gooneybird

gooneybird

(ˈɡuːnɪˌbɜːd)
n
(Animals) an informal name for the albatross, esp the black-footed albatross (Diomedea nigripes)
[C19 gony (originally sailors' slang), probably from dialect gooney fool, of obscure origin; compare goon1]
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Among the other aircraft that flew at the flypast and flying display were three Mi-17 helicopters in VIC formation carrying the National Flag and Aero India flags Dakota-DC-3, nicknamed 'Gooneybird' aircraft, MiG-21 Bison, Airborne Early Warning and Control (AEW&C) and P-8i surveillance and reconnaissance aircraft.
Towing the gliders--initially two at a time--was the airborne equivalent of the pack mule: the Douglas C-47 Skytrain, affectionately dubbed the Gooneybird. The US Army Air Forces called it the C-47, the navy labeled it the R4D, and the British called it the Dakota.