This blog is for Communication among Marines and people interested in the Marines. The 10 is for Communications. The Photo above is Marble Mountain, Danang, Vietnam.

Apr 25, 2011

This has zipped around the internet a few times. It may or may not be true, but it certainly sounds like a Marine pilot.

FA-18 Fighter aircraft cost: $32 million
U.S. Marine pilot attitude: priceless…

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 near Iranian airspace. 

The following conversation was heard on the VHF Guard (emergency) frequency 121.5 MHz. 

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) 


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