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Nice one FDOS, I think some UK train operating company’s name their trains after those that died in the service of the company. A nice tradition I think, and a nice way to recognise the sacrifice people make.
Poshgirl, I think your dead right on the tradition on aircraft naming coming from shipping.
A couple of other naming conventions, busses in Southampton were named after the great liners, Normandy, SS United States, Mauritania to name a few.
The U.K. Trucking company Stobart name all their trucks, hundreds if not thousands of them, all girls names. Not sure if it extends to Stobart Air, anyone know?