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Way back in 1957, when I was an air traffic control trainee at RNZAF station Ohakea, I heard a Bristol freighter report: "We have just passed the Comet." ... then, a few seconds later, add: "The Comet was going the other way." ... (The humor relates to the lumbering Bristol compared to the sleek inbound RAF Comet.) -- Murray Clarkson More

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While threading my way through thunderstorms coming on shore from a rig in the Gulf of Mexico, I heard New Orleans ATC say, "Tell your boss I like his movies." ... After a short pause, I recognized the voice of Harrison Ford: "Thanks, and I like your radar vectors." -- Jim Borger More

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GCA Approach: "NXXXX, turn right one degree." ... NXXXX: "No can do." ... CGA Approach: "Well, then turn left two degrees, then right three degrees." -- Jack Dennehey More

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On a particularly stormy day in the Green Mountains of Vermont, I heard the following exchange between a flight on approach to BTV (Burlington, Vermont) and approach control. ... BTV approach: "NXXXAJ, how was the ride down?" ... NXXXAJ: "Rougher than a stucco bathtub." -- Andrew Walker More

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NY Center: "Jetsetter 123, got time for a quick question?" ... JS123: "Sure." ... NYC: "What's the service ceiling on that bird?" ... JS123: "FL 510." ... [A moment of silence followed.] ... Then someone asked: "Does that thing come with astronaut wings?" ... XY456: "Hey Center, what type of aircraft were you talking to?" ... NYC: "He's a G6." ... Some other regional jet driver then chimed in: "Man, I can't even afford a Pontiac G6." ... NYC had to apologize to Air Canada: "Sorry, guys. I was laughing so hard I missed you checking in." -- Jeremy King More

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40+ years ago, on a busy busy day in the Schenectady County Airport traffic pattern. An older WWII-era pilot owned a Stinson L5 that he used for a little instructing and light aerobatics. In the pattern on downwind, this exchange occurred. ... Tower: "Stinson N1234, do a 360 for spacing." ... N1234: "Vertical or horizontal?" -- Mark Wielt More

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A controller on an adjacent position had a VFR pop-up looking for advisories. Due to a familiar sounding call sign, he asked if the aircraft was a Skymaster, obviously thinking it was a Cessna 337. The pilot replied: "Heck, no. I'm a solo student." -- Derek Crane & Tim Shea More

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While flying from Henderson, Nevada to Ontario, California, I was receiving flight following from L.A. Center. In the middle of the desert, just southwest of Primm, Nevada, I heard a pilot initiate a call to Center with, "Excuse Me ... ." My ears perked up. The conversation was as follows: ... Pilot: "Excuse Me. Can you tell me why there are lighthouses in the middle of the desert?" ... Center: "Was that NXXXXX calling L.A. Center?" ... Pilot: "Yes, sir." ... Center: "Those are not lighthouses. They are solar electric plants. Consider yourself enlightened." -- Bob Hoffman More

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Back in the '60s, at TEB, a student on a cross-country got lost over eastern Pennsylvania and managed to come up on a New York Center frequency asking for help. When the controller asked for the pilot's name, he responded: "There is no pilot just me: Carlos." -- Ron Krantz More

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Heard over tower frequency at our local airport recently. Left me crying and difficult to talk on radio. ... Unknown aircraft: "Err Tower altimeter?" ... Tower: "Go ahead, Altimeter." -- Bob More