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82Whitey51

Why is the C-27A Nicknamed a "Chuck"

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I just noticed Italeri released the C-27A/G.222 Spartan in new boxing with C-27A "Chuck" written on the box.

Is this nickname derived from the C-27A's history with the U.S. military...notably we bought them and "chucked" them directly to the boneyard?

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I'd love to know how they came up with this name. I'm going with Whitey's theory.

Nice box art btw....

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No idea on the name, but the C-27 always reminded me of the C-123 Provider whenever I saw one.

Regards,

Don.

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This is the C-27A which served for about a decade out of Howard AFB before the USAF sent them to the boneyard so that doesn't make Whitey's theory that likely. He's thinking about the C-27J.

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Maybe it is a typo and it means "Chick" !? :doh::stupid:

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I don't know why a Chuck but I can tell you that the name Panda comes from this:

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Same manufacturer, same attitude.

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Like all NATO reporting names for communist aircraft, the name itself is meaningless. It begins with "C" to denote a cargo aircraft, and is a single syllable to denote propeller power.

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Like all NATO reporting names for communist aircraft, the name itself is meaningless. It begins with "C" to denote a cargo aircraft, and is a single syllable to denote propeller power.

Why would an Italian aircraft get a NATO reporting name for a communist manufactured aircraft?

Shane

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Why would an Italian aircraft get a NATO reporting name for a communist manufactured aircraft?

Shane

Kinda scratching my head on that one as well... :unsure:

Regards,

Don.

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Why would an Italian aircraft get a NATO reporting name for a communist manufactured aircraft?

It's a joke. Italy had the largest communist party of any western nation.

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Being a transport, maybe it was based on chuck wagon

If it wasn't a particularly smooth ride for those in the back, then chuck might well have been what they were doing.

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Being a transport, maybe it was based on chuck wagon

If it wasn't a particularly smooth ride for those in the back, then chuck might well have been what they were doing.

That's the best answer I've heard for it yet.

Looking back on it, my theory is no good because this is the earlier "A" model...not the "J" that got built and sent direct to the boneyard. I recall seeing the "A" down in Panama (Howard AFB) back in the early 90s but everyone just called them "Spartans".

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That's the best answer I've heard for it yet.

No, you got it wrong. Mine was the best answer. Because it looks like "Chuck the Ugly Duck."

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