Speedbird Jokes

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    (source: Rex Loring, former RAF pilot)
    Air-to-ground conversation involving BOAC pilot approaching Karachi
    (Pakistan) International Airport:
    Pilot: Speedbird 7-0-7 here. Request permission to land on runway 42-
    Left.
    Tower: Sorry, Speedbird 7-0-7. Runway 42-Left is closed. There was an
    unfortunate incident yesterday. But you are cleared for landing on runway
    19-Right.
    Pilot: Roger Karachi tower. Proceeding on approach pattern.
    [As the pilot enters final approach, he is appalled to see a 747 taking
    off from that runway and heading straight at him. After taking violent
    evasive action, the conversation resumes]
    Pilot: Karachi Tower. What is going on ?? You cleared me for landing
    on runway 19-Right, but there was another plane taking off from there !!!
    Tower: Oh dear. I do hope we will not have a repeat of yesterday.

    The following is supposedly a true story. To be included, besides being true, the story is most likely strange, weird, surprising, or funny.The German controllers at Frankfurt Airport were a short-tempered lot. They not only expected you to know your parking location but how to get there without any assistance from them. So it was with some amusement that we (PanAm 747) listened to the following exchange between Frankfurt ground and a British Airways 747 (radio call Speedbird 206) after landing. Speedbird 206: "Good morning Frankfurt, Speedbird 206 clear of the active." Ground: "Good Morning, taxi to your gate." The British Airways 747 pulls onto the main taxiway and stops. Ground: "Speedbird, do you not know where you are going?" Speedbird 206: "Stand by, ground, I'm looking up the gate location now." Ground (impatiently): "Speedbird 206, have you never flown to Frankfurt before?" Speedbird 206 (coolly): "Yes, in 1944. But I more...

    Allegedly the German air controllers at Frankfurt Airport are renowned as a short-tempered lot. They, it is alleged, not only expect one to know one's gate parking location, but how to get there without any assistance from them. So it was with some amusement that we (a Pan Am 747) listened to the following exchange between Frankfurt ground control and a British Airways 747, call sign Speedbird 206. Speedbird 206: "Frankfurt, Speedbird 206 clear of active runway." Ground: "Speedbird 206. Taxi to gate Alpha One-Seven." The BA 747 pulled onto the main taxiway and slowed to a stop. Ground: "Speedbird, do you not know where you are going?" Speedbird 206: "Stand by, Ground, I'm looking up our gate location now." Ground (with quite arrogant impatience): "Speedbird 206, have you not been to Frankfurt before?" Speedbird 206 (coolly): "Yes, twice in 1944, but it was dark,...... and I didn't land."

    The German controllers at Frankfurt Airport were short-tempered. They not only expected you to know your parking location, but how to get there without any assistance from them. So, it was with some amusement that we (PanAm 747) listened to the following exchange between Frankfurt ground and a British Airways 747 (Speedbird).

    Speedbird: "Good morning Frankfurt, Speedbird 206 clear of the active."

    Ground: "Guten morgan. Taxi to your gate." The BA 747 pulls onto the main taxiway and stops.

    Ground: "Speedbird, do you not know where you are going?"

    Speedbird: "Standby ground, I'm looking up the gate location now."

    Ground (with typical German impatience): "Speedbird 206, have you never been to Frankfurt before?"

    Speedbird (cooly): "Yes, in 1944, but I didn't stop.

    The German controllers at Frankfurt Airport were often short-tempered. They not only expected you to know your parking location but how to get there without any assistance from them. So it was with some amusement that we (PanAm 747) listened to the following exchange between Frankfurt ground and a British Airways 747 (radio call Speedbird 206) after landing. Speedbird 206: "Good morning Frankfurt, Speedbird 206 clear of the active." Ground: "Guten morgan, taxi to your gate." The British Airways 747 pulls onto the main taxiway and stops. Ground: "Speedbird, do you not know where you are going?" Speedbird 206: "Stand by, ground, Im looking up the gate location now." Ground (with typical German impatience): "Speedbird 206, have you never flown to Frankfurt before?" Speedbird 206 (coolly): "Yes, in 1944. But I didnt stop."

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