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Flying my 172 near McGuire Air Force Base on Sunday, VFR with flight following from McGuire Approach. Two Air Force DC-10 tankers were practicing approaches as I flew by, and I offered to climb to stay out of their way. The controller asked me to climb and maintain 2,500 feet.

Approach:
"TAC 1, turn left, heading 330. Intercept the ILS 24, maintain 2,000' until established. Traffic is a 172 above you at 2,500'. Caution: wake turbulence."

(Silence on the frequency. Did I hear right?)

TAC 1:
"Ahhh, Approach -- say again the traffic?"

Approach (a new voice) :
"TAC 1, disregard wake turbulence warning. Cleared for the approach."

Me in my 172:
"McGuire, 4RP. Why did you cancel the other guy's wake turbulence warning? You just made my day!"

Approach:
"Sorry about that, but I had to. I'm the only one here who can talk right now we're all laughing so hard!"


Rabbi Don Weber
Morganville, NJ


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