This story was forwarded to me by a friend. Probably apocryphal, but as Mr. Nightlinger said in The Cowboys, "If it ain't true, it oughta be."
I do not own the copyright.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;
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 F/A-18 fighter. Send ‘em up, I’ll wait.”Air Defense Radar: (total silence)
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