In the Marvel universes, the Avengers' jets are Quinjets. What's the etymology of this name? Does this refer to someone in the universe? Or a comic book creator?

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The etymology of the name of the legendary Avengers craft comes from its design specifications:

The quinjet first appeared in The Avengers #61 (February 1969) and was designed by the Wakanda Design Group, headed by the Black Panther, T'Challa. Each one is equipped with VTOL capability and five turbojet engines. A quinjet can reach Mach 2.1. Two highly specialized ultra-large Quinjets were used to transport various superheroes through space in the Infinity Crusade mini-series.

The five turbojet engines are the rationale for Quin-Jet.

  • quint: [French quinte, from Old French, interval of a fifth (in music), feminine of quint, fifth, from Latin quntus; see penkwe in Indo-European roots.]

image of Quinjet schematic

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    Doesn't the image indicate there are only 4 engines? (label in the bottom-right)
    – user1027
    May 11, 2012 at 2:24
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    @Keen - going only off the design drawing, the afterburner would be #5 May 11, 2012 at 5:06
  • An afterburner is not a separate engine, it's part of the engine design used to drastically increase thrust at the cost of efficiency. There are five engines marked - four in the bottom right and one roughly top center. Only one engine is equipped with an afterburner.
    – T.J.L.
    Sep 3, 2015 at 12:57
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    Canopy Eternal Release Handle -- Does that mean the canopy can never be reattached once it's eternally released?
    – kylieCatt
    Sep 3, 2015 at 13:01
  • It's funny, I always thought it was "Queenjet" while watching the avengers animated series.
    – Clockwork
    Mar 24, 2021 at 16:27

So has anyone else realize that the Quinjet name come from boat propulsion. HamiltonJet pioneered the commercial development of the modern waterjet system in the early 1950’s.enter image description here

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    The name is similar, do you have any evidence at all that it is actually inspired by that? If so please edit it into your answer.
    – TheLethalCarrot
    Mar 24, 2021 at 14:16

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