July 19, 2007

Riddle Me This, Part One in a Series

Back in June, this page prominently featured the first eight 787s and their recipient airlines. Flightblogger is taking this idea quite a few steps further. Early this month, this blogger learned the identities of the Boeing 787 Dreamliners 9 all the way through to 27 in an extremely unusual way.

The identities of L/N 9-27 arrived in the form of riddles.

I have since solved them all correctly and I felt it was only appropriate to share the riddles with the aviation community. Please note that these riddles were not created by me. I found that the riddles find their from origins in aviation history, pop culture, sports, mathematics and many other places.

In addition, please keep in mind that with these early build airplanes, the line number probably has little correlation to the delivery order. Boeing will be building and stockpiling aircraft when final 787 certification occurs. Airlines that have a number of airplanes in the first forty or so may well pick them up all at the same time.

Over the next several weeks, I will be releasing them, 5 at a time. The answers will be revealed in the posts that follows. Good luck and feel free to collaborate with each other here in the comments section or in the forums at airliners.net.

L/N 9:

L/N 10:

19th in the Constellation

L/N 11:

Take away the first word in this airline's name, and you will be left with the name of another airline that rose, and fell, and rose, and fell again.

L/N 12:

This is what you would say when greeting the Chairman of the Board's daughter, using the shortened form of her first name.

L/N 13:

Add this one's line number to that of its older sister, reverse it, and you have the only uniform number ever retired by Major League Baseball.


Anonymous said...

So LN9 is ANA, the numbers are referring to the 1st letter of the alphabet, followed by the 14th, and the first again.

Is the clue for LN11 referring to eastern airlines, and therefore LN11 is China Eastern Airlines?

Major league Baseball retired Jackie Robinson's number 42, so LN11 and LN13 are the same airline (China Eastern?)

Anonymous said...

PS, Fun Game!!!

Anonymous said...

Here are my guesses:

LN9 -- ANA
LN10 -- Pegasus Aviation Finance
LN11 -- China Eastern Airlines
LN12 -- Hainan Airlines
LN13 -- China Eastern Airlines

wagga said...

OT but...

The upbeat analysis of Boeing's published results doesn't take into account gains in second-quarter earnings per share that could emerge from the weak dollar, which could enhance the dollar value of overseas sales, and a reduction in shares through share repurchases, which could boost earnings per share. Boeing repurchased 4 million shares in the first quarter, ending the quarter with 787 million shares outstanding.