From: Michael.F.Lechnar@Boeing.com Organization: e Date: 29 Jul 96 13:24:39 References: 1 2
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In article <airliners.1996.1381@ohare.Chicago.COM> McElravy <email@example.com> writes: >This may sound like a really dumb question, but I like to be on top of >things. In the computer world, technical words have specific >pronunciations. No where is it written that 80486 is pronounced >"eighty-four-eighty-six." In the aviation world I wonder how you say the >names of the planes in the Boeing fleet? After 18 years of hearing the "Boeing Way" of pronunciation, "seven- four-seven", it sends me up the walls to hear CNN say "seven-fourty- seven". Interestingly, the 707 is not "seven-zero-seven" but "seven- oh-seven". Frequently we just drop the leading seven and just say "four-seven". Regarding the 777, if you listen to any official Boeing spokesman, you will usually hear "seven-seven-seven". I think most of us use "triple-seven" in everyday useage. Our local media generally uses the offical pronunciation as well. Mike Lechnar Aircraft Performance Engineer "If I was speaking for Boeing, I wouldn't be doing it here."