Short Final: Mistaken Identity


I was flying south over a water route just off the East Coast nearing Washington, D.C., when a Baron called ATC and this was the exchange.

Baron: “Washington Center, what were those aircraft that just went by me? It was a group of some kind of fighters.”

Center: “Oh, those. Yes, that was a flight of four F‑15s.”

New Voice: “Approach, I hate to correct you but that flight was four U.S. Navy Super Hornets, not those F‑15s.”

Center: “Sorry, Navy. I quickly read the aircraft type and thought it was F‑15.”

Navy: “No, we are a heck of a lot better than those guys!”

Marc Delude
Bluffton, SC