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Back when I was a student pilot in Navy Flight School, I was flying solo along the beach, conducting precision aerobatics practice. As I finished a barrel roll and set up for a loop, I heard a student-and-instructor aircraft check in to the area, and the exchange went like this. ... Instructor: "Solo aircraft 123, was that you that just did the barrel roll and loop?" ... Me (half-expecting an observed critique from the instructor): "Solo 123. Affirmative." ... Instructor: "Solo 123, I have a FAM-1 [new student] here that wants to be just like you when he grows up!" ... Me: "Roger that." ... as I pulled a victorious aileron roll! -- Greg Cole More

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A NASA T-38 flown by an astronaut was taxiing to the FBO when he turned into a private hangar's parking area. Ground control rerouted him to the FBO, and the pilot thanked him and said: "It is so hard to find your way down here on Earth." -- Gib Satterwhite More

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When I was a controller in south Texas, a Piper Tripacer called me in the tower asking to transition through the airspace. ... Me: "Piper 123, squawk 4352." ... Tripacer: "What's that, tower?" ... Me: "Piper 123, squawk 4352." ... Tripacer: "Tower, I don't understand you." ... Me: "Piper 123, your transponder code: 4352. Do you have a transponder on board?" ... Tripacer: "No, just me and the wife." ... Me: "Piper 123, transition approved." -- Grant Shinn More

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No doubt about it, Red Sox fans, Boston loves baseball! And here's a NOTAM to prove it: ... !FDC 5/2196 BOS STAR GENERAL EDWARD LAWRENCE LOGAN INTL, BOSTON, MA / QUABN THREE ARRIVAL... / ALL TRANSITIONS, ATC MAY ASSIGN HOLDING AT ONDEC (ON-DECK) AS DEPICTED ON CHART. EXPECT DIRECT UROWT (YOUR-OUT) AND TO RESUME THE QUABN STAR WHEN CLEARED FROM HOLD -- Don Desfosse More

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Here's a funny exchange I heard on the radio. ... Cessna Pilot (sounding like a nervous newbie): "Charlotte Approach, Cessna 12345 at 5,000. Would like to descend to 7,000." ... Charlotte Approach:"Cessna 12345, I think you mean you'd like to climb to 7,000." ... Cessna Pilot: "Uh, sorry. I'm still a new instrument pilot." ... Charlotte Approach (chuckling): "Cessna 12345, climb and maintain 7,000." ... Other Pilot on Frequency: "Approach, maybe he was upside-down." ... Laughter on the frequency. -- Rob More

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At San Carlos Airport, there is a lot of pilot training that occurs, so it is common to hear interesting radio calls. ... One day, a helicopter pilot reported to the tower: "We're with you at 700 feet." ... but did not provide a location. ... The tower controller responded: "If I were in the airplane with you, where would I be?" -- Herb Patten More

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Flying from Boeing Field in Seattle to the San Juan Islands, I was monitoring the departure frequency when I heard a pilot report that he'd seen an eagle near the inbound course to 12 right at BFI. An unknown pilot asked: "What was he squawking?" -- Ed Griswold (Griz) More

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I just started flying my new-to-me Corby Starlet (only four flying in the U.S.A!), and on my first trip into Santa Rosa, California, STS, a KingAir pilot at the hold line asked the tower: "What is that little plane that just landed?" ... She came back: "I'll have him tell us." ... My response was: "N8I Charlie Charlie -- an Australian-designed wood-fabric with VW power and 18-foot wingspan." ... When it was my turn to take off, the tower operator said: "'Charlie' is short for 'Charles,' and because you are so small, your call sign should be N81 Chuck Chuck." ... That was what she used for my call sign -- and I still use it! -- Lee Beery (a.k.a. Harry Landing) More

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A while back, a controller at RDU International spoke in a robotic Cylon voice, using all official phraseology including "tree" and "fife" for "3" and "5." We though he was trying to show everyone up and be a model of correctness. ... One night, I was practicing instrument approaches with a safety pilot, and that controller called us with a familiar warning: "N1234A, be advised of a similar sounding call sign, N1234B." ... He gave the other aircraft a similar call, then promptly gave me an instruction with the wrong call sign. ... I wasn't completely sure, so I didn't respond. The other aircraft didn't either. ... After a pregnant pause, the controller called me with the correct N-number: "Did I use the wrong call sign?" ... Whereby I responded: "Yes. Yes, sir, you did." ... He broke his robotic cadence into a friendly whine: "Awwwwwwww, I hate it when I do that." ... We felt vindicated! -- Dan K. More

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On approach last week to an Eastern North Carolina airport, we heard a Piper J-3 announce: "Taking off on runway 23." ... Followed shortly afterward by: "Headed toward the coast." ... We then asked: "East or West Coast?" -- Robert Schellenberg More