Sunday, March 01, 2009
Send them up.
I love this.. I thought some of you would especially appreciate this one.
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
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 know a guy in Iraq 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 went something like this...
" Iranian Air Defense Radar: 'Unknown aircraft you are in Iranian airspace.
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: (no response ... total silence)