Why Bombers?

Contrary to popular belief, the Bomber nickname does not have documented origin among WWI fighter pilots. “Cayugas” was the original Ithaca College nickname voted on by the students in 1937. Then in 1940, a popular sports reporter, referring to the basketball team’s bomb-like shots, is said to have coined the term Bombers. Other theories abound and the Ithaca College archives contain many of these stories.