A call sign is a nickname given to Starfleet fighter pilots. The call sign is frequently used in radio conversations, and is typically noted on the sides of a pilot's assigned fighter.
It is considered bad form to give oneself a call sign. Typically, call signs are given by one's co-workers.
However, pilots in elite units stationed near the Lyran border, or Prime Teams, were given more leeway for choosing callsigns on their own. (Star Trek: False Vacuum: "Arthur Porter and the Corpse of Azkapanama")
Roslyn earned the call sign "Firecracker" from Johnathan Bucyrus for her fiery temper, and for her skills in basic fighter training. Roslyn subsequently gave Johnathan the call sign "Bulldog." (USS Baldwin: "Slow Burn", "Wild Roses")
Melora Lexis obtained the call sign "Hat Trick" by destroying three Cardassian fighters with only a single missile. She had previously received the call sign "Posh" for letting slip that she was looking forward to a perm and a manicure following jungle survival training. (Starship Independence: "A Dish Best Served Cold")
Call signs were also given to Starfleet SEALs, and the members of the Eagle's Nest Squadron. Justin Shive had the call sign "Hawk," while Timothy Sinclair's call sign was "Draco." Brad Powell's call sign was "Iceman," and Ryan Dicker's was "Longshanks," both from nicknames coined by Sinclair. (Star Trek: Pendragon)
List of call signs[edit | edit source]
- Black Ice - received at Starfleet Academy both for blacking out during his first fighter training exercise and for being, in the words of one of his fighter instructors, a "slippery bastard."
- Bulldog ("Slow Burn")
- Diesel ("Blackbird")
- Firecracker ("Slow Burn")
- Gonzo ("Wild Roses")
- Huntress ("Blackbird")
- Moondance ("Wild Roses")
- Panther ("Blackbird")
- Razor ("That Kind of Day")
- Sidetrack ("Blackbird")
- Starrider ("Wild Roses")
- Stitches ("That Kind of Day")