Old British Airline Pilot Silences Snappy German ATC–PRICELESS
An Oldie But A Goodie.
There are many stories that have withstood the test of time. In the world of aviation that holds especially true and in this case, we’re sure glad it did.
We’ve heard this one a bunch of times, but if you haven’t, strap in and try to picture it. We did and it makes this even funnier.
The version of the story we heard was that a Pan American flight was listening to this exchange and it was them who leaked it. According to them, these are the COMs they overheard between the air traffic controller and a British Airways flight, call sign Speedbird 206.
Speedbird 206: Frankfurt, Speedbird 206 clear of active runway.
ATC: Speedbird 206. Taxi to gate Alpha One-Seven.
BA 747 pulled onto the main taxiway and slowed to a stop.
ATC: Speedbird, do you not know where you are going?
Speedbird 206: Stand by, Ground, I’m looking up our gate location now.
ATC (annoyed): Speedbird 206, have you not been to Frankfurt before?
Speedbird 206 (nonchalantly): “Yes, twice in 1944, but it was dark though… and I wasn’t landing.
We’re sure that after this exchange of words the air traffic controller chose his words carefully. You never know who you’re going to run into and in this case, he ran into the wrong guy.