Monday, March 30, 2009

A Funny Moment

Don't know if this is true or not, but I like it.

In addition to communicating with the local Air Traffic Control facility, all aircraft in the Persian Gulf AOR are required to give the Iranian Air Defense Radar (military) a ten minute 'heads up' if they will be transiting Iranian airspace.

This is a common procedure for commercial aircraft and involves giving them your call sign, transponder code, type aircraft, and points of origin and destination.

I just flew with a guy who overheard this conversation on the VHF Guard (emergency) frequency 121.5 MHz while flying from Europe to Dubai . It's too good not to pass along.

The conversation wentlike this...

Iranian Air Defense Radar:'Unknown aircraft you are in Iranian airspace. Identify yourself.'

Aircraft:'This is a United States aircraft. I am in Iraqi airspace.'


Air Defense Radar:'You are in Iranian airspace. If you do not depart our airspace we will launch interceptor aircraft!'


Aircraft:'This is a United States Marine Corps FA-18 fighter. Send 'em up, I'll wait!'


Air Defense Radar:(total silence)


Thanks Art N.

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