Baby: The name given to a small Spowith 100 h.p. aeroplane used largely by the Royal Navy Air Service in the war. This and names such as "Camels," "Kangaroos," "Snipes" etc., were nicknames given either by aeroplane pilots of the manufacturers of the various types, because of some peculiarity in appearance of behavior in flight.
References / notes
- Edward Fraser and John Gibbons (1925). Soldier and Sailor Words and Phrases. Routledge, London p.12.
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