Sorry just realised this may go off topic, sorry Ray.
It was only as somebody mentioned the Emirates 777, there you go we are back on topic, ha
Yes, an interesting and fun topic which I would like to see continue. So, if it could be moved to a more appropriate thread that would be great.Well as you started it -
The original flying pencil was the Dornier D.O.17 bomber, Rolls Royce had the flying bedstead precursor to the Kestrel/ Harrier and my favourite the Fairy Swordfish Aka the stringbag so slow the German guns found it difficult to calibrate their guns to hit it as the Bismark discovered to its cost.
Maybe this should go to random stuff.
I remember the B737-200 being called 'Pig' or even 'Piggy', but not 'Flying Pig'. I loved flying on the B737-200 (I had several flights with Britannia), especially if seated behind the wing and I could watch those large reverse thrust buckets deploy on landing followed by an immense amount of noise. I can also remember prior to landing an announcement would be made along the lines of 'After landing there will be an increase in the amount of noise. This is due to the reverse thrust and is normal for this type of aircraft'.Aircraft nicknames.
C130 Hercules ‘Fat Albert’,although I am not sure if that name was applied fleetwise or just the ‘Blue Angels’ support plane.
B737-200 The Flying Pig.Tad unfair in my opinion.
MD80 Flying Screwdriver.I think that only refers to certain certain versions of the aircraft that had a flat tail section.
BAC 1-11 The Pocket Rocket. My personal favourite,and very apt.
What about MD series or "Mad Dogs"?
Until recent retirements, there was usually more than one on the ground at US airports. When engines started or airborne close to airports, you could certainly hear them!
A340 Flying Pencil. Embraer 145 Flying Toothpick. There's an extensive list at b737.org. Although the site shows as not secure, I've never had any problems.
Sorry, I've gone slightly off topic too....
Avro Vulcan = Aluminium Overcast
There have also been a number of different Aircraft called FRED (Flipping Ridiculous Economic Disaster). Flipping is the polite version to be used on this forum. There was another one used when I first heard this name.... now what was it again?