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Old 18 December 2008, 04:34 AM
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Searched but couldn't find it. It sounds too much like a variation of the lighthouse vs. battleship story.

This conversation was overheard on the VHF Guard (emergency) frequency 121.5 MHz while flying from Europe to Dubai. It's too good not to pass along. The conversation went something like this...

Air Defense Radar: "Unknown aircraft at (location unknown), 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: (no response ... total silence).
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Old 18 December 2008, 05:48 AM
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Except it completely stripped out the elements of storytelling that made the warship vs lighthouse at all entertaining. The original tale ends up being a "David vs Goliath" where the little guy (being a lighthouse) wins and deflates the oversized ego of the ship's commanding officer.

This is... well... possibly the worst re-write I've ever heard. Whoever dreamed it up should stick to their day job.
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Old 18 December 2008, 06:31 AM
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Not only that, Iran has a quite capable airforce, including two domestically designed and produced fighter aircraft, F-14, Mirage F1, F-4 (which I suspect they have redesignated as attack aircraft), MiG-29, Su-25, Su-27, MiG-25 and a shitload of F-5. I think they have retired their fleet of MiG-21, opting to replace them with domestic aircraft instead of upgrading them to modern standards (something quite a few nations did).

Add to this that many of their pilots (and commanders, people often forget that bit) have plenty of real combat experience from the first gulf war.

I'm sure they could easily muster the force needed to intercept a lone FA-18, and, if need be, destroy it.
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Old 18 December 2008, 03:08 PM
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Point 1. Challenges are not broadcast on VHF Guard. And 121.5 MHz is not Guard in the sense being used here. 121.5 MHz is international distress, used by emergency beacons and such.

Point 2. You never identify yourself to that degree when initiating a challenge or responding to one. The correct response would of been something along the lines of "United States Aircraft" not specifically "United States Marine Corp F/A-18." When responding to a challenge you identify yourself only in the vaguest terms necessary.

Even on Nimitz Class Aircraft Carriers, which even at many miles simply cannot be mistaken for anything else on the planet, refer to ourselves when responding to challenges only using the generic term "United States Warship."

Now even granting that this story is still someone within the realm of possibility. Iran routinely challenges US Forces in the area, challenges happen almost constantly while we transit the straights of Hormuz for instance. And yes Iran often does take a harsher tone on those challenges until they they learn they are talking to US Forces.

Still don't see an exchange like this happening though.
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Old 18 December 2008, 03:30 PM
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Point 2. You never identify yourself to that degree when initiating a challenge or responding to one. The correct response would of been something along the lines of "United States Aircraft" not specifically "United States Marine Corp F/A-18." When responding to a challenge you identify yourself only in the vaguest terms necessary.
[hijack] Would that be because an enemy of any real capability upon being informed of the exact type of aircraft be better able to select it's attack or defence equipment and tactics based on the known facts about the aircraft, it's performance and so on? Sorry just curious. [/hijack]
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Old 18 December 2008, 03:56 PM
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[hijack] Would that be because an enemy of any real capability upon being informed of the exact type of aircraft be better able to select it's attack or defence equipment and tactics based on the known facts about the aircraft, it's performance and so on? Sorry just curious. [/hijack]
Pretty much. It's just good tactical mindedness to never volunteer information.
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Old 18 December 2008, 04:52 PM
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When ever these stories come up with soldiers or marines or whatever giving cocky, smart-alec answers I always imagine them getting back to base, getting hauled in front of the CO and getting yelled at for an hour for blatantly breaking all the rules ( especially in that one where the marine punches the professor ). Would a marine pilot ever dream of saying this? What if they had sent up a couple of interceptors, what would he have done? Shot them down and risked kicking off WWIII?
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Old 18 December 2008, 04:58 PM
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Would a marine pilot ever dream of saying this? What if they had sent up a couple of interceptors, what would he have done? Shot them down and risked kicking off WWIII?
Marine is capitalized. It's a proper name in this circumstance.

And oh yes, a Marine aviator would most certainly dream of saying this. It's doubtful he'd ACTUALLY say it, but I can promise you that giving a response like this in such a situation is dreamt about nightly.

Hard to say what would happen in this very hypothetical (and almost certainly fictional) scenario if Iran were to send up interceptors. Too many tactical variables.
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Old 18 December 2008, 07:15 PM
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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: MC-18, tower frequency one one niner point two, frequency change approved, make straight in runway two eight right, two eight right cleared to land.
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Old 18 December 2008, 07:17 PM
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Trust me, this never happened. Without getting into details, I can confirm that this is a bunch of UL bullshit.
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Old 18 December 2008, 07:23 PM
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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: In that case, SAMs launched. You wil receive our reply shortly.
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Old 20 December 2008, 06:10 AM
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Trust me, this never happened. Without getting into details, I can confirm that this is a bunch of UL bullshit.
Well of course you'd say that. You're a part of the conspiracy.
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Old 20 December 2008, 09:10 AM
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The earliest reference to this on Usenet that I could find was dated 7 December 2008 on alt.friends. The oldest reference that I could find on the web was this blog post dated 24 September 2008. (Warning: Loud music on this site!) As you can see, this author is just repeating something and doesn't know (or claim) that it's true.
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Old 22 December 2008, 02:52 PM
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My understanding is that Iranian interceptors are rather bad, but their air defence is rather good (they import relatively new and rather good systems from Russia, if I remember correctly).

Anyways, as actually being trained to operate those air defence systems (along the lines of National Guard, not at the regular service level), I highly doubt that the Iranian side would actually come from air defence radar. The way things set up there is there are several radars connected to a command post. Essentially, command post tries to keep quiet (if it is stationary, then it is hooked up into all the landline communications, which can be anything, including telegraph lines) and dumps the printouts to the head office. Under certain circumstances the officers at the command post may have the right to engage, but I doubt it is the case here - so, if anything, their job is to track the plane and control the radars on the ground (switch on/off, etc.) and shoot the rockets. All the talking is done through the not-so-secret airforce node, who has the right to send the planes and stuff.

I think that removing this Iranian Air Defence Radar from the equation waters down the story quite a bit.
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Old 05 April 2011, 03:40 PM
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Actually, I did a time unlimited search and found this webpage has the oldest dated showing of this tale, which is dated 31 Jan 2001 . Prior to then, it doesn't appear to be anywhere on the web. Perhaps someone could contact the owner of the webpage and find out from where they got it.

Thanks,
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