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Radio Transmissions

Old 20th Aug 2013, 22:00
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Radio Transmissions

Gulf War One, cruising back to our base at Al Jubail when a US helicopter pitched up on Tower frequency with a languid southern drawl.
"Jubail Tower this is Dustoff, request join."
American controller replies.
"Dustoff this Jubail Tower, authenticate Hotel Mike."
"Tower, we're army aviation out in the desert and we don't have that stuff."
"Dustoff authenticate Kilo Romeo." Replied tower with urgency.
Silence. We began to look around for the inevitable fireball as some trigger-happy yank took out this unidentified chopper.
"Sir, like I said we ain't got no crypto."
I could almost hear the thinks bubble in the tower.
"OK Dustoff, who won the Super Bowl in 88?"
"Ah, sir, that'd be the Washington Redskins!"
"Roger Dustoff, you're clear join!"

We were thankful that we did have the crypto as my knowledge of American Football is non-existent.

Come on people, there must be hundreds like this!
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Old 20th Aug 2013, 22:07
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I wonder how long until...

"I am a lighthouse. Your call!"

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Old 20th Aug 2013, 22:18
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I say Over and out.... Over.... Over and out.
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Old 20th Aug 2013, 22:36
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"I am a lighthouse. Your call!"
It's only a matter of time so let's get it over with:

''Yes, once in 1945 but I didn't land there"
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Old 21st Aug 2013, 00:52
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Roger, descending now!
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Old 21st Aug 2013, 01:45
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Another mythical call - ' I'm not that bored'

However, reality of a sort intervenes and during Gulf War 1, we had to contact all merchant ships we flew past on Ch16 and ascertain their cargo, port of departure and port of destination. On flying past a ship, we would read the ship's name from the information painted on the hull, pass it to the tac nav who would initiate the call. In boredom, again drawing on an old and tired RT story, one LPG carrier's name was given as the letters painted on the bridge as - 'The Nosmo King'. Once the overworked tac Nav tried calling this callsign on Ch16, it opened the flood gates for the invention of spurious names such as 'Nopar King' and 'Esso Ottineer' along with the likes of 'Miar Sole'. To hear a senior nav call that his ar****le was on Ch 16 amused us during hours of tedium checking up to 136 contacts in a 4hr sortie. This led to competition between the tac nav and observers - be they flight deck or beam lookouts, to invent the most imaginable names and a pint waiting on detection or not. Simple things eh?
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Old 21st Aug 2013, 02:59
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US Army Cobra helicopter....smacks the runway out of control and proceeds to put on a real show tearing itself to pieces as it rolls, tumbles,and otherwise thrashes itself to death. Tower Operator seeing the start of the fun....very quickly makes a radio call.

Tower- Cobra 161 do you need the Crash Trucks?

Cobra Pilot-I don't know....we ain't done crashing yet!
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Old 21st Aug 2013, 04:58
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How about:
Tower: "Tiger Lead- you are on fire! -----uhh --Disregard I see you've already ejected!"
An oldy but a goody.
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Old 21st Aug 2013, 06:49
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Junior operator on a Shackleton AEW crew carrying out voice crosstell to Buchan during a busy "Mallet Blow" exercise. Unfortunately he misinterpreted his chinagraph scrawl on the radar screen leading to the transmission:

"Buchan this is Anyface. Previously reported new track 612 is actually track friend 607. Track faker 603 should be faker 602. New track 612 is spurious..... Do you over-stand, under?"
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Old 21st Aug 2013, 06:59
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During a boring boat-spotting exercise in the Tin Triangle, it is time for the Commissioned Fuse Changer to broadcast the information to all and sundry on the exercise frequency...

"All stations, Disport opens....yak yak yak...." and he drones on for several minutes of alphanumeric utterances, before finally ".....Disport closes".

Quick as a flash "Err, this is Midland Radar. I guess that wasn't for us?"

On another occasion, OC10 Sqn Steve D****l is at the helm of a shiny Vickers FunBus and launches into a spiel about "Good afternoon, ladies and gentlemen. This is your captain speaking......." at the end of which he hears an ominous 'click'.

"Oh bugger", he muses, "switch pigs". Sure enough, a few seconds later, "Ascot ****, this is Ascot ****. That was a really beautiful pax brief, but you're actually on Brize Tower!"

"Yes...thank you. I know!".
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Old 21st Aug 2013, 07:04
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"Lead, 2, are you in reheat?"


"In which case, you're on fire".....
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Old 21st Aug 2013, 07:19
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"Cancel two late lunches."
Followed shortly by;
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Old 21st Aug 2013, 07:51
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A sly foot on the transmit pedal and our Yank instructor broadcasts:

"And that'll be another beer in the Bothy."

We know it went out as 360 played in back to us for the next hour or so
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Old 21st Aug 2013, 07:55
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Another couple I've overheard:

1968 from a student pilot in a Cessna 150:

"Cranfield Tower, Bedsair Charlie Mike, engine failure...request advice"
"Bedsair Charlie Mike, Roger. State position and intentions"
"Charlie Mike....I've just turned off onto the taxyway and the engine has stopped."
"Have you tried restarting?"
"Well, do so! If it starts, continue taxying!"

1976 from a Hunter pilot:

"Brawdy Tower, this is Red 2. I think I'm going to crash...."
Shortly followed by:
"I just have! Could you send a fire wagon?".

He'd just started taxying, one brake seized and he swung into the adjacent aircraft before he could stop.

Waiting at the hold at an RAFG station on our way home after yet another double IRT/Bierflug in the mighty VC10K, we are watching an Albert waddling rather uncertainly down the approach. It then smites the runway very hard indeed with clouds of tyre smoke; the wings sag noticeably before it staggers back into the air...

"Tower, Ascot **** ready for departure. We'll need to pull forward of the RHAG.....and these newly formed craters"
Peeved Herk QFI "We all had to learn once"
Anonymous voice "Clearly!"

Much chuckling and we're on our way. But I've never seen such a heavy C-130 landing as I saw that day!

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Old 21st Aug 2013, 08:29
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Phantom over the North sea during an exercise comes up on the Neatishead TAD. Female fighter controller starts issuing instructions for an intercept. The pilot follows them, whereon the Nav asks,

"Aren't you going to authenticate her?"

"Authenticate her?" replied the pilot. "I've shagged her!"

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Old 21st Aug 2013, 08:32
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In an issue of the exercise Alpha codes in the late 80's , the authentication for 'A-RS' was 'E'. During the first exercise after they were issued, it was the only code used. Strangely, it changed soon after.
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Old 21st Aug 2013, 08:32
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Flying Humberside's radar service a couple of years ago, director was vectoring a pass jet onto the ILS (or trying to). There had been a meet of microlights at a nearby airfield and about 10 departing motorised snot rags were all chatting to each other about what an wonderful day they had had etc on the director frequency.

Harrased controller told them to clear frequency immediately, followed by a GA guy transmitting for a good 10 seconds saying he had never heard such terrible radio discipline and they were a disgrace blah blah. Humberside director much wailing and gnashing of teeth by this point...
Crossing a certain airport's CAS recently on a VFR clearance but murky day.

'G-** Maintain 3,000', turn left 270, traffic departing to your north'.

'3,000 on 270 G-**. I'll be India Mike Charlie on 270, request change of clearance to IFR'

'G-** remain VFR but in cloud.'

Er...rightio then...

My home airfield. Often told to orbit a certain point inbound while they deal with the heavy stuff. After one such hold, orbiting for around 10 minutes and all quiet on the radio front I thought I ought to drop a hint

'G-** still orbiting'

'Ah......yes, circuit clear what sort of join would you like?'

'Would one that ends in a landing be too much trouble?'
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Old 21st Aug 2013, 08:40
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Two more 'historic' calls:

"Say, mam, was I ever married to you?"

"Speechless One is this a practice?"
"Roger Speechless One, divert to Cranwell"

"Aberdeen, this is the f******g DanAir"

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Old 21st Aug 2013, 08:51
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Offshore helicopter returning to Aberdeen: "xxxx, request descent"

Female controller (mistaking the c/s for one who wouldn't normally be asking for a descent at their position): "why do you want to descend?"

"Because I'd like to be closer to the ground when I get out?"
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Old 21st Aug 2013, 09:03
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Flight of 3 RAF Chinooks approaching Coleman US Army base in Germany, for a refuel. The sqn's monthly-changing formation callsign was, for that month, Corncrake.

Ldr - "Coleman Tower, this is Corncrake Formation."

Twr - " uhhh... is that Corncrisp Information?"

Ldr - "Negative, Corncrake Formation."

Twr - "Roger, Cornflake Information, pass your message."

Ldr - Resignedly - "Roger, three Chinooks to join!"
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