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Old 05-15-2006, 08:34 PM
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In his book, "Sled Driver", SR-71 Blackbird pilot Brian Shul writes:
"I'll always remember a certain radio exchange that occurred one day
as Walt (my back-seater) and I were screaming across Southern
California 13 miles high. We were 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. I heard a Cessna ask for a readout of
its ground speed."90 knots," Center replied. Moments later, a 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 was a slight pause, then the response, "525
knots on the ground, Dusty." Another silent pause. As I was
thinking myself how ripe a situation this was, I heard a familiar
click of a radio transmission coming from my back-seater. It was at
that precise moment I realized Walt and I had become a real crew, for
we were both thinking in unison. "Center, Aspen 20, you got a ground
speed readout for us?" There was a longer than normal pause....
"Aspen, I show 1,742 knots" (That's about 2004.658 mph for those who
don't know.) No further inquiries were heard on that frequency.
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In another famous SR-71 story, Los Angeles Center reported receiving
a request for clearance to FL 600 (60,000ft). 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 and pulled out a .38 revolver. He
placed it on top of the instrument panel, and then asked the
navigator, "Do you know what I use this for?" The navigator replied
timidly, "No, what's it for?" The pilot responded, "I use this on
navigators who get me lost!" The navigator proceeded to pull out a
.45 and placed 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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When Hillary Clinton visited Iraq last month the Army Blackhawk
helicopter used to transport the Senator was given the call sign
"broomstick one." And they say the Army has no sense of humor!
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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 the pilot of a Cherokee 180 was told by the tower to hold
short of the runway while a MD80 landed. The MD80 landed, rolled
out, turned around, and taxied back past the Cherokee. Some
quick-witted comedian in the MD80 crew got on the radio and said,
"What a cute little plane. Did you make it all by yourself?" Our
hero the Cherokee pilot, not about to let the insult go by, came back
with: "I made it out of MD80 parts. Another landing like that and
I'll have enough parts for another one."
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There's a story about the military pilot calling for a 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 and
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 are 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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