In addition to communicating with the local Air Traffic Control facility, all aircraft in the Persian Gulf AOR are required to give the Iranian Air Defense Radar (military) a ten minute "heads up" if they will be transiting Iranian airspace.
The following conversation was heard on the VHF Guard (emergency) frequency 121.5 MHz.
Iranian Air Defense Radar: "Unknown aircraft you are in Iranian airspace. Identify yourself."
US Aircraft: "This is a United States aircraft. I am in Iraqi airspace. "
Air Defense Radar: "You are in Iranian airspace. If you do not depart our airspace we will launch interceptor aircraft! "
US Aircraft: "This is a United States Marine Corps FA-18 fighter. Send 'em up,...I'll wait. "
Air Defense Radar: (total silence)
WARMS MY HEART......