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    Avatar photoWar Panda

    You’re a pilot and you need to choose a Call Sign. What would it be?


    “The great Gaels of Ireland are the men that God made mad,
    For all their wars are merry, and all their songs are sad.”

    Avatar photoJohn D Salt

    A pilot? Pfff.

    Pick any of

    “Fruitbat Leader”

    “Pangolin 2”

    “Stovie 4”

    or if rotary wing

    “AngryPalmTree 1”

    “ShudderingShithouse 3”

    “BloodyGreatMixMasterBlongJesusChrist Leader”

    If permitted to remain on the ground, as God intended, then, naturally, “Foxhound Sunray”.

    All the best,


    Avatar photoMr. Average

    Call signs are not chosen by pilots who use them, but by their fellow pilots. That said, “Weirdbeard” is what my old teammates used to call me, due to the fact that I couldn’t hold a clean shave for more than an hour.  So that’s a possibility for me.

    Avatar photokyoteblue

    Um kyoteblue ….

    Avatar photoEtranger

    Probably either “ET’ (from the nom de net) or ‘Doc’. It should be pronounced Throat Warbler Mangrove of course….

    Avatar photoSparker

    Sparker I guess…although Hotel 1 Victor was always popular for training scenarios….And I will never forget my first ship’s International Callsign – Golf Charlie Delta Golf – belted that out a few times….

    Speaking of nicknames, it seems I got a new one with every ship – ‘Ticker’ obviously, as my surname is Hart, then ‘Big Vern’ from a cartoon character in Viz magazine, who was always well rugged up, as I liked to be well duffelled up ahead of time to build up the warm air layers, became a bit of a joke…Then ‘Kraken’ (as I supposedly always had red eyes on waking). Then latterly, Sparks, as my original trade of Sparker (Radio Operator General, ie Telegraphist with morse key) faded into obscurity and I became something of a walking museum exhibit…

    'Blessed are the peacekeepers, for they shall need to be well 'ard'
    Matthew 5:9

    Avatar photoJozisTinMan

    Hummus.  Because, well, I just really like hummus…


    Avatar photogrizzlymc

    I suspectthat it might have been Grizzly. Unless it was in a Spanish speaking country, in which case it would have been Oso.

    Avatar photoRod Robertson

    Two choices:

    “Roger-Ramjet”: A hero of my youth.

    Or more accurately:

    “Lard Aloft”: I am not a thin person!

    Cheers and good gaming.

    Rod Robertson

    Avatar photoWar Panda

    Wow! A throw back to my youth…I had forgotten this cartoon ever existed …which reminds me of what my own call sign would be…

    I’m about the right height and since my footy days are over I’m turing into his shape too

    “The great Gaels of Ireland are the men that God made mad,
    For all their wars are merry, and all their songs are sad.”

    Avatar photoSparker

    Gotta love that laugh!

    'Blessed are the peacekeepers, for they shall need to be well 'ard'
    Matthew 5:9

    Avatar photoAlvin Molethrottler

    “Throbbing Gristle”

    Avatar photoRay G Dog

    It would be what I’ve been labelled with by my co-workers and over come to own…”G Dog”. It’s a contraction of a common retort uttered in response to my less restrained responses, “G***, you old dog”. The funny part is many of my co-workers only know me by that name and you’ll hear statements like, “You should ask G Dog, that’s his application”.



    Avatar photoThaddeus Blanchette

    I dunno about call signs, but my drag queen name is Chimay Duvel.

    We get slapped around, but we have a good time!

    Avatar photoAnonymous

    Again, you don’t get a choice.


    Honestly, given my 15 years in nursing prior to USAF it would have bee something medically obscene cleaned up for use on a radio.

    My preferences?

    Fritos (my downfall)

    Crusader (insert optional color of choice)

    Rockfall (so many stories involving me and Mother Nature)

    Duck. (there is is story about falling off a flood control dam in a full pack while a Boy Scout)

    Maybe just Natural Disaster?



    Avatar photoPatG

    Two One Delta*, later Two One Charlie Niner. We infantry types didn’t muck about with fancy call signs.

    *yes Delta. Most of our reserve section signed up 6 months ahead of the usual “summer camp” recruitment cycle so we were set aside as a fourth section in the platoon for training purposes. Most of us went on to reg force, took commissions or were made section commanders when the section was broken up. Sadly turnover was high in the ’80’s.

    Avatar photocraig cartmell

    In the navy mine was ‘killer’.

    Nothing to do with my military prowess but more my aggressive style of goalkeeping in field hockey.

    Avatar photoPatrice

    My re-enactor name: “Huchehault”

    From the old French words “hucher” (to shout) and “hault” (high, loud) because I’ve a very strong voice to talk to the public.

    All my re-enactment role names are supposed to be descended from the same imaginary family:
    “Huchehault” in the Middle Ages, and also as a c.1700 French Marine;
    “Onésippe Huchaux” as an ACW soldier, 18th Louisiana Infantry…


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