according to a marine pilot

Old 12-17-2008, 07:41 AM
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A friend sent me this. Pretty funny

According to a Marine Pilot:

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

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

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
good not to pass along.

The conversation went something like this...

Air Defense Radar: 'Unknown aircraft at (location unknown), 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
airspace we will launch interceptor aircraft!'

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

Air Defense Radar: (no response ... total silence)
Old 12-17-2008, 07:45 AM
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Hilarious!!!!! I can picture in my mind the pilot on the plane and the other guy at the radar.....
Old 12-17-2008, 07:52 AM
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awesome. may not be true...but it's funny anyway. i know enough of those cocky b@stards to believe that it could have happened.
Old 12-17-2008, 08:28 AM
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It might be true.

I remember a somewhat similiar article on Fox News.

I wish they would record a few of the conversations. I'm sure there are some funny ones.,2933,433832,00.html

WASHINGTON — EXCLUSIVE: Amid false allegations from Iranian media that a U.S. plane was forced down after accidentally entering Iranian airspace, FOX News learned Tuesday about another tense incident that occurred last month near the Strait of Hormuz.

On Sept. 6, the Iranian Revolutionary Guard threatened to shoot down U.S. helicopters flying cover aboard the USS Peliliu patrolling in the area, according to a classified military transcript of the radio exchange.

According to the transcript, the Peleliu, while en route to the Strait from the Gulf of Oman — was engaged in flight operations using CH-46 helicopters when they encountered an Iranian P3 surveillance plane overhead. The U.S. Navy, which considered the plane as outdated and a non-threatening presence, had a friendly exchange with the Iranians.

The Peleliu established bridge-to-bridge contact with the P3, saying:

USS Peleliu: "Unknown aircraft at 2000ft, this is a coalition warship operation in international waters, we request you remain clear."

Iranian surveillance plane: "Good morning coalition warship, how do you feel?"

But a few hours later, while entering the Strait, the situation gets tense after an Iranian patrol boat demanded the warship's identification number, despite being in international waters.

Three hours later, according to transcripts, there was another confrontation.

Iranian Revolutionary Guard: "Your helicopters have breached Iranian air space. You have broken international rules. Your breach has been reported to the Iranian government. You are required to land your helicopters."

USS Peleliu: "No challenges are intended to the territorial integrity and sovereignty of Iran."

Iranian Revolutionary Guard: "Last warning, your helicopters are in jeopardy."

The Peleliu continued without landing the CH-46 helicopters.

Military sources told FOX News that this sort of incident happens nearly daily around the Strait, which is heavily trafficked by oil tankers.

As the only sea passage for the export of oil from the Persian Gulf, the Strait of Hormuz is the world’s most important chokepoint, and any incident there can negatively affect the price of oil.

This incident -- along with January's confrontation in the Strait, where five armed Iranian boats "swarmed" three U.S. Navy warships in international waters are examples of how the U.S. is walking a tightrope in dealing with Iran at a time that there are no relations and no hotline between the two governments that could defuse any sort of crisis. Officials told FOX New that this kind of diplomacy, right now, is being left up to U.S. sailors.
Old 12-17-2008, 08:37 AM
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The reason they are using the little boats is because the last time they started something, we sank almost their entire fleet. They may get a few licks in, but they know we'll do the same to the tooth-pick fleet if they try again.

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