Aircraft Inspired Dog Names

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Introduction

For many aviation buffs, the name of an airplane is all that is needed to conjure up images of an era, a design, or historical significance. Many aircraft throughout history have changed the way we view our ability to fly and even how to approach it, from the Wright Flyer to the SR-71 Blackbird and everything in between, each representing its respective place in history. Most of them have titles that are just as unique as they are, titles that helped them stand the test of time nearly as well as their designs did. In a similar fashion, many dogs have defined themselves to their families, much as planes defined themselves to the world, their unique characteristics and overall identity helping many people to frame periods of time in their lives. Because of it, naming you dog after an inspirational flight-bound vehicle works two-fold: it pays respect to the aircraft of the past and present and also undoubtedly helps to define what is most likely a one-of-a-kind canine companion. 

Aircraft Dog Names in Pop Culture

Aircraft Dog Name Considerations

When naming your dog after an airplane, there is certainly a lot to consider. Should the name reflect their looks? Their personality? Should you choose a modern name or a historical name? Of course, the answer can be as simple as choosing a favorite or the most meaningful plane name to you, but for anyone looking for a bit more depth, feel free to consider our examples. 

One easy way to go is to look at your dog’s breed type. If you have a German breed, such as a Rottweiler or a Doberman, Messerschmitt, after the German manufacturers, would be a good choice. If you have a French breed, like a Poodle or a Basset Hound, Dassault or Falcon would be suitable for the same reason. 

If you’d like to take it a step further, carefully consider your dog’s quirks and personality. Do they jump up and down vertically with considerable ease? Maybe Osprey, after the Bell Boeing V-22 Osprey, which can takeoff and land like a helicopter, would be a good fit. If they are particularly large and lumbering but can still catch surprising airtime, Hughes, Hercules, Spruce, and Goose are all great options if you are at all familiar with the flight of the Spruce Goose. If they always run away just to come right back, the name Boomerang would be perfect. 

Of course, looks can work just as well. If they are a barrel-shaped lump like an English Bulldog, Guppy would be suitable. If they’re long, skinny, and smooth-sailing, Concorde would be apt. If they’re red and have markings that look like a cross, Baron would be an excellent choice (especially if they like dive bombing other dogs). 

Whatever you choose, don’t be afraid to let the ideas fly. After all, like most aircraft, it took significant experimentation before they got it just right. 

Male Aircraft Dog Names

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Boeing
After the Boeing Company, one of the largest aircraft manufacturers in the world
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Osprey
After the Bell Boeing V-22 Osprey, which can take off and land vertically like a helicopter
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Dassault
After Dassault Aviation, French airplane manufacturers who make military and business jets
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Falcon
After the Dassault Falcon 7X, a French business jet with a tri-jet engine
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Lockheed
After the Lockheed Corporation, who combined with Martin Marietta's company to create Lockheed Martin
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Albatross
After the Gossamer Albatross, which was the first human-powered aircraft to cross the English Channel and influenced other similar builds of the time and after
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Messerschmitt
After German aircraft manufacturer Messerschmitt, famous for their WWII warplanes
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Voyager
After the Scaled Composites Voyager, the first aircraft to circumnavigate the earth without stopping or refueling
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Predator
After the General Atomics MQ-1 Predator, the first military drone, aka unmanned aerial vehicle
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Atomic
After General Atomics, American defense contractor who developed the first drone planes and other advanced technologies
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Martin
After Martin Marietta, who combined with Allen Lockheed's company to form Lockheed Martin
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Lightning
After the Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II, used to replace the aging warplanes developed and produced in the 1970s
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Rutan
After Burt Rutan, aerospace engineer who designed several groundbreaking aircrafts
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Louis
After the Spirit of St. Louis, which was used in a landmark flight that lasted 33.5 hours non-stop flight from New York to Paris
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Douglas
After the Douglas Aircraft Company, who have designed and produced several popular aircraft of various types
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Spitfire
After the Supermarine Spitfire, a famous British warplane during WWII
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Wright
After the Wright Brothers, Orville and Wilbur, who are widely credited with inventing, building, and flying the world's first successful airplane
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Stinker
After the Little Stinker, an aerobatic champion plane in the 1940s, classically recognizable red and white stripes
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Hughes
After the Hughes Aircraft Company, aerospace and defense contractor
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Hercules
After the Hughes H-4 Hercules, aka the "Spruce Goose", in 1947 was the largest plane to fly; proved heavy aircraft were capable of flying
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Baron
After the Red Baron's Fokker Dr.I, flown by the Red Baron himself who won 80 combats in WWI; iconic red plane w/ a black cross
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Mitchell
After the B-25B Mitchells, famous bombers used in WWII
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Hawker
After Hawker Aircraft, Ltd., manufacturers of some of the most famous planes in British history
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Mustang
After North American Aviation's P-51 Mustang; one of the best fighters of the WWII era
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Proteus
After the Scaled Composites Model 281 Proteus, a highly-efficient yet unconventional design used for telecommunication relays
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Boomerang
After the Rutan Model 202 Boomerang, an asymmetrical twin-engine, twin-fuselage aircraft
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Goblin
After the McDonnell XF-85 Goblin, a "parasite fighter" design meant to be dropped from larger planes
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Carbon
After the Carbon Cub, a modern version of the popular Piper Cub
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Raptor
After the F-22 Raptor, one of the best-designed fighter jets currently made
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Concorde
After the Concorde airliner, an early but successful supersonic jet

Female Aircraft Dog Names

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Piper
After airplane manufacturer Piper Aircraft, one of the "Big Three" of general aviation
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Bell
After Bell Aircraft, manufacturers of WWII fighter planes, as well as the famous X-1, the first supersonic aircraft
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Star
After the Lockheed P-80 Shooting Star, the United States' first combat aircraft with a turbojet
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Gossamer
After AeroVironment's Gossamer series, which included the Condor, Albatross, and Penguin
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Cub
After the Piper J-3 Cub, which was used to train 80% of WWII pilots
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Constellation
After the Lockheed Constellation, also known as the "Connie", the first widely used pressurized airliner
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Varieze
After the Rutan VariEze, a unique composite airplane popular among amateur builders
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Spirit
After the Spirit of St. Louis, the plane flown by Charles Lindberg
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Cessna
After the Cessna Aircraft Company, one of the highest-volume producers in general aviation
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Bleriot
After aviation pioneer Louis Blériot, whose design was inspired by the Wright Brothers and soon influenced Clyde Cessna
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Cirrus
After aircraft manufacturer Cirrus Aircraft, who make light sport aircraft
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Blackbird
After the Lockheed SR-71 Blackbird, which holds the world record for being the fastest air-breathing manned airplane in history, which it set in 1976
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Flyer
After the Wright Flyer, credited as the first successful airplane
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Memphis
After the Memphis Belle, one of the first B-17 bombers to complete 25 WWII missions
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Belle
After the Memphis Belle, one of the most successful bombers of WWII, toured 31 cities on a publicity tour, generating significant fame
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Goose
After the Hughes H-4 Hercules, also known as the Spruce Goose
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Electra
After the Lockheed Model 10 Electra, the groundbreaking plane flown by Amelia Earhart in her around-the-world flight that went 22,000 miles before disappearing over the ocean
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Vinfiz
After the Vin Fiz, a modified Wright-style bi-plane; first airplane to fly from coast to coast across the US
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Enola
After the Enola Gay, used to drop the atomic bomb
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Hurricane
After the Hawker Hurricane, one of the two most important and influential planes of early WWII
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Mirage
After the Dassault-Breguet Mirage, widely used by smaller militaries in the 1960s due to it's inexpensive build and overall toughness
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Zero
After the Mitsubishi Zero, Japanese fighter planes of WWII
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Aerodyne
After Alexander Lippisch's Aerodyne, one of the most unconventional shapes in aviation history
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Parasol
After the Nemuth Parasol, an airplane developed in 1934 with a single wing in the shape of a parasol
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Guppy
After The Pregnant Guppy, an aptly-named bulbous cargo plane used to transport materials for NASA
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Aurora
The name of a super-secret spy plane, supposedly a replacement for the SR-71 Blackbird but its existence is still unverified for security reasons
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Solar
After the Solar Impulse, a plane with a massive wingspan lined with solar panels for power
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Bede
After the Bede BD-5J, best known for its use in the James Bond film Octopussy
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Harrier
After the BAE AV-8B Harrier II, one of the most successful jets of the modern era
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Eclipse
After the Eclipse 550, an engineering marvel of endurance

Community Dogs with Aircraft Names

Lear's name story for Aircraft Inspired Dog Names
Lear
Male
Flat-Coated Retriever
Saint Francisville, IL

We first had a Pilot. Then we got Jet. Now we have Lear.