Theo Spark: Actual exchanges between pilots and control towers………………

A Pan Am 727 flight, waiting for start clearance in Munich , overheard the following:

Lufthansa (in German): “Ground, what is our start clearance time?”

Ground (in English): “If you want an answer you must speak in English.”

Lufthansa (in English): “I am a German, flying a German airplane, in Germany . Why must I speak English?”

Unknown voice from another plane (in a beautiful British accent):

“Because you lost the bloody war!”

via Theo Spark: Actual exchanges between pilots and control towers……………….

This list has been making the rounds since AOL was the only way to get on the internet. Still funneh.

5 thoughts on “Theo Spark: Actual exchanges between pilots and control towers………………”

  1. My favorite is the Frankfurt one. “Yes, twice in 1944, but it was dark, — And I didn’t land.”

    I’d heard something like that before, but can’t remember it.

  2. The groundspeed check with the SR-71 is one of my favorites. Another is the one about Chicago O’Hare telling a Delta Airlines flight to pick up the speed. “This ain’t Atlanta, and those aren’t grits on the ground.”

  3. Our crews always loved flying into Hickam (Honolulu). The ATC guy would announce himself as “Honoruru.” Naturally, we had to ask him to “say again, please.” At least 3 times!

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