A Nurse with a Gun

Wednesday, December 03, 2008


In addition to communicating with the local air traffic control facility, aircraft are required to give the Iranian Air Defense Radar a ten minute "heads up" that 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. This exchange was overheard on the VHF Guard (emergency) frequency 121.5 MHz while flying from Europe to Dubai.

Air Defense Radar: "Unknown aircraft at (location undisclosed), 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: "Roger that. This is a United States Navy F-18 fighter jet. Send 'em up!"

Air Defense Radar: ............... (no response ... total silence)



Blogger Jacob Da Jew said...

At this moment, I can seriously hug that pilot for socking it to the Persians.

8:13 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

OMG, that's good. Just like the B-52 making an emergency landing. The 7 engine approach.

Of course, the Iranian air farce could be taken out by a kid flying dad's Piper Super Cub while shooting a 10/22 out the window.

8:17 PM  
Blogger Cargosquid said...

Go Navy! Dem's my boys!

8:23 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Simply Classic.

-Big Matt @ THR

8:24 PM  
Blogger aepilot_jim said...

Grace under fire. Or in this case Snark under fire.

8:59 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Gotta love it. Just GOTTA!!

9:41 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


Loved it!

10:02 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

Love it.

10:26 PM  
Blogger Old NFO said...

Actually it was a Marine :-) But same difference :-)

4:48 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"Actually it was a Marine."

Yeah, but isn't a Marine just a sea going bellhop anyway?

5:26 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

If the Iranians are a bit sensitive about their airspace and the navy, who can blame them?


"Oops, I thought it was a fighter jet!" Yeah, right.

10:33 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The only reason I'm skeptical is that as a retired naval aviator I have never heard a navy pilot say "fighter jet." Fighter, yes, fighter jet, no. "Fighter jet" is a media creation. But then I have been retired for a "few" years.

11:21 AM  
Blogger Rorschach said...

I'd love get some confirmation...

2:16 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

If this is not true, it should be.

2:23 PM  
Blogger Vote For David said...

That has all the spidey-sense tingly feel to it of a made-for-intarwebz rumor... supporting link/proof?

And it's the best thing I've read all day.

3:00 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...


That was great!!!

3:35 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I envy the Iranians for one reason....They still fly F-14's.
There is no silhouette like a Tomcat swept back.

8:35 AM  
Blogger Xavier said...

"I envy the Iranians for one reason....They still fly F-14's.
There is no silhouette like a Tomcat swept back."

Yeah, but without the Pheonix missile, it's just a hydraulic sieve with no parts supply.

4:10 PM  
Blogger SpeakerTweaker said...

I'd lay down a few bucks to have a picture of the pilots face when he said that.

Even more for a picture of the controller's face when he heard it.


8:41 AM  
Blogger 22lr said...

Ya, having a hard time buying it. Wish it was true, and if I was a pilot id be tempted to say something like that but that pilot would have lost his wings for that. Good joke though, LOL.

11:42 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"fighter jet"? Yeah, right.

8:10 AM  
Blogger New Hope Canoe Club said...

It sounds good on paper, but alas, methinks it be just another urban legendo.

4:32 AM  

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