Aircraft names

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This chapter covers examples of naming practices for aircraft types as well as for individual airframes, focusing on heavier-than-air aircraft, in other words machines intended to move through the air by generating aerodynamic or powered lift. The history of approaches to naming British military aircraft types are examined in particular detail, revealing efforts to name aircraft with more than just alphanumerical designations, while also exploring former umbrella nomenclature systems involving many manufacturers. US military aircraft Mission Design Series designation systems are explained briefly, as are systems of reporting names used during the Second World War and the Cold War. Civil aircraft naming practices are then illustrated with the example of the Boeing Company’s 700-series of airliners, before examining the intricacies of aircraft naming in international development projects. Finally, examples are given of names and nicknames for individual machines.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Oxford Handbook of Names and Naming
EditorsCarole Hough
Place of PublicationOxford
PublisherOxford University Press
ISBN (Print)9780199656431
Publication statusPublished - 21 Jan 2016


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