Tuesday, January 30, 2018

"Officials: ‘Clown Penis’ Is Not A Realistic Callsign For Pilots"

TandP:

“The goal is to come up with a name that fits the individual pilot’s character as well as capturing some possibly embarrassing that happened when he was new,” Sorenson told Task & Purpose. “It’s not meant to be taken too seriously, and most have a great deal of fun telling others what their callsign means and the story behind it.”

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Callsigns are typically puns on pilots’ last names or they commemorate a pilot’s major accomplishment or failure

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“The name cannot be too cool for the pilot in question, which is why you don’t see a lot of ‘Top Gun’-style callsigns across the force,”

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As in the Air Force, callsigns can be riffs on the aviator’s name, said Flanders, who does not fly but still earned the callsign “Ned” from aviators.

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“Another example is a pilot who was known as ‘Boom Boom;’ it was given to him because during carrier qualifications training, he forgot to release the parking brake prior to a catapult shot off the ship. As a result, both of his main mounts blew during the catapult shot, with a loud ‘BOOM BOOM’ noise.”