What’s in a name?

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    Tiger Tim

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    The mention elsewhere that the Double Ender’s successor was called the Ascender had me thinking about other airplanes that have carried that name before, mostly experimental canards of the 30’s and 40’s because of the pun (ass-ender).

    Looking through aerofiles, another name that comes up a lot on planes built before WWI is Mayfly so we know a lot of early builders at least had a sense of humour for what they were doing. There’s also the British Currie Wot biplane, apparently so named because people kept asking Mr. Currie, “Wot are you building?”

    What other interesting or funny airplane names are out there?
     
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    Wittman Buttercup.
    Pober Pixie.
    Pitts Samson.
    Pitts Little and Big Stinker.
    Knight Twister.
    Stitts Flut-R-Bug.
    Hovey Whing Ding.
    Evans Skeeter.
    Sorrel Hyperbipe.


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    Pou du Ciel (sky louse)
     
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    Pout du ciel is actually flying flea.
     
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    The literal translation is "louse of the sky". "Flying Flea" is just the anglicized version; I guess English speaking people don't find lice as amusing as the French... :eek:
     

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