My boss often forwards along to me interesting little tidbits he gets. Here's the one he just sent me. I don't know if it's true or not, but it's funny enough to brighten a dreary, rainy Monday morning.
The conversation went like this...
Iranian Air Defense Radar: "Unknown aircraft you are in Iranian airspace. Identify yourself."
Aircraft: "This is a United States aircraft. I am in Iraqi airspace."
Iranian Air Defense Radar: "You are in Iranian airspace. If you do not depart our airspace we will launch interceptor aircraft!"
Aircraft: "This is a United States Marine Corps F/A-18 fighter. Send 'em up, I'll wait!"
Iranian Air Defense Radar: ......... (no response .... total silence) .........
Almost definitely apocryphal, but still funny.
For those of you wondering, this is an F/A-18C (probably), although it's (probably) a Navy Hornet and not a Marine one, but they look pretty much the same:
Loaded for bear the pylons under it's wings will carry six missiles and, when those run out, it has a 20mm cannon. It's a pretty formidable foe (and when one's about, you can be sure there's at least one more lurking around).