Aircraft Conversation Emergency Channel

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.

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

 

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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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