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:
011401


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.