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9 responses to “Of course the flight patches had to be pink”

  1. SunlessNick


  2. tigtog

    Yeah. The women themselves? Great to see that they’re there doing the work and that they got the chance to fly together for once. Great that they can see themselves as inspirational as they so definitely are.

    The name? *headdesk*

  3. Jo Tamar

    Yes, *headdesk* to the name (and the pinkification) but:

    she needs women to prove that nothing is impossible; she needs female role models. I think an all-female crew shows her that another potential obstacle to her dreams no longer exists.

    I love that sentiment.

  4. Anna

    So, I don’t know anything about the USAF. But I read about this somewhere else (don’t remember where, of course) and someone commented that KC-10 flight crews are called “Gucci boys” by… some other (older?) airplane’s flight crews. So if that’s true, that makes “Gucci girls” make much more sense. Unfortunately no-one outside the USAF will know about this context, of course.

  5. tigtog

    I did wonder whether there was some USAF historical context that might make that name choice less hornswoggling. I just hope that the original nomenclature of “Gucci boys” wasn’t some sort of masculinity policing because the crews of the refuelling tankers are outside the active fire zones.

  6. R.Dave

    “Gucci boys” is common USAF slang for KC-10 tanker crews, originating (depending on who you ask) as a commentary on either (a) the various onboard amenities the KC-10s have or (b) the fact that KC-10 crews were not forward deployed in the old days, so they got cushy accommodations back on base or in hotels rather than sleeping in forward airbase barracks.

  7. Brittany-Ann

    Patches are a huge thing in USAF culture. Each group, graduating class, squadron, or crew designs their own. A lot of the time, the symbols, images, or names are an inside joke, or they may center around their aircraft. I’m not familiar with the KC-10, so I don’t know what they call it, but it may well be “Gucci.”

    There are a lot of collectors of these patches–I have a small collection myself. Airmen often trade them, and sometimes they’re given as a gift as well. It’s a huge honor to receive a patch as a gift.

  8. Esten

    In the 80’s it was the nicest jet that wasn’t a distinguished visitor transport. Comfy seats, fridge, coffee maker, etc. Since Gucci was “the” brand at the time, other crews envious of the comfort nicknamed KC-10 crews “Gucci boys”.

    Those that flew them are quite proud of the term, which you can tell from a quick google search.

  9. williamx

    The crew probably designed the patch themselves.

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