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Old 24 May 2007, 07:50 PM
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Airplane Easy Victor

Comment: I have been told the term "Easy Victor" originated from a war
(WWII?) that refers to an emergency landing of a plane.
The pilot's name was Victor and the plane was hit - the person with him
was telling him easy Victor to calm him as he was landing - that is why
today the "airline industry" uses that code name when making emergency

I have also heard it was a mayday code.
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Old 24 May 2007, 08:01 PM
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"Easy" and "Victor" are the phonetics from E and V from the "Able Baker" phonetic system used by several US military services around WWII. The words have no inherent meaning.

"EV" is a command given from the commander to the flight crew to immediately EVacuate the aircraft. For obvious reasons, it isn't made until the aircraft is stopped on the ground. Has nothing to do with an emergency landing.
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Old 24 May 2007, 08:09 PM
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And before anyone says "nuh-uh, it would be Echo Victor or Edward Victor", allow me to post a couple of lists of phonetic alphabets:

Golf Alpha Yankee Lima Echo
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Old 25 May 2007, 01:56 PM
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Ambulance "Mayday" x 3 Is Mayday

Hi All:

Originally Posted by snopes View Post
I have also heard it was a mayday code.
Uh, actually the mayday code is "Mayday, Mayday, Mayday" (or "Panpan, panpan, panpan" for less critical situations).

Wiki on emergency codes

Tango Alpha Romeo Alpha Whiskey Alpha November,

Ieuan "Alpha Papa" Arthur
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