Hail Big Chief!
I’m happy to announce that I bought a Piper Seneca II! I haven’t yet sold my beloved Cessna, Orion, so for the time being, I guess my website should be “A Girl and Her Planes”! But, for now, I’d like to introduce you to Big Chief.
Ya’ll know I like to name stuff. So of course the new plane would need a name. Since it’s a Seneca, I figured I’d look up famous Seneca Indians and name him after one of them. But when I looked them up, there were no names I recognized nor any that were airplane name inspiring. Hmm. What to do, what to do? Well, since the Seneca Indians live way up north around the Adirondacks and in Canada, quite a far cry from New Orleans, I started to wonder if I could come up with a better connection to my home. And the accent paint is purple, which is one of the colors of Mardi Gras. Here we have the Mardi Gras Indians, a truly wonderful and rich culture that is a sight to behold when they come out in full costume on Mardi Gras day and St. Joseph’s day. I’ll never forget the first time I ran into a tribe on Mardi Gras morning. I was beside myself with glee as I followed them around, walking in time to their unique music, and hoping they would happen upon another tribe, which they did, and at which time they exchanged songs and chants.
Well, if this big plane were to have a Mardi Gras Indian tribal appointment, he’d definitely be the Big Chief. But all the local Big Chiefs had two cool names after “Big Chief”, like Big Chief Monk Boudreaux, Big Chief Tootie Montana, and Big Chief Bo Dollis. It hit me instantly. Since this plane will burn about three times as much fuel as my Cessna: Big Chief Gas Guzzler. But just Big Chief for short. Hail Big Chief!