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Chit-Chat over the Airways

Discussion in 'The Lighter Side' started by StoneGiant, Mar 13, 2004.

  1. StoneGiant

    StoneGiant

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    Most of these have been thru before, but I think there are a couple of new ones.

    In his book, Sled Driver, SR-71 Blackbird pilot Brian Shul writes: "I'll always remember certain radio exchange that occurred one day as Walt (my back-seater) & I were screaming across Southern California 13 miles high. We're monitoring various radio transmissions from other aircraft as we entered Los Angeles airspace. Though they didn't really control us, they did monitor our movement across their scope. Heard a Cessna ask for a readout of its ground speed." "90 knots" Center replied. Moments later, Twin Beech required the same."120 knots," Center answered. We weren't the only ones proud of our ground speed that day as almost instantly an F-18 smugly transmitted, 'Ah, Center, Dusty 52 requests ground speed readout." There's a slight pause, then the response, "525 knots on the ground, Dusty." Another silent pause. As I was thinking to myself how ripe situation this was, heard a familiar click of radio transmission coming from my back-seat. "Center, Aspen 20, got ground speed readout for us?" There was a longer than normal pause . . . "Aspen, I show 1,742 knots". No further inquiries were heard on that frequency.
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    Another famous SR-71 story, Los Angeles Center reported receiving a request for clearance to FL 60 (60,000 ft). The incredulous controller, with some disdain in his voice, asked, "How do you plan to get up to 60,000 feet?" The pilot (obviously a sled driver), responded, "We don't plan to go up to it, we plan to go down to it." He was cleared.

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    The pilot was sitting in his seat & pulled out a .38 revolver. He placed it on top of the instrument panel, & then asked the navigator, "Do you know what this's used for?" The navigator replied timidly, "No, what's it for?" The pilot responded, "Use this on navigators who get me lost!" The navigator proceeded to pull out a .45 & place it on his chart table. The pilot asked, "What's that for?" "To be honest sir," the navigator replied, "I'll know we're lost before you will."

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    More tower chatter: Tower: "Delta 351, you have traffic at 10 o'clock, 6 miles!" Delta 351: "Give us another hint! We have digital watches!"

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    One day pilot of a Cherokee 180 was told by tower to hold short of runway while a MD80 landed. The MD80 landed, rolled out, turned around, & taxied back past Cherokee. Some quick-witted comedian in MD80 crew got on radio & said, "What a cute little plane! Did you make it all by yourself?" Our hero, Cherokee pilot, shot back with: "Made it out of MD80 parts. Another landing like that & I'll have enough parts for another."

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    There's a story about the military pilot calling for priority landing because his single-engine jet fighter was running "a bit peaked." Air Traffic Control told the fighter jock that he was number two behind a B-52 that had one engine shut down. "Ah," the pilot remarked, "the dreaded seven-engine approach."

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    A student became lost during a solo cross-country flight. While attempting to locate the aircraft on radar, ATC asked, "What was your last known position?" Student: "When I was number one for takeoff."

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    Taxiing down the tarmac, the 757 abruptly stopped, turned around & returned to the gate. After an hour-long wait, it finally took off. A concerned passenger asked the flight attendant, "What was the problem?" "The pilot was bothered by a noise he heard in the engine," explained the flight attendant, "and it took us a while to find a new pilot."

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    "Flight 2341, for noise abatement turn right 45 degrees." "But Center, we're at 35,000 feet. How much noise can we make up here?" "Sir, have you ever heard the noise a 747 makes when it hits a 727?"

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