What is a pilot callsign?
A pilot callsign is the name a pilot or crew member is called so they don’t have to use their real name when communicating. It’s for both operational security and identifying the aircraft/pilot. Odds are that if you are given one, you probably won’t like it and it will be completely unorthodox.
If you know the franchise Star Wars you would know there is nothing cooler than the callsign.
It is only natural that Top Guns most popular Pete Mitchell would be a callsign. Someone who is usually the rebel.
- Shortened Last Name
Have a long last name? It’s possible that it will be shortened to your callsign for example Ferguson would be converted to “Ferg”.
Often seen as the sort of bad luck charm.
Are you a cryer? This name could be given to you.
A nickname for someone who has flown his or her aircraft at night without the appropriate equipment such as goggles. Also known to fly “blind”.
Given to someone to who seemingly disappears! They are there one second — the next they’re gone.
Can’t have Jedi without the Vader. This name is given to someone who is pure evil.
This is a person who can work his or her magic with anything.
This one is pretty self explanatory — annoying little f****.
BTW - most on the above list are Hollywood fabrications and not real life. Here are some real ones:
Dingle – Last name Berry
Flowmax – Tiny bladder syndrome
Holyness – Last name LaPope
Kanga – Capt. Rew
Lunchbox – Ate anything left in the fridge
Magellan – poor sense of direction
Pampers – Suffered from intestinal issues
Salad – First name Cesar
Vodka – Last name Smirnoff
The key to surviving a callsign or military nickname is to own it with pride. If you gripe and complain they will give you a worse one and will constantly remind you of it. One way to "own it" would be to have challenge coins or morale patches made with your callsign on it. Challenge Coin Nation can make them for you at a very reasonable price.
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