Posted: 9/11/2009 20:38:01
On another thread there was talk of the Pipistrel Virus and the Pipistrel Sinus. I nominate these as the worst ever airplane names!
Posted: 9/11/2009 21:35:32
R.J. Mitchell wanted to call his new design the "Shrew" - - - thankfully one of the worst ever names for a fighter aircraft was avoided and Supermarine selected possibly the best, "Spitfire" !
Posted: 9/11/2009 22:02:52
Modified: 9/11/2009 22:03:46
The NATO code name for the MIG-15 was the "f-a-g-o-t".
And in the beggining the F-16 earned the moniker of "lawn dart"
Very unsexy names for figher jets
Posted: 9/12/2009 07:43:32
I don't think I'd be happy flying an airplane called a Nimrod
Posted: 9/12/2009 08:00:48
or tell everyone ,im flying in a Funk
Posted: 9/13/2009 14:19:38
gotta say that i'm not that impressed with Cessna renaming the Columbia---> Corvalis? ewww...
Posted: 9/13/2009 14:47:27
Imagine all the meetings that took place at Cessna to come up with, wait for it, Corvalis. Sounds like a bland Japanese import. Why did they abandon the classic Cessna formula, "Sky.......". They stuck with it for the Skycatcher which is a good, memorable name.
Posted: 9/15/2009 14:00:30
At my home airport they operate a German manufactured LSA "Ikarus CA". I don't know that it is a great name.
Now, in my mind, "Icarus" had good climb performance, but some structural integrity problems in certain ambient conditions.
Nonetheless, they are flying it constantly, I don't know how many new pilots it has produced, so I guess it's OK.
(I still think I'd schedule my time very early or very late in the day on sunny days!)
Posted: 9/15/2009 15:52:21
seems the Fokker puts a sour note in my mind. sounds like another meaning if you know what I mean.
steve allbee spokane Wa
Posted: 9/16/2009 11:26:48
Modified: 9/16/2009 11:27:22
Generally I like de Havilland's use of the Moth concept - Tiger Moth, Gipsy Moth, Fox Moth........but the DH.80A "Puss Moth" has to be the worst!
"Yeah, that my Puss Moth over there" just doesn't sound good.
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Posted: 9/16/2009 12:32:13
I heard Burt Rutan at a Forum at Airventure a few years back ask the question; "Why anyone would want to name an aircraft after something that brings darkness over the earth?" .....Eclipse.
Posted: 9/16/2009 14:30:23
Burt Rutan can't throw stones having cursed an entire generation of copy-editors and Museum label-writers with the VariEze and Long-EZ !
Posted: 9/16/2009 14:35:07
On the subject of Burt Rutan, I have to admit I dislike the name "SpaceShipOne". Although very practical, it's just not very inspiring.
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Posted: 9/16/2009 15:48:11
I agree, Zack.
SpaceShipTwo, however, now THAT'S a name!
Posted: 9/16/2009 17:58:12
LOL. Rutan has contributed almost as much to flight as anyone else, but he cannot name airplanes. Catbird, anyone? What the heck is a catbird, anyway?
Posted: 9/16/2009 20:39:18
Posted: 9/16/2009 21:01:03
Well, not a particular aircraft name, but a manufacturers name- Fairey
Posted: 9/17/2009 18:59:35
Be even worse if it was a typo
Posted: 9/17/2009 19:47:20
I'm surprised noone has mentioned perhaps the most popular of homebuilts. RV has to be one of the weakest names.
Posted: 9/18/2009 08:58:39
While RV may be uninspired (as are all initials...), it's better than having a VanGrunsven-3, VaGrunsven-4, etc...