I try to keep this a family-friendly blog, but sometimes something otherwise inappropriate just hits my funnybone. This is one such time.
Wirecutter posted this picture a few days ago. Note the aircraft registration code.
I immediately thought it was a Photoshop fake. I mean, really, what bureaucrat is going to allow an aircraft registration like that? Little did I know. It turns out there really was a German aircraft with the registration code D-ILDO. It wasn’t the aircraft in the picture – that, I’m pretty sure, is a Photoshop fake. It was a Dornier Do 228 twin-engined short takeoff and landing aircraft, delivered in 1981. Its current location and registration are unknown, and I wasn’t able to find a picture of it.
I was so amused, I had to find more aircraft like it. There are several good threads about funny aircraft registrations, particularly this one on the PPRuNe forum. I should warn readers that some of those mentioned there are definitely scatological, and not fit for children’s ears!
I had to laugh at several of the registrations mentioned. There’s this one, a Cessna 421C Golden Eagle, registered in Britain as G-ONAD. Then there’s this Irish Piper PA-34 Seneca II, registered as you see below. Yes, the owner was indeed named MacDonald! Sadly, the aircraft was damaged beyond repair in a landing incident in 2000.
Finally, there’s a spotting and observation aircraft with a registration code that’s entirely appropriate for its job, but can only be described as a classic double entendre. It’s the Observer model of the Partenavia P-68B.
Er… ah… yes. Quite!