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Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Tuesday Trivia and a Special Day

Pilots, Controllers, and mechanics refer to various aircraft using descriptive nicknames!

Take a guess at the nicknames for the following aircraft...

Shorts 330/360

Swearingen Merlin

Boeing 747

Boeing 737

Britten-Norman Tri-Islander

Mitsubishi MU-2

Douglas DC-9

Fairchild Republic A-10 Thunderbolt

General Dynamics F16

Boeing 727

You don’t have to be right, but you will be entered into the contest to win a copy of Barry Schiff’s book, Test Pilot, 1001 Things You thought you Knew about Aviation. Drawing to be held December 22nd.

Oh... and the answers will be posted Saturday December 17th.

"Answers have been posted. Click HERE for quick access to the page."

But first... how fast can a year fly? It flashes by with a blink of an eye. It feels like only yesterday when I baked a cake for An and Hans' birthday. This year, I'm a bit overloaded so the baking was done by snatching last years photo the share the memory. Another year older. Another year wiser. Remember, you both get better with age.

Happy Holidays! Happy Birthday! Happy Day!

XOX Karlene


  1. Cake shots? :) looks delicious!
    Here's my shot:

    Shorts 330/360 - ugly van/box car?
    Boeing 747 - Humpback! or Whale
    Boeing 737 - uhh baby whale?
    Mitsubishi MU-2 - Angry Japanese? lol it's really loud
    Fairchild Republic A-10 Thunderbolt - Warthog!

    Boeing 727 - tri-jet :)

  2. I only know a few.

    The Boeing 747; Jumbo Jet, Queen of the Skies or the Whale.

    Mitsubishi Mu-2: Zero

    DC-9/MD-80: Mad Dog

    Fairchild Republic A-10 Thunderbolt: Warthog

    General Dynamics (Designed) Lockheed Martin (Produced) F-16: Fighting Falcon

    Boeing 727: ( I totally guessing on this :) ) but lil' smoky.

  3. Here are my attempts...

    Shorts 330/360: they threw away the airplane and kept the box it came in

    Swearingen Merlin: flying cigar tube

    Boeing 747: Classic (before -400) and Lite (-SP)

    Boeing 737: This airplane never had a nickname...

    Britten-Norman Tri-Islander: ??? Although I have flown one...

    Mitsubishi MU-2: ???

    Douglas DC-9: DC stands for "Direct Cable"; others say it stands for "Death Carrier"

    Fairchild Republic A-10 Thunderbolt: Wart Hog

    General Dynamics F16: Flying Lawn Dart

    Boeing 727: Three-holer

  4. I love your answers guys! Wait until you hear what the 727 is... kind of cute. Here is a clue... this is one of my granddaughters favorite Sesame Street characters. :)

  5. Good questions and a nice Cake there. My responses are:
    Shorts 330/360 : The Two Tailed Shed, Box, Shoe Box, Barn
    Swearingen Merlin: Wild guess- Swearing Merlin :)
    Boeing 747:Jumbo Jet, Whale,Humpback.
    Boeing 737: Tin mouse, Maggot
    Britten-Norman Tri-Islander: Clockwork TriStar
    Mitsubishi MU-2: Hiroshima Screamer, Widow Maker
    Douglas DC-9: Greasy 9
    Fairchild Republic A-10 Thunderbolt: Hog
    General Dynamics F16 : Flying Falcon, Viper
    Boeing 727: Tri-jet, Trisaurus,Jurassic Jet,Ear Blaster
    Thanks Karlene :)

  6. Shorts 330/360 ... "Hot Pants"

    Swearingen Merlin ... "Big Fish"

    Boeing 747 ... "Whale"

    Boeing 737 ... "Little fish"

    Britten-Norman Tri-Islander "Gone Fishing."

    Mitsubishi MU-2 ... "Cow" Moooo...

    Douglas DC-9 ... "Bad Dog."

    Fairchild Republic A-10 Thunderbolt ... "Wart Hog" Cheated and checked what the smart guys said.

    General Dynamics F16 I have so many things to say that start with F and 16 years old. Won't go there.

    Boeing 727 ... I know! But... not giving this one away.

    Candy Cane Dreams and Sugar Cookie wishes... may all your Holidays be Bright!

    Merry Christmas!!!


  7. Hi, Karlene!

    Couple of entries...

    737: I've seen 'SLUF' applied. It stand for Short Little Ugly Fellow. The very early 737-100's were called Footballs (look at the profile).

    DC-9: "Diesel-9"

    F-16: Viper, Electric Jet and Lawn Dart (which it became if the computers crashed).

    727: Jurassic Jet, Three-Holer

    747: always affectionately, "The Whale" (never heard of a pilot not liking that airplane).

    Sorry, no input on the Shorts, the B-N's or the MU-2.



  8. Boeing 747 -- Jumbo Jet, Humpback
    Boeing 737 -- Fat Albert, Guppy
    Fairchild Republic A-10 Thunderbolt -- Warthog
    Mitsubishi MU-2 -- Widow Maker
    Douglas Commercial №-9 -- Baby Nine
    F-16 -- Falcon
    Boeing 727 -- Tri-jet

    Dunno the others! Happy holidays :)

  9. Let's see, I haven't looked above so sorry if these have been posted already:

    Shorts 330/360 "Sherpa"

    Swearingen Merlin "San Antonio Sewer Pipe"

    Boeing 747 "Queen of the Skies"

    Boeing 737 "Guppy" or "Tin Mouse"

    Britten-Norman Tri-Islander (not sure, strangest looking plane I've ever seen though)

    Mitsubishi MU-2 (Guessing it's something to do with how noisy they are, or maybe how much the love to tip over)

    Douglas DC-9 "Diesel 9" or "Mad Dog" for the later MD-80's

    Fairchild Republic A-10 Thunderbolt "Warthog"

    General Dynamics F16 "Fighting Falcon"

    Boeing 727 "Three Holer" maybe?

  10. Hey guys... great guesses! So... nobody has got the 727. Yes... she was called the three-holer. But, that's not her nickname. Keep guessing. So much fun!

  11. OKAY, so much fun. Here goes.

    Shorts 330/360 - SHED
    Swearingen Merlin – Flying Pencil
    Boeing 747 - BABE
    Boeing 737 – Tin Mouse
    Britten-Norman Tri-Islander – PEG LEG
    Mitsubishi MU-2 – WIDOW MAKER
    Douglas DC-9 – DEATH CARIER
    Fairchild Republic A-10 Thunderbolt - WARTHOG
    General Dynamics F16 – FIGHTING FALCON
    Boeing 727 - FLUFF


  12. These are all great guesses. Saturday the answers will be released. I can hardly wait!


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