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The Three Rules of Callsigns

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

So, how do you get a callsign?

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

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Most recent additions

Our callsigns list contains 1706 callsigns. Here are the latest additions:
Radio
 (added: 15 Apr 2024)
Consistently screwed up communications until they started calling me “radio boy” when talking to other people about my awful comms skills. and then just “radio”, eventually. It could be worse!
Herr
 (added: 17 Apr 2024)
Last name was Peez.
Sheriff
 (added: 17 Apr 2024)
Navy flight officer. Real by-the-book guy, with that old-time cowboy movie kind of attitude.
Whiskey
 (added: 17 Apr 2024)
Last name Hennessey. Didn't drink.
Lurch
 (added: 10 Apr 2024)
While he already looked like a member of the Addams family due to his height and build, the callsign was solidified after missing a call from his squadron commander, he walked to his office and allegedly said, "Hey sir, you rang?"

Note: Lurch is a fictional character created by American cartoonist Charles Addams as a butler to the Addams Family.

Guantanamo
 (added: 10 Apr 2024)
Wore a high-vis orange jacket ONCE.
DOODAD
 (added: 10 Apr 2024)
This pilot exemplified the "asian glow" where he would get incredibly drunk and red after only 1 stiff drink. Drinks Only One Drink And Dies
Boresight
 (added: 10 Apr 2024)
He was so unfamiliar with firearms that when he was once handed a (thankfully unloaded) rifle, he immediately looked down the barrel.
Jailbait
 (added: 10 Apr 2024)
In the navy on a cruiser, there was an operations guy who'd joined up when he was 17. By the time he got to the ship and got qualified to stand AIC (aircraft in control) in combat, he had just turned 18. Everyone called him Jailbait because of how young he sounded over the radio nets. Its been long enough that he's about done with his contract and the name is still sticking.
Zippo
 (added: 10 Apr 2024)
On his first flight in his new unit, his engine caught fire during the takeoff and exploded.
Snow White
 (added: 24 Mar 2024)
Paled and almost passed out on the enlistment medical exam blood drawing
Sugar Boy
 (added: 4 Mar 2019)
One of the new guys in our squadron kept stealing sweets from the kitchen until the Captain found out. As simple as that.
Flare
 (added: 2 Mar 2024)
I was in a mock dogfight on the F-16, my first one. I don't remember many details, but I do remember I was stressed, excited and desperately wanted to win. All of that blurred my judgment and the bandit "launched" a 120 in BVR. I notched it, but instead of chaff, I deployed flares... That's how I got my callsign.
RIOT
 (added: 27 Feb 2024)
Dutch Viper driver who misidentified the target and accidentally strafed the control tower at the Cornfield range. Rolled In On Tower - RIOT.

Miraculously nobody was injured, despite multiple direct hits to the control tower.

BBS
 (added: 2 Mar 2024)
He loves boobs, so we call him BBS stands for BooBieS
Romeo
 (added: 2 Mar 2024)
Young man who flew L-39's for airshows and would always stop by to say hello to his group's maintainers whenever he could, ended up being good friends with most of them. Maintainers would always see him stopping at the security post talking to a young blonde security guard almost every day, but he denied any sort of romantic interest. Fast forward to a Top Gun movie night, where the one of my buddies, much to the young man's embarrassment, caught him making out with the security guard behind a storage shed. From then on, he was deemed "Romeo". And no, Romeo and Juliet never did work out.
Crybaby
 (added: 2 Mar 2024)
Guy flies EA-18Gs in the Navy. His first cat launch, he forgot to put his head back on the seat and slammed it. He was weeping on the radio and we came up with it on the spot.
TONIC
 (added: 28 Feb 2024)
Religious Dutch fighter pilot, who on his first flight at his new home base, was cleared to enter a crossing runway to subsequently enter and backtrack the active runway for take off. Instead, he entered the active runway at the intersection and took off without backtracking from about midway on this already ‘short’ 7800ft runway. TONIC - Take Off Numbers are Irrelevant to Christ
Suárez
 (added: 28 Feb 2024)
Viper driver who has a tic where he tries to bite his shoulder. Named after the (in)famous soccer player Luis Suárez who was notorious for biting other soccer players in the neck/ears/privates(!) during matches.
SWAGGIN
 (added: 28 Feb 2024)
Dutch Viper driver who was named Sybian due to a noticeable tremor in his hands. A day after the naming, his PC commander decided Sybian was ‘too offensive’ and ordered a renaming. After initial refusal by the squadron bros, he was eventually renamed while on TDY. His name became SWAGGIN - Sybian Was A Godd*mn Great Initial Name.
TOBI
 (added: 9 Oct 2018)
During my first operational depployment on baltic QRA, we got scrambled, I jumped into the jet trying to get the engine started. when this didn't work I quickly took the spare only to realise then that I had forgotten to turn on the battery in the primary aircraft. Turn On the Battery, Idiot was given to me at the next naming ceremony...
Rico
 (added: 2 Nov 2018)
CH-53E pilot on advance logistics det to LHD for an exercise. By the time we made it from Pearl to SoCal, I was always chatting with all the women in the Wardroom, so short for 'Rico Suave'
Gandhi
 (added: 6 Jan 2024)
Fellow pilot that would always sit cross-legged in chairs and spoke really camly. Also a really skinny guy
ANTIFA
 (added: 11 Jan 2024)
Had a buddy who was a Navy pilot but couldn’t stand the Hornet community. So we named him ANTIFA (Anti-Fighter Attack)
007
 (added: 7 Jan 2024)
We called him 007.
0 motivation
0 skills
7 shit breaks
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