's what the naval aviation community is going to use."

Re: F-35 Unofficial nickname

Unread postPosted: 22 May 2017, 14:59
by taterhater
Made an account just to suggest something for this

Trending along the line of Hammer and Lightning, how about Mjolnir? (Thors hammer and where he gets his lightning powers) :D

Re: F-35 Unofficial nickname

Unread postPosted: 22 May 2017, 15:06
by spazsinbad
'Mjolnir'? How about 'wysiwyg'?

Re: F-35 Unofficial nickname

Unread postPosted: 22 May 2017, 16:00
by sferrin
The All Seeing Eye

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Unread postPosted: 22 May 2017, 16:11
by steve2267
sferrin wrote:The All Seeing Eye


Cyclops?

Re: F-35 Unofficial nickname

Unread postPosted: 23 May 2017, 01:21
by sprstdlyscottsmn
Sauron. I do like Raven though.

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Unread postPosted: 23 May 2017, 01:31
by Dragon029
Raven also goes with the Game of Thrones' 3-eyed raven (who sees all).

Re: F-35 Unofficial nickname

Unread postPosted: 08 Jun 2017, 08:07
by condor1970
Raven is pretty good. A very intelligent and advanced social bird. Not much unlike the networked nature of the F-35.

Although, my old school humor can't help but come out on this one. Considering the nature and history of government projects , along with the concerns over the F-35 being a lemon (which it isn't), I can't help but think of this with a smile.

I miss childhood.

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Unread postPosted: 08 Jun 2017, 19:28
by sferrin
sprstdlyscottsmn wrote:Sauron. I do like Raven though.


I like "Sauron" but he did lose so. . . :shrug:

Re: F-35 Unofficial nickname

Unread postPosted: 08 Jun 2017, 23:54
by popcorn
COVFEFE... because foes won't be able to figure it out. :devil:

Re: F-35 Unofficial nickname

Unread postPosted: 09 Jun 2017, 00:29
by spazsinbad
:slap: :doh: :notworthy: :lmao: :applause: Thanks 'popcorn' much better than 'hipporhinosacow'/andydillywapagator'. :crazypilot: :cheers:

Re: F-35 Unofficial nickname

Unread postPosted: 09 Jun 2017, 05:54
by wrightwing
The Alan Parsons Project.

Re: F-35 Unofficial nickname

Unread postPosted: 09 Jun 2017, 16:32
by tincansailor
Wraith works for me. It attacks out of nowhere, and you only see as you die.

Re: F-35 Unofficial nickname

Unread postPosted: 10 Jun 2017, 02:17
by botsing
Raven is the name that sticks with me. I like it and I hope it will gain momentum.

Re: F-35 Unofficial nickname

Unread postPosted: 20 Jun 2017, 04:18
by white_lightning35
Planey mcplaneface

Re: F-35 Unofficial nickname

Unread postPosted: 18 Aug 2017, 03:00
by nutshell
"bird of s-prey" :mrgreen: :mrgreen:

Re: F-35 Unofficial nickname

Unread postPosted: 18 Aug 2017, 09:07
by spazsinbad


Re: F-35 Unofficial nickname

Unread postPosted: 11 Oct 2017, 20:03
by steve2267
I suggested Thor a while back.

How about Zeus -- god of the skies, flinging lightning bolts at those who displease him. Kind of fits the "beast" mode theme as well.

In keeping with the locale motif (i.e. Israel naming their -35's Adir), the Scandinavian countries could rock Thor, the Norse god of thunder/lightning.

Re: F-35 Unofficial nickname

Unread postPosted: 11 Oct 2017, 21:53
by flighthawk128
Wasn't Raven already taken by the EF-111s?

I still like Stubby; nicknames should be affectionately condescending :mrgreen:

Re: F-35 Unofficial nickname

Unread postPosted: 11 Oct 2017, 22:06
by sprstdlyscottsmn
flighthawk128 wrote:Wasn't Raven already taken by the EF-111s?

I still like Stubby; nicknames should be affectionately condescending :mrgreen:

Like SLUF, BUFF, Rodan, and Woblin Goblin.

Re: F-35 Unofficial nickname

Unread postPosted: 11 Oct 2017, 22:14
by spazsinbad
:devil: :doh: People wonder about F-35 mid-life weight gain with perhaps an engine upgrade. Already the F-35 carries a lot of negative propaganda baggage (see recent RT :roll: arstickle) and because some reckon it is so difficult to operate due software issues then I'll go for FRIDGE for the stress eating in it! :devil: OPEN THE POD BAY DOOR HAL. :doh:


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Unread postPosted: 12 Oct 2017, 01:03
by jetblast16
Haha.. HAL ejects them :devil:

Re: F-35 Unofficial nickname

Unread postPosted: 12 Oct 2017, 16:28
by arg
If we're talkin' "beast mode", then I really like "Hulk".......


"Hulk......SMASH!" :)

Re: F-35 Unofficial nickname

Unread postPosted: 12 Oct 2017, 17:17
by sprstdlyscottsmn
Didn't the Marines say "It was like watching the Velociraptors from Jurassic Park, they killed everything." Too bad the F-22 took that name. Can't they switch? The F-22 was supposed to be the Lightning II once upon a time.

Reaper. Kills everything, goes well with Raptor. Oh wait, a drone took that one.

Stubby, Killer Bee, and Krakken

Re: F-35 Unofficial nickname

Unread postPosted: 12 Oct 2017, 19:18
by krorvik
steve2267 wrote:the Scandinavian countries could rock Thor, the Norse god of thunder/lightning.


We kinda already did...

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Re: F-35 Unofficial nickname

Unread postPosted: 12 Oct 2017, 21:36
by spazsinbad
'krorvik' nice tail - nice acknowledgement of repair.

Re: F-35 Unofficial nickname

Unread postPosted: 13 Oct 2017, 00:41
by jetblast16
'The Misunderstood'

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Unread postPosted: 13 Oct 2017, 09:34
by tincansailor
I still go with Wraith. An unseen stalker, who passes though walls, or defenses, striking terror in the hearts of it's targets. Pilots report they feel such anxiety going up against stealth fighters that they make mistakes, which only makes their situation worse. A demoralized enemy is already half defeated. Besides Wraith fits with Raptor, like the team of Spitfire and Hurricane did for the RAF in WWII.

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Unread postPosted: 13 Oct 2017, 10:41
by hornetfinn
Wraith is definitely a good one in many ways and sounds menacing. "Demon" would also be decent name for similar reasons.

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Unread postPosted: 13 Oct 2017, 11:11
by spazsinbad
:twisted: :mrgreen: :doh: :devil: The WRAITH 'music' will grow on you - don't wash it off. :devil: :doh: :mrgreen: :twisted: CLOAKS - WRAITH


Re: F-35 Unofficial nickname

Unread postPosted: 06 Nov 2017, 22:32
by steve2267
I know some here on this board have spoken with F35 pilots at airshows or static displays. PlayItLoud comes to mind, I think.

Has anyone asked the pilots if they have an informal nickname for the jet yet?

Re: F-35 Unofficial nickname

Unread postPosted: 06 Nov 2017, 22:34
by playloud
steve2267 wrote:I know some here on this board have spoken with F35 pilots at airshows or static displays. PlayItLoud comes to mind, I think.

Has anyone asked the pilots if they have an informal nickname for the jet yet?

I forgot to ask that one.

Re: F-35 Unofficial nickname

Unread postPosted: 06 Nov 2017, 23:26
by steve2267
I just tweeted Col Berke. According to the good Colonel, by his retirement the pilot community had yet to adopt or choose an informal nickname.

So I guess this contest is still open... :drool:

Re: F-35 Unofficial nickname

Unread postPosted: 06 Nov 2017, 23:45
by viper12
I'd suggest Odin, the wise god, especially since Thor is already taken by an F-16. :twisted:

Re: F-35 Unofficial nickname

Unread postPosted: 06 Nov 2017, 23:49
by steve2267
I think earlier I had suggested Zeus because he stood on top of Mt Olympus and flung lightning bolts if I'm not mistaken. Isn't Odin the Norske equivalent to Zeus?

Re: F-35 Unofficial nickname

Unread postPosted: 07 Nov 2017, 01:00
by viper12
Odin isn't linked to Zeus, but he plays somewhat the same role IIRC in Norse mythology. At least in the Marvel universe, his role is clearly similar to Zeus. :mrgreen:

Re: F-35 Unofficial nickname

Unread postPosted: 07 Nov 2017, 01:23
by spazsinbad
GADzooks - good one ZEUS! "...Lightning Bolts were the signature weapon and symbol of Zeus..."

http://greekmythology.wikia.com/wiki/Lightning_Bolt - GREEK ME UP Scottie!

https://vignette.wikia.nocookie.net/how ... 1228002850

Re: F-35 Unofficial nickname

Unread postPosted: 07 Nov 2017, 03:31
by Corsair1963
steve2267 wrote:I just tweeted Col Berke. According to the good Colonel, by his retirement the pilot community had yet to adopt or choose an informal nickname.

So I guess this contest is still open... :drool:




I know that Col. Berke retired from the USMC. Yet, what is he doing now??? Does anybody know???

Re: F-35 Unofficial nickname

Unread postPosted: 07 Nov 2017, 03:50
by steve2267
You can follow Col Berke via his Twitter feed: @davidrberke

His Twitter page says he is an @EchelonFront leadership instructor and an Aviation consultant.

His internet domain, davidrberke.com re-directs to this LinkedIn account: https://www.linkedin.com/in/davidrberke/

Sounds like he is doing just fine in the business consulting world.

Re: F-35 Unofficial nickname

Unread postPosted: 07 Nov 2017, 03:55
by Dragon029
He works at a leadership training company run by vets: https://www.echelonfront.com/

Also apparently as of last month he became a Non-Resident Senior Fellow at the CSBA (the group that put out this report for example), as a 5th gen specialist.

Also, while I already mentioned this pages back, at least one name that's running within the F-35C community is "Reaper", with it being called that at least during one F-35C DT.

Re: F-35 Unofficial nickname

Unread postPosted: 07 Nov 2017, 04:01
by steve2267
Dragon029 wrote:Also, while I already mentioned this pages back, at least one name that's running within the F-35C community is "Reaper", with it being called that at least during one F-35C DT.


I got the feeling that Reaper was kind of a Navy thing, and that the Corps and Air Force guys may not be onboard with it? Of course, the AF guys would have to go bounce Creech and pound the UAV guys into the sand to take that name...

Re: F-35 Unofficial nickname

Unread postPosted: 07 Nov 2017, 04:08
by spazsinbad
Just search THIS THREAD with reaper to see how many times it crops up - 43 matches. One day - we will know.

'zerion' posted this link in 2014: https://www.defensetech.org/2014/03/11/ ... th-reaper/

Re: F-35 Unofficial nickname

Unread postPosted: 07 Nov 2017, 04:12
by Corsair1963
steve2267 wrote:
Dragon029 wrote:Also, while I already mentioned this pages back, at least one name that's running within the F-35C community is "Reaper", with it being called that at least during one F-35C DT.


I got the feeling that Reaper was kind of a Navy thing, and that the Corps and Air Force guys may not be onboard with it? Of course, the AF guys would have to go bounce Creech and pound the UAV guys into the sand to take that name...



It was a Navy thing as it was started by Grim Reapers VFA-101 flying the F-35C. That said, it's a good name and a good fit in my opinion. Plus, it goes well with "Raptor". :wink:

Re: F-35 Unofficial nickname

Unread postPosted: 07 Nov 2017, 04:12
by durahawk
steve2267 wrote:
Dragon029 wrote:Also, while I already mentioned this pages back, at least one name that's running within the F-35C community is "Reaper", with it being called that at least during one F-35C DT.


I got the feeling that Reaper was kind of a Navy thing, and that the Corps and Air Force guys may not be onboard with it? Of course, the AF guys would have to go bounce Creech and pound the UAV guys into the sand to take that name...


At Nellis at least, the leading contender seems to be simply “Bolt” but time will tell if that catches on AF wide...

Re: F-35 Unofficial nickname

Unread postPosted: 07 Nov 2017, 04:13
by steve2267
Soze all I gots to do is manage to work Xwing into 42 or more posts here and there, and I'll be in the lead? :P

Re: F-35 Unofficial nickname

Unread postPosted: 07 Nov 2017, 04:44
by spazsinbad
8) :roll: :devil: Just keep hittin' that ENTER key brudda and youse'll get there. :doh: :mrgreen: :shock:

Re: F-35 Unofficial nickname

Unread postPosted: 08 Nov 2017, 00:44
by markithere
Stumper ( the condition it puts enemy forces into )
Or
Boggler or boggles

Re: F-35 Unofficial nickname

Unread postPosted: 08 Nov 2017, 01:02
by popcorn
durahawk wrote:At Nellis at least, the leading contender seems to be simply “Bolt” but time will tell if that catches on AF wide...


... even has the lightning ... though he was pretty clueless at the start :mrgreen:

Re: F-35 Unofficial nickname

Unread postPosted: 08 Nov 2017, 01:52
by steve2267
I still like Xwing (there ya go spaz... <Enter> <Enter> <Enter>)...

But Bolt works. There is some kind of word relationship between bolt and beast I can't quite put my finger on. It also refers obliquely back to the P-47 Thunderbolt which was rather chunky compared to the lithe lines of the Spitfire and the magnificent Mustang. The F-35 is similarly kinda "chunky" compared to its contemporaries (Rafale, F-16, Eurofighter).

Re: F-35 Unofficial nickname

Unread postPosted: 08 Nov 2017, 06:22
by Corsair1963
Maybe Lightning in another language???



For example in Japanese.....Shinden (震電, "Magnificent Lightning") or Senden (閃電"Flashing Lighting") or Shiden (紫電 "Violet Lightning")

Re: F-35 Unofficial nickname

Unread postPosted: 08 Nov 2017, 13:20
by steve2267
what would bolt of lightning or lightning bolt be in Japanese?

Re: F-35 Unofficial nickname

Unread postPosted: 08 Nov 2017, 13:32
by viper12
It would be the following 13-stroke kanji : 雷

Which reads kaminari : https://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/%E9%9B%B7#Etymology_1

Re: F-35 Unofficial nickname

Unread postPosted: 11 Dec 2017, 07:08
by steve2267
Surprised it appears to have not yet been suggested...

Tiger

Or as spaz posted in another thread

Tyger

How about

Flying Tyger

Could be prescient if southeast Asia gets loud again.

Re: F-35 Unofficial nickname

Unread postPosted: 11 Dec 2017, 21:22
by blindpilot
Okay, I'm going to weigh in.

I don't know what the pilots will end up calling it ... but ...

The adversaries going against it, air, sea or ground, will definitely call it the "What The ...?!" (as in WTF!)

So we might as well go ahead and call it the Whatthe.

MHO,
BP

Re: F-35 Unofficial nickname

Unread postPosted: 12 Dec 2017, 03:46
by madrat
iBolt to recognize it's highly digitalized.

Re: F-35 Unofficial nickname

Unread postPosted: 12 Dec 2017, 03:55
by white_lightning35
blindpilot wrote:Okay, I'm going to weigh in.

I don't know what the pilots will end up calling it ... but ...

The adversaries going against it, air, sea or ground, will definitely call it the "What The ...?!" (as in WTF!)

So we might as well go ahead and call it the Whatthe.

MHO,
BP


This is definitely my favorite. Great idea as always.

Re: F-35 Unofficial nickname

Unread postPosted: 12 Dec 2017, 03:56
by white_lightning35
Corsair1963 wrote:Maybe Lightning in another language???



For example in Japanese.....Shinden (震電, "Magnificent Lightning") or Senden (閃電"Flashing Lighting") or Shiden (紫電 "Violet Lightning")


Raiden:Image

Re: F-35 Unofficial nickname

Unread postPosted: 19 Dec 2017, 09:43
by lbk000
steve2267 wrote:But Bolt works. There is some kind of word relationship between bolt and beast I can't quite put my finger on. It also refers obliquely back to the P-47 Thunderbolt which was rather chunky compared to the lithe lines of the Spitfire and the magnificent Mustang. The F-35 is similarly kinda "chunky" compared to its contemporaries (Rafale, F-16, Eurofighter).

Bolt is the first nickname that really struck a chord with me. In addition to lightning imagery, it also brings to mind the bolt as a fastener. A bolt is solid and robust like the aircraft, and it immediately points to the F-35's core function in linking together not only other units in the battlefield, but also the different services and international relationships.

Re: F-35 Unofficial nickname

Unread postPosted: 19 Dec 2017, 14:21
by JetTest
Stubby

Re: F-35 Unofficial nickname

Unread postPosted: 19 Dec 2017, 17:06
by sprstdlyscottsmn
In my head they are the Stubby, Killer Bee, and "Cee" Monster.

Re: F-35 Unofficial nickname

Unread postPosted: 19 Dec 2017, 17:30
by botsing
In Dutch the word lightning is translated to "Bliksem", so what about "Blixem"?

With future LASER upgrades the F-35 can blix-em (as in "blix them") out of the sky. :mrgreen:

Re: F-35 Unofficial nickname

Unread postPosted: 19 Dec 2017, 19:38
by spazsinbad
BOLT won't get a leg over with the USN due "Bolter, Bolter, Bolter" terminology of LSOs. Then there is the SANTA Reindeer Effect with eight names (pick one): Dasher, Dancer, Prancer, Vixen, Comet, Cupid, Donner, and Blitzen.

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Unread postPosted: 19 Dec 2017, 21:22
by white_lightning35
spazsinbad wrote:BOLT won't get a leg over with the USN due "Bolter, Bolter, Bolter" terminology of LSOs. Then there is the SANTA Reindeer Effect with eight names (pick one): Dasher, Dancer, Prancer, Vixen, Comet, Cupid, Donner, and Blitzen.

You know raptor and viper and tomcat and warthog, eagle and nighthawk and hornet and blackbird, but do you recall, the most hated fighter of them all?

Rudolph the joint strike fighter, had a very large fuel load, and for his avionics, had nine million lines of code!
All of the other fighters, used to laugh and call him names, they never let poor Rudolph, join in any of their wargames.

Then one foggy Christmas eve, a general came to say,” Rudolph with your RCS so small, find some air defences and kill them all.”
Then how the haters loved him, and they shouted out with glee,” Rudolph the joint strike fighter, you’ll go down in history!

Re: F-35 Unofficial nickname

Unread postPosted: 19 Dec 2017, 21:25
by sprstdlyscottsmn
:lmao: :lmao: :lmao:

Re: F-35 Unofficial nickname

Unread postPosted: 19 Dec 2017, 21:31
by botsing
white_lightning35 wrote:Rudolph the joint strike fighter, had a very large fuel load, and for his avionics, had nine million lines of code!
All of the other fighters, used to laugh and call him names, they never let poor Rudolph, join in any of their wargames.

LOL brilliant!

Re: F-35 Unofficial nickname

Unread postPosted: 19 Dec 2017, 21:48
by spazsinbad

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Unread postPosted: 20 Dec 2017, 00:33
by viper12
lbk000 wrote:
steve2267 wrote:But Bolt works. There is some kind of word relationship between bolt and beast I can't quite put my finger on. It also refers obliquely back to the P-47 Thunderbolt which was rather chunky compared to the lithe lines of the Spitfire and the magnificent Mustang. The F-35 is similarly kinda "chunky" compared to its contemporaries (Rafale, F-16, Eurofighter).

Bolt is the first nickname that really struck a chord with me. In addition to lightning imagery, it also brings to mind the bolt as a fastener. A bolt is solid and robust like the aircraft, and it immediately points to the F-35's core function in linking together not only other units in the battlefield, but also the different services and international relationships.


Usain, is that you ? I can't tell since you ran so fast ! :twisted:

Re: F-35 Unofficial nickname

Unread postPosted: 20 Dec 2017, 00:37
by tincansailor
Bolt is a good solid name. But for what it conveys you might as well stick with the official name of Lightning. The P-47 Thunderbolt was never called Bolt, it got Jug because of it's jug shape. The P-38 Lightning never got another nickname. Lightning II isn't bad, but again my pick would be Wraith. A spirit that invisibly stalks, and slays it's victim. Besides it works well with the F-22. Raptors, and Wraiths, good team.

Re: F-35 Unofficial nickname

Unread postPosted: 20 Dec 2017, 03:15
by durahawk
spazsinbad wrote:BOLT won't get a leg over with the USN due "Bolter, Bolter, Bolter" terminology of LSOs. Then there is the SANTA Reindeer Effect with eight names (pick one): Dasher, Dancer, Prancer, Vixen, Comet, Cupid, Donner, and Blitzen.


Of course with JPALS, "Bolter" might be a term a whole lot less frequently used :thumb:

Re: F-35 Unofficial nickname

Unread postPosted: 20 Dec 2017, 03:18
by durahawk
white_lightning35 wrote:[You know raptor and viper and tomcat and warthog, eagle and nighthawk and hornet and blackbird, but do you recall, the most hated fighter of them all?

Rudolph the joint strike fighter, had a very large fuel load, and for his avionics, had nine million lines of code!
All of the other fighters, used to laugh and call him names, they never let poor Rudolph, join in any of their wargames.

Then one foggy Christmas eve, a general came to say,” Rudolph with your RCS so small, find some air defences and kill them all.”
Then how the haters loved him, and they shouted out with glee,” Rudolph the joint strike fighter, you’ll go down in history![/i]


This is outstanding! :cheers:

Re: F-35 Unofficial nickname

Unread postPosted: 20 Dec 2017, 03:30
by steve2267
If Bolt is too close to bolter... with a little play on phonetics, you could go with Volt which is still apropos to both lightning and to the fact that the F-35 is more of an electric jet than the Viper. And as long as the USN is not doing tons of exchange tours with German Navy pilots, I don't think they would have to worry about "Volter volter volter!"

Nice job on the ditty white_lightning. :D

Re: F-35 Unofficial nickname

Unread postPosted: 20 Dec 2017, 04:29
by spazsinbad
durahawk wrote:
spazsinbad wrote:BOLT won't get a leg over with the USN due "Bolter, Bolter, Bolter" terminology of LSOs. Then there is the SANTA Reindeer Effect with eight names (pick one): Dasher, Dancer, Prancer, Vixen, Comet, Cupid, Donner, and Blitzen.


Of course with JPALS, "Bolter" might be a term a whole lot less frequently used :thumb:

In practice JPALS Auto Approaches MAY NOT be the standard F-35C approach day/night. There will be a lot of F-35C pilot push back to use only the IDLC/Delta Flight Path and use JPALS auto approaches for when they are needed (with practice thrown in - more or less how auto approaches are done today I'm told - it is uncomfortable flying a beam moving about).

Re: F-35 Unofficial nickname

Unread postPosted: 25 Dec 2017, 04:26
by arg
I suspect any pilot would stop talking about 'flying a Stubby' the minute someone comes back with "That's what she said!" :wink:

Re: F-35 Unofficial nickname

Unread postPosted: 11 Jan 2018, 12:58
by anthonydsuza
Great Post...got to know about few things.Some Additional Info to add on https://defenceupdate.in/rafale-f-35-wi ... -collapsed :)

Re: F-35 Unofficial nickname

Unread postPosted: 11 Jan 2018, 13:48
by spazsinbad
My advice to you newbie that you read/look at the board to see the different categories before posting anything. I can see you posted this inappropriate to this topic 'F-35 Unofficial nickname' in the first thread of the first sub-section. There is a 'RAFALE/F-35' thread in F-35 versus XYZ sub-section here: viewtopic.php?f=55&t=6094&p=385578#p385578

Re: F-35 Unofficial nickname

Unread postPosted: 11 Jan 2018, 15:44
by white_lightning35
"stealth was a controversial addition to the f-35"

"Maybe F-35 is better but there is lot tehnicial problems with it and that is reason why it is not in use. F-35 is stealth plane and that is main and only adventage when compared to Rafale."

"In close 1-on-1 fight F-35 dont have chance against Rafale. Rafale is more agile, has better thrust to weight ratio and has lot more chance to win. F-35 can only win if attack Rafale before it detect threat…"

This one is the best :doh:
"On a technical and technological point, the Rafale is the best fighter jet money can buy. Its technology and avionics include things that the US is only beginning to develop, such as data fusion (absurdly touted as one of the revolutionary new features of the F-35 boondoggle despite having been present in the Rafale and the Gripen for over a decade) or the SPECTRA defense suite."

"Finally, the F-35 isn’t “a full generation ahead of the Rafale”. On the contrary, it’s only playing catch-up technologically. The main thing of the F-35 over a Rafale is its supposed stealth design… However, this is also its main real weakness. Stealth design results in poor aerodynamics, making it less vulnerable than the planes it replaces, and requiring vastly more fuel to burn per miles flown. It also makes maintenance harder and more complicated; US militaries will outsource maintenance to LockMart teams to save on training their own technicians."

"Between that and the gas guzzling, the F-35’s cost per flying hour will be easily double, if not triple, that of the Rafale. Payload is severely decreased, unless you want to use external hardpoints, which negate the supposed stealth advantage. But even if you dismiss all these drawbacks, what you get is nothing worth writing home about."

"The F-35’s stealth is easily defeated by operating radars outside the X-band range. Its stealth design also only covers the front angle — not the bottom, top, side, and especially not the rear. This means that an F-35 is easy to detect from ground radars (below it) or early warning radar planes (like the AWACS) flying above."

Yikes.

Re: F-35 Unofficial nickname

Unread postPosted: 11 Jan 2018, 17:21
by monkeypilot
spazsinbad wrote:My advice to you newbie that you read/look at the board to see the different categories before posting anything. I can see you posted this inappropriate to this topic 'F-35 Unofficial nickname' in the first thread of the first sub-section. There is a 'RAFALE/F-35' thread in F-35 versus XYZ sub-section here: viewtopic.php?f=55&t=6094&p=385578#p385578


Agree. Albeit these "vs" should and could be sometimes "with"1. All in all, these planes are sensed to cooperate within western forces...

Re: F-35 Unofficial nickname

Unread postPosted: 11 Jan 2018, 18:44
by hythelday
spazsinbad wrote:My advice to you newbie that you read/look at the board to see ...


Spaz, do you think a user whose first (and hopefully only) post is link to dubious blog full of BS in the wrong thread is going to take advice & act diligently? Best case it's a promo bot to attract clicks, worst case he's a toxic troll like wewuz et al.

Best course of action - report & ignore.

Re: F-35 Unofficial nickname

Unread postPosted: 06 Mar 2018, 10:50
by bear76
F-35 "Jug".

Re: F-35 Unofficial nickname

Unread postPosted: 06 Mar 2018, 18:31
by sunstersun
F-35 Raven is so perfect.

Re: F-35 Unofficial nickname

Unread postPosted: 07 Mar 2018, 05:40
by madrat
Vamp, for 'Core' stealth fighter in the circa 2000 RTS game Total Annihilation

Re: F-35 Unofficial nickname

Unread postPosted: 07 Mar 2018, 11:11
by KamenRiderBlade
What about the F-35 being nicknamed "Cerberus"?

The 3 heads of the guardian hell hound could represent the A, B, C types.

Re: F-35 Unofficial nickname

Unread postPosted: 07 Mar 2018, 18:57
by jetblast16
TARDIS: bigger on the inside than the outside

Re: F-35 Unofficial nickname

Unread postPosted: 10 Mar 2018, 23:25
by jetblast16
I was watching a video showcasing the 'B' at sea, and a 'C' made a few passes.. It dawned on me, at least the 'C' variant, owing from its larger wing from certain angles, especially head on, looks like a Vampire...swoop down and get you at night. Unofficial nickname, Vampire?

F-35C-VFA-125-NAS-Lemoore-Flyover-777x437.jpg

Re: F-35 Unofficial nickname

Unread postPosted: 11 Mar 2018, 00:13
by durahawk
jetblast16 wrote:I was watching a video showcasing the 'B' at sea, and a 'C' made a few passes.. It dawned on me, at least the 'C' variant, owing from its larger wing from certain angles, especially head on, looks like a Vampire...swoop down and get you at night. Unofficial nickname, Vampire?


I agree! (See page 24...)

Re: F-35 Unofficial nickname

Unread postPosted: 11 Mar 2018, 00:17
by spazsinbad
How 'bout page 15: viewtopic.php?f=22&t=10794&p=277483&hilit=Vampire#p277483 'uclass' BZ for the hint.

Re: F-35 Unofficial nickname

Unread postPosted: 11 Mar 2018, 19:31
by jetblast16
LOL. I agree with what others have already said: the 'C' looks like a vampire :shock:

I view all variants, their unofficial nicknames, 'TARDISs'. I'm a fan of the Classic Series of Dr Who. To me, an F-35 is like a TARDIS (the Doctor's time machine for those not acquainted with the show), in that it is seemingly larger on the inside than the outside; the aircraft can hold so much fuel, sensors, avionics, countermeasures, weapons inside, while being only about a foot longer than today's F-16 :shock:

Re: F-35 Unofficial nickname

Unread postPosted: 11 Mar 2018, 20:16
by doge
Wow long. :shock:

Re: F-35 Unofficial nickname

Unread postPosted: 11 Mar 2018, 20:40
by spazsinbad
:devil: Sadly in some circles 'TARD' is short for RETARD which is likely how TARDIS will be spoken/viewed :doh: "THE TARD". :mrgreen:

Re: F-35 Unofficial nickname

Unread postPosted: 11 Mar 2018, 22:16
by madrat
Hawk, for 'Arm' (the rebels against the 'Core') stealth fighter in the circa 2000 RTS game Total Annihilation

The A version could be the "Hawk".

The C version could be the "Vamp".

Maybe the B version could be the "Uber"?

Would the I version then be the "Inca" to denote the gold-plated nonstandard?

Re: F-35 Unofficial nickname

Unread postPosted: 11 Mar 2018, 23:29
by jetblast16
spazsinbad wrote::devil: Sadly in some circles 'TARD' is short for RETARD which is likely how TARDIS will be spoken/viewed :doh: "THE TARD". :mrgreen:


Tar-dis :mrgreen:

Re: F-35 Unofficial nickname

Unread postPosted: 12 Mar 2018, 06:58
by spazsinbad
:shock: NOT A TARD INsight: HUSTLER TAH-dat! :doh:

Re: F-35 Unofficial nickname

Unread postPosted: 15 Mar 2018, 05:30
by KamenRiderBlade
The C model is definitely the most photo-genic!

Re: F-35 Unofficial nickname

Unread postPosted: 15 Mar 2018, 23:26
by sunstersun
the problem with the F-35 look is the short wings. Makes it look fat.

C solves that.

Re: F-35 Unofficial nickname

Unread postPosted: 19 Mar 2018, 16:01
by playloud
sunstersun wrote:the problem with the F-35 look is the short wings. Makes it look fat.

C solves that.

A model = Fat a$$
B model = Fat Boy
C model = Fat Cat

Re: F-35 Unofficial nickname

Unread postPosted: 19 Apr 2018, 00:15
by steve2267
wolf

Suggested earlier, the following quote:

and the whole machine looks aggressive like a guard dog even when the tires are tied down between the blocks


from the viewtopic.php?f=55&t=27253&p=337851#p337851 thread/post brought it to mind. Other folks have noted the wolfpack nature of F-35's hunting. Large wolves can be beasts as well...

Re: F-35 Unofficial nickname

Unread postPosted: 19 Apr 2018, 00:45
by Corsair1963
Honestly, I still think "Reaper" makes the most sense. Plus, it goes well with Raptor. (i.e. F-22)

Re: F-35 Unofficial nickname

Unread postPosted: 19 Apr 2018, 04:09
by steve2267
Reaper works... but hasn't some stupid UAV taken that name?

The F-35C Naval aviators also seem to have laid claim to that name. Will the wing wipers play along? They may still want something of their own for the F-35A...

Re: F-35 Unofficial nickname

Unread postPosted: 19 Apr 2018, 05:12
by durahawk
'Panther' seems to be gaining traction in the USAF. I've seen a few of the WIC dudes wearing "Panther Tamer" patches.

WPS-6-1101.jpg
Source: http://flightlineinsignia.com/


Time will tell...

Re: F-35 Unofficial nickname

Unread postPosted: 19 Apr 2018, 08:43
by hornetfinn
How about 'Ripper'? It sounds quite similar to Raptor and Reaper and is not used by any other system. F-35 is definitely very capable of ripping enemies apart. Of course 'Ripper' also brings some serial killers in mind...

Re: F-35 Unofficial nickname

Unread postPosted: 19 Apr 2018, 21:47
by wrightwing
hornetfinn wrote:How about 'Ripper'? It sounds quite similar to Raptor and Reaper and is not used by any other system. F-35 is definitely very capable of ripping enemies apart. Of course 'Ripper' also brings some serial killers in mind...

You'll soon shake with fear
Never knowing if I'm near
I'm sly and I'm shameless
Nocturnal and nameless
Except for "The Ripper".....

Re: F-35 Unofficial nickname

Unread postPosted: 19 Apr 2018, 22:07
by botsing
wrightwing wrote:
hornetfinn wrote:How about 'Ripper'? It sounds quite similar to Raptor and Reaper and is not used by any other system. F-35 is definitely very capable of ripping enemies apart. Of course 'Ripper' also brings some serial killers in mind...

You'll soon shake with fear
Never knowing if I'm near
I'm sly and I'm shameless
Nocturnal and nameless
Except for "The Ripper".....

F-35: You're in for surprise, you're in for a shock!

:mrgreen:

Re: F-35 Unofficial nickname

Unread postPosted: 20 Apr 2018, 07:21
by hornetfinn
wrightwing wrote:
hornetfinn wrote:How about 'Ripper'? It sounds quite similar to Raptor and Reaper and is not used by any other system. F-35 is definitely very capable of ripping enemies apart. Of course 'Ripper' also brings some serial killers in mind...

You'll soon shake with fear
Never knowing if I'm near
I'm sly and I'm shameless
Nocturnal and nameless
Except for "The Ripper".....


LOL, those are pretty much perfect lines of lyrics for F-35... :D
Never thought about that connection and I'm a Priest fan... :oops:

Re: F-35 Unofficial nickname

Unread postPosted: 01 May 2018, 08:08
by Corsair1963
Just call it the "Whispering Death". As your never going to see or hear it before it strikes! :devil:


F35.jpg

Re: F-35 Unofficial nickname

Unread postPosted: 17 May 2018, 19:31
by basher54321
durahawk wrote:'Panther' seems to be gaining traction in the USAF. I've seen a few of the WIC dudes wearing "Panther Tamer" patches.


Time will tell...



The public affairs shop at Nellis AFB worked with us to confirm that the elite unit does indeed call the F-35 the 'Panther.'

An email from the 99th Air Base Wing Public Affairs reads:

Mr. Rogoway,

The panther patch that you're inquiring about is an F-35 Weapons School patch that the students wear. Pilots in F-35 community are referring to the jet as "Panther". As always, the official name of the jet is still F-35 Lightning II.


http://www.thedrive.com/the-war-zone/20 ... ite-pilots

Re: F-35 Unofficial nickname

Unread postPosted: 17 May 2018, 19:44
by SpudmanWP
For those of you who can't see the patch.

https://i.imgur.com/vkoHB7d.jpg

Re: F-35 Unofficial nickname

Unread postPosted: 17 May 2018, 20:21
by sprstdlyscottsmn
Well I guess that settles it for the USAF at least.

"Stubby" is 'officially' "Panther".

IIRC the Navy refered to the "Cee Monster" (my name) as "Raven".

So we just need to hear back from the Marines on the "Killer Bee" huh?

Re: F-35 Unofficial nickname

Unread postPosted: 18 May 2018, 00:52
by popcorn

Re: F-35 Unofficial nickname

Unread postPosted: 18 May 2018, 02:30
by SpudmanWP
You only missed it by 5hrs 21 minutes

viewtopic.php?p=394540#p394540

:doh:

Re: F-35 Unofficial nickname

Unread postPosted: 18 May 2018, 02:36
by popcorn
Black Panther :mrgreen:

Re: F-35 Unofficial nickname

Unread postPosted: 19 May 2018, 21:53
by white_lightning35
Hooray! I now know what to call it. I was thinking of something along the lines of panther. A stealthy predator.

Re: F-35 Unofficial nickname

Unread postPosted: 19 May 2018, 23:12
by durahawk
SpudmanWP wrote:You only missed it by 5hrs 21 minutes

viewtopic.php?p=394540#p394540

:doh:


Ummm... Check my post on 19 April :doh:

Re: F-35 Unofficial nickname

Unread postPosted: 19 May 2018, 23:49
by SpudmanWP
durahawk wrote:Ummm... Check my post on 19 April :doh:


I was referencing his re-linking to the same article from the TheDrive.com

Re: F-35 Unofficial nickname

Unread postPosted: 20 May 2018, 04:11
by steve2267
sprstdlyscottsmn wrote:Well I guess that settles it for the USAF at least.

"Stubby" is 'officially' "Panther".

IIRC the Navy refered to the "Cee Monster" (my name) as "Raven".

So we just need to hear back from the Marines on the "Killer Bee" huh?


I thought some Navy dudes were trying to lay claim to "Reaper?"

ETA:

F-35 Nickname Controversy Brewing with Reaper
11 Mar 2014 By Michael Hoffman
...

Last month, a panel of F-35 pilots were asked at a Navy conference in San Diego if the Joint Strike Fighter has received an unofficial nickname yet. The F-35's official nickname is the Lightning II.

Recognizing the gravity of the moment, a colonel in the audience yelled out to the panel, "here's your chance to make history."

Navy Cmdr. Luke Barradell, the fleet integration team and operations officer for Carrier Air Group Eleven, didn't flinch. He said the F-35 pilots and aircrews would like the Joint Strike Fighter to be called the Reaper. He said the Lightning II wasn't intimidating enough. The other three pilots on the panel nodded in approval. None of them disagreed.

...
https://www.military.com/defensetech/2014/03/11/f-35-nickname-controversy-brewing-with-reaper

Re: F-35 Unofficial nickname

Unread postPosted: 20 May 2018, 04:24
by spazsinbad
IIRC 'REAPER' was the callsign used by VFA-101 when undertaking Carrier Qualifications with the F-35C. Whether that becomes USN-wide we will have to wait and go to sleep because THAT IS GOING TO TAKE A LONG TIME <sarc not off>

Re: F-35 Unofficial nickname

Unread postPosted: 20 May 2018, 05:55
by geforcerfx
hmm Panther, I like it :thumb:

Re: F-35 Unofficial nickname

Unread postPosted: 20 May 2018, 09:58
by krorvik
I like Panther a lot. Black panthers have their natural (jaguar or leopard) markings suppressed by black pigments, adding to their natural stealth. Cats have retractable, sharp CLAWs that come out the time of their choosing. If you get close enough, the CLAWs come out.

It has been used before of course for the F9F.

Re: F-35 Unofficial nickname

Unread postPosted: 20 May 2018, 14:27
by sferrin
krorvik wrote:I like Panther a lot. Black panthers have their natural (jaguar or leopard) markings suppressed by black pigments, adding to their natural stealth.


Natural stealth at night perhaps.

Re: F-35 Unofficial nickname

Unread postPosted: 20 May 2018, 16:48
by krorvik
Hehe, yes.

I'd stay away from panthers in broad daylight too.

Re: F-35 Unofficial nickname

Unread postPosted: 21 May 2018, 04:57
by Corsair1963
Honestly, think some are confusing the 6th Weapon Squadron with the 63rd Fighter Squadron out of Luke AFB. Which, also fly the F-35A and you guess it the Squadron name is "Panthers".



Pantherpatch.jpg

Re: F-35 Unofficial nickname

Unread postPosted: 22 May 2018, 07:51
by Dragon029
steve2267 wrote:
sprstdlyscottsmn wrote:Well I guess that settles it for the USAF at least.

"Stubby" is 'officially' "Panther".

IIRC the Navy refered to the "Cee Monster" (my name) as "Raven".

So we just need to hear back from the Marines on the "Killer Bee" huh?


I thought some Navy dudes were trying to lay claim to "Reaper?"

Both, but apparently Raven didn't really catch on and Reaper was only really used by VFA-101. Factoring in the sheer number of F-35As being bought, if Panther does actual catch on around the USAF and partners, then it'll likely be adopted by the Navy / Marines as well.

https://www.reddit.com/r/F35Lightning/c ... e/dz6w4fm/

Re: F-35 Unofficial nickname

Unread postPosted: 22 May 2018, 10:17
by Corsair1963
Sorry, Panther has not really caught on nor has Reaper. So, we likely will just have to wait until something does... :wink:

Re: F-35 Unofficial nickname

Unread postPosted: 23 May 2018, 02:42
by alloycowboy
If the F-35A is being called the Panther and the F-35C the Reaper, what are they calling the F-35B?

https://www.popularmechanics.com/milita ... s-panther/

Re: F-35 Unofficial nickname

Unread postPosted: 23 May 2018, 03:00
by steve2267
alloycowboy wrote:If the F-35A is being called the Panther and the F-35C the Reaper, what are they calling the F-35B?

https://www.popularmechanics.com/milita ... s-panther/


That article got a few things wrong:
  1. According to Gums, Viper did not come from Battlestar Galactica (as I always thought), but because the pilots thought it looked like a snake getting ready to strike (hope I got that right Gums)
  2. The article claims nobody likes a name re-tread which is why the Lighting II is hated... BUT Panther, as others have noted, was the name for the Grumman F9F... so shouldn't it be "Panther II"? If Panther is OK, but LIghtning II is not, they should have just named it the F-35 Lightning.

The P-47 was the pre-eminent fighter bomber / attack aircraft of the USAAF in Europe in WW2, so why not refer to the F-35 as Jug as a nod to the Thunderbold of yor, which also evokes lightning given that where there is thunder, there is lightning (somewhere). Or just Bolt. A play on words would be Volt. Of all these, Jug most connotes the stubbiness Gums is so fond of.

If Battlestar Galactica really did have an influence on Viper... then I'll put in a plug again for X-wing since Star Wars seems to have done in BG. Of course, I doubt that is going anywhere fast as a suggestion.

I just hope the community picks something cool. Panther is pretty cool.

I like just plain Killer Bee for the STOVL model. It's unique, hasn't been used, and evokes a certain Transformers quality. Maybe the -A could then be Optimus or just Prime. :drool: :crazypilot:

Re: F-35 Unofficial nickname

Unread postPosted: 04 Jun 2018, 13:43
by Gums
Salute!

Yeah, although Galactica was in some minds, that wasn't the final reason for the name.

From certain angles headon and low, the thing resembled a cobra to some extent. In fact, first day OTW to the 16th TFTS, one was going around and i was passing centerline of the rwy. That image was the first reaction I had - a cobra or another viper about to strike.

Northrop had selected Cobra for one of their LWF predecessors the P-53, and it morphed into the YF-17.

Nobody liked "Fighting" Falcon and we would have been happy with just "Falcon". USAF didn't care to name the jet after a reptile, just as they didn't wanna call the A-10 Warthog or the F-111 Aardvark. Then there's the "B-one", a perfect nickname - "Bone", and that thin does resembler a large leg bone when viewed from the side. But "Lancer"? Who calls it that?

I flew the "Corsair II , but we all called it SLUF, like the Superfortress is called the BUFF.

Users just don't like to be a "second" anything. After all, in combat there's no such thing as "second place".

Gums opines...

Re: F-35 Unofficial nickname

Unread postPosted: 05 Jun 2018, 01:59
by elvis1
I was thinking of something that hunted silently, in packs, and in broad daylight. How about the Lioness? They take down much larger prey than themselves by hunting in packs.

The pack theme made me think of a wolf at first, which morphed into the airwolf. . . . but that has been used with a helicopter. So I came back to the Lioness.

Re: F-35 Unofficial nickname

Unread postPosted: 05 Jun 2018, 03:24
by steve2267
The F-35 is said to make a particular howling sound in certain parts of its flight regime.

Wolves howl.

You might try howler.

Gums has been there, done that. He's fond of stubby. I don't care for stubby. But I never flew a miljet. So my opinion doesn't really count.

Panther or stubby seem to be the front runners.

Re: F-35 Unofficial nickname

Unread postPosted: 05 Jun 2018, 03:53
by spazsinbad
Howler/Howlie Hawaiian: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Haole "without breath" STELFY?





THIS LINK WILL TAKE YOU TO YOUBOOB TO SEE THE VIDEO BELOW - worth effort - WOT CANNOT BE SEEN HERE Ffsake:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9XBsea6kDHM


Re: F-35 Unofficial nickname

Unread postPosted: 05 Jun 2018, 15:59
by SnakeHandler
Definition of banshee
: a female spirit in Gaelic folklore whose appearance or wailing warns a family that one of them will soon die We heard someone screaming like a banshee.

Re: F-35 Unofficial nickname

Unread postPosted: 05 Jun 2018, 17:07
by wrightwing
I still think Wraith, would be a good nickname.

Re: F-35 Unofficial nickname

Unread postPosted: 05 Jun 2018, 23:56
by Gums
Salute!

I would jump on some glamorous name, a mythological creature, a whim.

I would follow the tradition of the Century series jets nd the next generation.

- We didn't call the F-100 Super Sabre. It was the Hun
- We didn't call the F-102 the Dagger. It was the Deuce.
- We called the F-104 the Zipper
- We called the F-106 the "6" or "One Oh Six" and not the Dart
- We called the F-105 the Thud

The USN was able to use the official nicknames lot easier than USAF, for some reason. Maybe it was a better name to begin with, huh?
++++++

I would call the F-35B the "Bee". If USN and USMC already have a Hornet, why not a "Bee"?

Gums opines....

Re: F-35 Unofficial nickname

Unread postPosted: 17 Jun 2018, 00:41
by lbk000
I think it's actually a little unbecoming to try too hard with the names.

You don't have to bark too loud when you know you got a lot of bite.

Re: F-35 Unofficial nickname

Unread postPosted: 17 Jun 2018, 02:55
by steve2267
lbk000 wrote:I think it's actually a little unbecoming to try too hard with the names.

You don't have to bark too loud when you know you got a lot of bite.


Bark Too Loud...

BTL?
B2L?

Beetle?
:devil:

Re: F-35 Unofficial nickname

Unread postPosted: 17 Jun 2018, 02:58
by popcorn
Owl = Hooter

Re: F-35 Unofficial nickname

Unread postPosted: 17 Jun 2018, 04:47
by spazsinbad
HOWLER is a publishing term for "a glaring blunder, typically an amusing one" so in the spirit of BEETLE here is the BOMB!


Re: F-35 Unofficial nickname

Unread postPosted: 18 Jun 2018, 02:12
by elvis1
popcorn wrote:Owl = Hooter


Would it be possible with enough upgrades, growth, etc. a jet could be called a Super Duper Hooter?

Re: F-35 Unofficial nickname

Unread postPosted: 18 Jun 2018, 16:41
by steve2267
Only if Boing buys out LM.

Re: F-35 Unofficial nickname

Unread postPosted: 19 Jun 2018, 04:22
by elvis1
steve2267 wrote:Only if Boing buys out LM.


What does Boing have to do with Hooters. Super Duper Hooter. . . . not Super Duper Hornet.

Re: F-35 Unofficial nickname

Unread postPosted: 19 Jun 2018, 06:41
by steve2267
Why, Boing has the copyright on and patent for all things Super Duper, of course!

:devil:

Re: F-35 Unofficial nickname

Unread postPosted: 20 Jun 2018, 03:08
by elvis1
:D

Re: F-35 Unofficial nickname

Unread postPosted: 13 Jul 2018, 15:21
by spazsinbad
NAH. I like Lightening best - keeps the spullers happy and is most amusing becuz - one can say 'the PENNY DROPPED!" :doh:
Definition of Lightening - MedicineNet https://www.medicinenet.com/script/main ... lekey=7798
"Lightening: Not to be confused with a discharge of atmospheric electricity, lightening refers to the sensation that a pregnant woman feels when the baby drops."

Re: F-35 Unofficial nickname

Unread postPosted: 13 Jul 2018, 18:42
by jetblast16
lrrpf52 wrote:ASASSN

Advanced
Stealth
AWACS
Sensor
Shooter
Node


Very good :wink:

Building on it: ASSASSIN

Advanced
Stealth
[S]hip
AWACS
Surveillance
Shooter
[I]ntegrated
Node

Re: F-35 Unofficial nickname

Unread postPosted: 04 Oct 2018, 03:26
by xoferwalken
It's Baby Seal, It Was Always Baby Seal.

F35fightingSEALbadge16ed.gif
Props to whoever made this, it encapsulates the story of the 35 perfectly

Re: F-35 Unofficial nickname

Unread postPosted: 08 Oct 2018, 00:51
by KamenRiderBlade
jetblast16 wrote:
lrrpf52 wrote:ASASSN

Advanced
Stealth
AWACS
Sensor
Shooter
Node


Very good :wink:

Building on it: ASSASSIN

Advanced
Stealth
[S]hip
AWACS
Surveillance
Shooter
[I]ntegrated
Node


ASSASSINN

Advanced
Stealth &
Surveillance for
AWACS used as a
Sensor
Shooter in a
Integrated
Network
Node

Re: F-35 Unofficial nickname

Unread postPosted: 08 Oct 2018, 05:21
by element1loop
KamenRiderBlade wrote:
jetblast16 wrote:
lrrpf52 wrote:ASASSN

Advanced
Stealth
AWACS
Sensor
Shooter
Node


Very good :wink:

Building on it: ASSASSIN

Advanced
Stealth
[S]hip
AWACS
Surveillance
Shooter
[I]ntegrated
Node


ASSASSINN

Advanced
Stealth &
Surveillance for
AWACS used as a
Sensor
Shooter in a
Integrated
Network
Node


No offense but acronyms suck for names.

F-35 Carnivore :mrgreen:

Re: F-35 Unofficial nickname

Unread postPosted: 17 Oct 2018, 08:21
by xoferwalken
Found this sticker on ebay, referring to "Panther" yet again. Seller didn't know what "chaser" referred to but my guess based on the graphic its probably for the Air Force photojournalists that follow the 35 around wherever it goes for photo ops.

Re: F-35 Unofficial nickname

Unread postPosted: 17 Oct 2018, 09:45
by element1loop
Puma!

Re: F-35 Unofficial nickname

Unread postPosted: 17 Oct 2018, 09:56
by spazsinbad
:devil: The F-DirtyFive is an AIRYplane - NOT A HELO! And A Froggie to BOOT! PUMA nah. :roll: Computer says NAH. :doh:

Re: F-35 Unofficial nickname

Unread postPosted: 17 Oct 2018, 10:04
by element1loop
RvB Greatest Moments (Puma vs Warthog)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uo7QCC2EDtk

Re: F-35 Unofficial nickname

Unread postPosted: 17 Oct 2018, 13:53
by sprstdlyscottsmn
element1loop wrote:RvB Greatest Moments (Puma vs Warthog)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uo7QCC2EDtk

Not going to lie, as soon as you said Puma my first thought was "Chupa-Thingy!"

Re: F-35 Unofficial nickname

Unread postPosted: 17 Oct 2018, 15:20
by sferrin
sprstdlyscottsmn wrote:
element1loop wrote:RvB Greatest Moments (Puma vs Warthog)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uo7QCC2EDtk

Not going to lie, as soon as you said Puma my first thought was "Chupa-Thingy!"


"What's that glowing thing?"

Re: F-35 Unofficial nickname

Unread postPosted: 17 Oct 2018, 17:23
by sprstdlyscottsmn
"I told you you could pick up chicks in a tank!"

Re: F-35 Unofficial nickname

Unread postPosted: 22 Oct 2018, 01:26
by KamenRiderBlade
What about Cerberus?

Each head of the dog can represent the A/B/C variants respectively as one of the 3 heads of the mythological creature!

Re: F-35 Unofficial nickname

Unread postPosted: 22 Oct 2018, 04:11
by steve2267
Serious?

What self-respecting fighter pilot would get caught dead with such a cerebral nickname?

Besides... you can't pick up chicks as a Cerberus driver! The Super Duper guys would clean up, and you can't have that!

(I give you points for something original, though...)

Re: F-35 Unofficial nickname

Unread postPosted: 28 Oct 2018, 15:41
by spazsinbad
alloycowboy wrote:If the F-35A is being called the Panther and the F-35C the Reaper, what are they calling the F-35B?

https://www.popularmechanics.com/milita ... s-panther/

PANTHER Olde Schoole Axial Deck Landing with crowded deck: http://www.dtic.mil/dtic/tr/fulltext/u2/a557665.pdf (1.4Mb)
“A Grumman F9F Panther jet lands on Essex (CV 9). The athwartship barrier is up, but from the pilot’s view he’s landing into a deck full of aircraft”

Re: F-35 Unofficial nickname

Unread postPosted: 28 Oct 2018, 23:15
by popcorn
Brainiac? Nerds rule the world anyway...

Re: F-35 Unofficial nickname

Unread postPosted: 15 Nov 2018, 20:31
by steve2267
Lightning is a pretty decent name, IMO. What say you that if the powers that be had just stuck with Lightning, and left the silly II off the end, that everyone would have been happy?

If memory serves, the Brits are not referring to it as the "Lightning II," but just as the "Lightning." Or so I thought I had read.

There is even US precedent for leaving off the II -- when the Chance Vought F-4U was named, it borrowed Corsair from an earlier aircraft of the same name in the 1920s. No one called the F-4U the "Corsair II" -- just the "Corsair."

Has anyone come across any recent confirmation if Panther is in fact the "unofficial" nickname for the jet?

I could see the Navy boys still going for Reaper and the UAV pilot wannabees be damned...

I still kinda like Killer Bee or just Bee for the fan jobbee. Although that one Marine General called it a Velocipraptor. That's a mouthful, though. Maybe just Vello for short?

Re: F-35 Unofficial nickname

Unread postPosted: 15 Nov 2018, 21:05
by spazsinbad
VELLO? Too much like VELLOtape - check it out.

Re: F-35 Unofficial nickname

Unread postPosted: 15 Nov 2018, 21:09
by steve2267
spazsinbad wrote:VELLO? Too much like VELLOtape - check it out.


<sigh>

Well... one could shorten velociraptor to verap, pronounced "vee-rapp"... but probably getting off too much into linguistics land for poor flyers that just want to land on the Lizzie, swill ale, and bomb & strafe baddies... and knock down the poor sod that challenges them in the air (whilst keeping a rifle strapped to the 'jexshun seat.)

Re: F-35 Unofficial nickname

Unread postPosted: 15 Nov 2018, 21:20
by spazsinbad
VRAP? Now we into MRAP country - now that is a BAD RAP.

Re: F-35 Unofficial nickname

Unread postPosted: 15 Nov 2018, 21:26
by steve2267
Need to get back to the ale swilling theme...

How 'bout Verp, then?

I can still get, kinda, velociraptor out of verp... but velch stands no chance...

Re: F-35 Unofficial nickname

Unread postPosted: 15 Nov 2018, 21:38
by spazsinbad
:doh: VERP? BURP for the ALE SWILLING innit. :devil:

Re: F-35 Unofficial nickname

Unread postPosted: 15 Nov 2018, 21:52
by steve2267
Hmmm... upon second thought...

That kinda goes along with that 25mm BRRRRRRRRTTTT....

Re: F-35 Unofficial nickname

Unread postPosted: 15 Nov 2018, 22:54
by spazsinbad
Aaah - ye olde BURP Gun - son of a gun.

Re: F-35 Unofficial nickname

Unread postPosted: 27 Nov 2018, 14:49
by steve2267
While Killer Bee has been suggested and used occasionally around here for the F-35B, maybe BumbleBee as a nod towards the Transformer character. She has lots of moving parts and shor does “transform.” Plus BumbleBee was pretty badass in those movies — movies that kids who will be flying her grew up with.

Re: F-35 Unofficial nickname

Unread postPosted: 27 Nov 2018, 15:08
by spazsinbad

Re: F-35 Unofficial nickname

Unread postPosted: 01 Jan 2019, 18:24
by steve2267
The F-104 was the Zipper...

So, since the Lightning is even more of an electric jet than the Viper, kills everything it sees (zap... zap... zap) and may eventually get a “Laser”...

Is it not obvious the pilots should call it the Zapper?

Panther... :doh:

:devil:

Re: F-35 Unofficial nickname

Unread postPosted: 01 Jan 2019, 18:52
by spazsinbad
:poke: IIRC lots of USN EW Squadrons of old were 'zappers' and then there was this ugly lot :mrgreen: THE DIP GANG :devil:

Re: F-35 Unofficial nickname

Unread postPosted: 01 Jan 2019, 19:05
by steve2267
Given the electronic attack capabilities strongly hinted that the F-35 possesses... Zapper is all the more appropriate! Thanks, Spaz! You have now established historical precedent... as long as all involved can leave off the "II" (i.e. Zapper II won't work...)

Re: F-35 Unofficial nickname

Unread postPosted: 01 Jan 2019, 19:11
by spazsinbad

Re: F-35 Unofficial nickname

Unread postPosted: 01 Jan 2019, 21:46
by jetblast16
(Frank) Zappa :mrgreen:

Re: F-35 Unofficial nickname

Unread postPosted: 02 Jan 2019, 13:12
by hornetfinn
Maybe Electrocutor or Electrocutioner...

Yeah, I know Electrocutioner is a DC Comics bad guy and might not work...

Re: F-35 Unofficial nickname

Unread postPosted: 16 Jan 2019, 22:13
by n3sk
The Turkey

Re: F-35 Unofficial nickname

Unread postPosted: 16 Jan 2019, 22:21
by sprstdlyscottsmn
wow...

really?

Murder Turkey maybe...

Re: F-35 Unofficial nickname

Unread postPosted: 17 Jan 2019, 05:27
by element1loop
You could just call it the "F-35 Lightning". Who decided tacking 'too' on the end of it was good idea? The 'F-35' part makes clear that it's not referring to an earlier aircraft. That seems to be the main problem with the official name it already has.

Drop the 'Too'.


[And n3sk, best go troll somewhere else.]

Re: F-35 Unofficial nickname

Unread postPosted: 17 Jan 2019, 05:50
by spazsinbad
element1loop wrote:You could just call it the "F-35 Lightning". Who decided tacking 'too' on the end of it was good idea? The 'F-35' part makes clear that it's not referring to an earlier aircraft. That seems to be the main problem with the official name it already has. Drop the 'Too'.

Brits do this already.

Re: F-35 Unofficial nickname

Unread postPosted: 17 Jan 2019, 07:24
by element1loop
Hope RAAF do the same.

Re: F-35 Unofficial nickname

Unread postPosted: 17 Jan 2019, 08:03
by spazsinbad
Generally specifically RAAF seem to refer to the 'F-35A Joint Strike Fighter (JSF)'. It seems only the great unwashed ever mention Lightning (usually spelt correctly) II. 'mericans have a tradition for naming 'II's & IIIs etc. But spell LIGHTENING!

Re: F-35 Unofficial nickname

Unread postPosted: 17 Jan 2019, 19:16
by sferrin
element1loop wrote:You could just call it the "F-35 Lightning". Who decided tacking 'too' on the end of it was good idea? The 'F-35' part makes clear that it's not referring to an earlier aircraft. That seems to be the main problem with the official name it already has.

Drop the 'Too'.


[And n3sk, best go troll somewhere else.]


F-4 Phantom II
A-10 Thunderbolt II
A-7 Corsair II
C-17 Globemaster III
(Probably a lot of others. . .)

Re: F-35 Unofficial nickname

Unread postPosted: 18 Jan 2019, 06:42
by n3sk
sprstdlyscottsmn wrote:wow...

really?

Murder Turkey maybe...


No Sir, definitely poking the ribs. How about the Bolt. Only one syllable, playing on lightening bolt. I gota say, murder Turkey has a certain ring to it.

Re: F-35 Unofficial nickname

Unread postPosted: 18 Jan 2019, 06:53
by spazsinbad
Way Back in the WAyzBAK Search Engyn we find 'stevieWonderous' had BOLT on his list but too much like BOLTER BOLTER BOLTER to 'catch on' in the USN during carrier approaches. viewtopic.php?f=22&t=10794&p=351910&hilit=Bolt#p351910

Re: F-35 Unofficial nickname

Unread postPosted: 18 Jan 2019, 17:16
by steve2267
Thank you Spaz. My honour hath been defended. I can sleep now. :drool:

Re: F-35 Unofficial nickname

Unread postPosted: 18 Jan 2019, 17:48
by n3sk
And they say chivalry is dead.

Last line in the link u mention laser. I always wondered if the shaft that turns the lift fan “could” be repourposed to create electricity and the area where the lift fan sits would leave amble space for such things,I know it’s off topic and completely from my imagination, just thoughts.

Re: F-35 Unofficial nickname

Unread postPosted: 18 Jan 2019, 18:23
by spazsinbad
How about you go here: viewtopic.php?f=54&t=27171&p=288313&hilit=laser#p288313
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HERE for the GRAPHIC: viewtopic.php?f=22&t=16676&p=212183&hilit=Dunn#p212183

download/file.php?id=15352 ANY REPLIES GO TO THESE ABOVE THREADS PLEASE.

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Re: F-35 Unofficial nickname

Unread postPosted: 18 Jan 2019, 22:12
by steve2267
I LIKE it...

I W A N T one!

Re: F-35 Unofficial nickname

Unread postPosted: 24 Jan 2019, 08:52
by spazsinbad
Bdep Bdeep Bdeep That's all FOLK:
"...“The distance between the T-38 and an F-35 (Fighting Falcon) is night and day,” he [Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. David L. Goldfein] said, referring to the capabilities of the two aircraft...." https://www.af.mil/News/Article-Display ... x-trainer/


Re: F-35 Unofficial nickname

Unread postPosted: 29 Jan 2019, 06:23
by Corsair1963
Sounds like Lockheed Martin is even using the Panther name???


Panthers Den.jpg

Re: F-35 Unofficial nickname

Unread postPosted: 03 Apr 2019, 22:12
by spazsinbad
steve2267 wrote:Surprised it appears to have not yet been suggested... Tiger
Or as spaz posted in another thread Tyger: viewtopic.php?f=22&t=27186&p=366269&hilit=Tyger#p366269
How about Flying Tyger
Could be prescient if southeast Asia gets loud again.

TIGER is an Oldie but GOLDIE for the USN: VF-33 F11F Tigers

Re: F-35 Unofficial nickname

Unread postPosted: 05 Apr 2019, 01:20
by steve2267
I'll toss Orca back out...

Re: F-35 Unofficial nickname

Unread postPosted: 05 Apr 2019, 02:12
by sprstdlyscottsmn
steve2267 wrote:I'll toss Orca back out...

The one that brings death from the underworld