For those of you who have never filed a military flight plan, they don't require all
the same information as a civilian flight plan, but for this story the only important
block we don't have is the one asking for aircraft color.
We were a flight of 6 Army helicopters on a cross country flight in California.
Along the route the weather changed and we were forced to amend our flight plan with the
FSS. The lead aircraft was manned by an instructor and a new pilot (lieutenant, not that
it matters). The instructor decided that it would be good practice for the new pilot to
talk to the FSS and do a change to the flight plan. The lieutenant contacted the FSS and
confidently passed all the information required on a military flight plan. Then the
following was heard:
FSS: "R12345 good copy. State number onboard and color.
R12345: "Roger Ma'am, two people on the first aircraft, one black and
one white, the rest each have two people, all white."
We are still trying to figure out who was laughing the hardest, those of us in the
flight or the lady at the FSS.
--Randy Kirgiss, firstname.lastname@example.org
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