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Old 30 December 1999, 01:05 PM   #1
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I'm researching some terms used by WW-I Allied Pilots.
In "War Birds" Elliott Springs mentioned that Billy Bishop made an embarrassing reference to a wind sock in mixed company. Does anybody know what a windsock was called in the pilots' vernacular?
Also, would be interested in whatever else anybody can remember in reference to aerodromes and equipment and personnel thereon.
I know that "Ak-Emma" means Aircraft and Engine Mechanic, but that's about all.
 
Old 30 December 1999, 01:36 PM   #2
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A one time RE8 man told me that German kite balloons were refered to as "Randy Ruperts". Apparently they resemble the erect male wos'name complete with dangly bits
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Old 30 December 1999, 02:18 PM   #3
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JohnL,
A long, long time ago there was a thread I kicked off on just this topic. I have searched my hard drive and can't find the saved document. However, I know I have a hard copy of it 'somewhere' (which is a very big place!!).
If we are all still here tomorrow *G* (it is 31/12 here) I will try to find it and post the terms gathered.

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Old 30 December 1999, 04:39 PM   #4
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Darryl,
Just in case the doomsday prophets are right, it's been grand. See you in the next world.
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Old 30 December 1999, 05:51 PM   #5
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Steady on Mike, it's only the appocalypse. It's not like it's the end of the world.
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Old 31 December 1999, 01:05 AM   #6
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Getting the "wind up" meant you were scared.
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Valkyries, Houris, whatever, as long as they're cute.
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Old 31 December 1999, 05:54 AM   #9
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They're cute all right; they shave every morning. Yechhht!
 
Old 31 December 1999, 06:00 AM   #10
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The phrase Bish used was probably calling the wind sock a "French Letter", vernacular of the time referring to a condom (packaged in an envelope; the French of course being seen as the home of all things sexual at the time). The similarity between the wind sock and a condom are pretty obvious.

"Ack Emma" stands for "AM"--so it could refer to an Air Mechanic or a.m. in the morning depending on context. "Pip Emma" was p.m. There were phonetic words for each letter of the alphabet, useful when trying to be understood over the relatively poor quality telephones used in the trenches and balloons. Similar systems are still used today by the police and the military.

A "gasper" or "fag" was a cigarette (from "faggot" but referring to the slow-burning log, not a homosexual!). A "Lucifer" was a match from a common brand of the time. While "having the wind up" did indeed mean being frightened, "being windy" meant something else entirely, although pilots suffered from both.
 
 

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