I always liked the names for the B-26, Widowmaker, Flying Coffin, Flying Prostitute. The prostitute name relates to the opinion that the plane had no visible means of support. Guess due to the area of the wing.
Also, when I was in the Air Force, we were amused at the old timer’s name for the B 52,
“Buf” or Big Ugly F#&@.
CH-47 Chinook = (What else?) Shithook
AC-47 Spooky = Puff, the Magic Dragon
Airbus A320 = Scarebus
Beech Bonanza = The Doctor Killer (Also a name hung on the Lake Amphib. Ironically, the three guys I knew who had Lakes all died in them but none were Doctors.)
Tu144 = Concordski
Metroliner = San-Antonio Sewerpipe
Twin Otter = Twotter
Ercoupe = Scarecoupe
There are some for Pipers that aren’t fit for this family oriented website!
Very interesting about the officiality of the Aardvark name. Every book I remember as a kid always listed it as the Aardvark, and I’m pretty sure even some of the flying units had patches that eluded to an ant eater or aardvark.
I never knew the A-1 was called a Spad either! I knew Sandy was their callsign, but never heard the aircraft referred to as that. Yeah I can imagine those guys were both heros and probably had a little extra material stitched into the crotch of their flight suits to accomodate the extra junk it took to fly that low, that slow and right in the heart of it all!
When it absolutely and positively had to be delivered up close and personal, they had the “Right Stuff”, and tons of it as can be seen in the above photo. In fact, there was a well documented event in 1965 when a USN pilot dropped a toilet on the enemy in VN.
We called them the Skyraider or SPAD in equal measure and loved their ability to apply munitions accurately under any conditions, as well as their ability to loiter for very long periods. Not to detract from the performance of any of the drivers, USN, Marines or USAF, those of us on the ground always found the Marines to be the most responsive and attentive to our needs.
The only times we heard them called “Sandy” was as a callsign when they were escorting USAF pararescue crews.