Friday, December 12, 2008

Ayatollahs vs FA-18

Commercial aircraft flying into Iranian airspace communicate with not only with the local Air Traffic Control facility when in the Persian Gulf AOR, but also with the Iranian Defense Radar giving the Persian military a ten minute warning. The pilot is required to give their call sign, transponder code, type aircraft, and points of origin and destination.

This story is relayed by Michael Ledeen in a Pajamas Media article and a h/t to Bookworm. One of his regular correspondents wrote that he had flown
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 went something like this…

Iranian 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 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).
This is one of those stories you just hope is true and if it isn't no one says anything.

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dcat said...

LOL fools to take them up on it! :D :D :D

Indigo Red said...

Yep, and I guess they knew it would be foolish to try.

Mike's America said...

good story. I hope it's true.

Indigo Red said...

Somebody at NASA checked out the story. Looks like others would like the story to be true.