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According to a Marine Pilot:

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 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 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)
 

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Great story indeed ... great stories can always be had by people sitting next to you on an airplane.

Sure would be nice to have this type of story confirmed and proven true other than this guy told me this.
 

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For cry'in out loud, why does this story have to be factual?

Do you know the difference between a Fairy Tale and a Flying Story? Well, one begins, "Once Upon a Time", and the other begins, "There I was.........". I, for one, can still remember when fly'in ships were made of wood, and men where made of iron!

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The difference between a fairy tale and a sea story?

Fairy tale - Once upon a time...

Sea Story - Now this ain't no sh!t...


Go Navy!!

Best,
Dennis
 
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