Nicknames for planes... I was recently told by my son, now in training to fly the C5M Galaxy, that his plane is lovingly referred to as FRED: Flippin' Ridiculous Economic Disaster. Some have said it stands for Fred Flintstone and that's why the C17 is called "Barney." Some have insinuated that FRED stands for freakin' ridiculous Engineering design. B52: BUFF: Big Ugly Fat Fellow (it's a family show, here, folks.) B51: HAWK: Holiday and Weekend Killer B1: B-one: BONE Got any others? I'm sure the Navy has some cutesy names for its planes.