Originally Posted by str8shooter
ok dumb question... I always thought a phrog was a frog, whats
I couldn't find a link to the news letter so I'll type in the story of the Phrog. The complete article is nearly two pages long. But this is the meat.
For those that wanted to know, or thought they knew.
By John Moprgenstern
Boeing rep, HMX-1 Quantico, VA.
While standing on the parking ramp in Quantico, VA. in 1965, Majors Bruce Colbert and Fritz Zander were watching the approach of an H-46 over the Potomac River, perpendicular to the runway and facing the headquarters building, when Bruce suddenly blurted out, "I'll be a (SOB) that aircraft looks like a frog from the front!". Fritz, a great artist and cartoonist, pondered the statement, and a few days later, produced the first cartoon of the Phrog, The term Frog was since used at HMX-1 by the pilots and crew members.
The term frog was questioned by the management of Boeing because they didn't want any derogatory terms used to degrade the aircraft or product.
On June 27, 1967, I answered that the term "Frog" was affectionately used by the HMX-1 pilots and crew, and the rationale was: It looks like a frog from the front, it is amphibious, and on top of that, it is green. The term stuck and subsequently was spelled with a "PH" (as in Phrog).
In late 1968 the first patches were purchased for the new Phrog Phlyers showing a Phrog smoking a big cigar. The Boeing reps had certificates made to present to the newly trained Phrog Phlyers.
I hope that helps explain the term Phrog instead of the plain ole frog.