Number 3: Lockheed C-5, Nickname: FRED
The C-5 is one ginormous jet…so big when it debuted that it seemed too large to be real. But like most mythical warriors, it has an Achilles heel. In this case, it was a giant heel…the plane was always broken.
Back in the 1960s, Lockheed set out to build a huge cargo carrying jet. They incorporated a host of features that really pushed the envelope. The jet’s landing gear was incredibly complex. The ability for the jet to kneel was revolutionary (and revolutionarily complex). And its TF-39 engines were some of the first turbofan engines. Unfortunately, they had a tendency to fail quite often.
All these problems led to a nickname that summed up the mess of a jet. The official nickname for the C-5A was the Galaxy but most people call it “FRED”. FRED stands for F*cking Ridiculous Economic Disaster! You can learn more about the nickname here.