While some will doubt this story, and perhaps rightly so, it is just too good not to be told, true or not. All commercial aircraft are required to give Iranian Air Defense Radar a ten-minute warning before transiting the Iranian airspace. The common procedure entails giving the Iranians call sign, transponder code, type aircraft, and points of origin and destination.
While monitoring the emergency frequency 121.5 Mhz on his flight from Europe to Dubai, one of the pilots overheard the following conversation.
Air Defense Radar: “Unknown aircraft at (location unknown), you are
in Iranian airspace. Identify yourself.”
Aircraft: “This 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!”
Aircraft: “This is a United States fighter. Send ’em up!”
Air Defense Radar: (no response … total silence)