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?
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.]