The other day I had a guy doing a BFR in a well known local plane and he kept calling out the tail numbers of every plane he had ever flown and had to be corrected by flight service. Embarrassing....
Then I started to think about the dumbest or weirdest call I had ever radioed....
It had to be the time I reported I was under missile attack...in a Cessna 172
I was on a ferry job from up here to Arizona. I was really tired and cruising north, north-west of Spokane's C airspace en-route to Cour-D-Alene Idaho. The sun was setting and I was at about 9,000 ft.
Suddenly I thought I saw a missile whip past the starboard side window leaving a smoke trail.
I had been on the Radio with Spokane Approach, so I mashed down the radio button and yelled that I was taking missile fire (not too long after 9-11) and that was taking evasive action.
Apparently I never let go of the radio button as I killed the power to reduce my heat signature and rolled over into a dive. Then I saw a second object heading up towards me streaming a smoke trail.
I aimed straight for it as it climbed my way and then I half barrel rolled off to one side as it passed me. I was later told that I was describing my maneuvers over the radio,,, which made the folks in App Control freak out.
I recovered from VNE speed down low and was zipping along through Spokane Class C airspace when the guy at App Control asked me to explain again what I saw.
After a minute or two he asked about the area I was over and finally said that there was a very large model rocket club in that area and they were supposed to call in for a TFR because they shot large model rockets that could go past 10,000ft. It later turned out that they decided to shoot a couple while I was directly over-head,,, probably so they could scare the crap out of me.
A few days later I had to transit back through that airspace and the folks at Spokane App Control asked if I was missile evasion dude? Rather embarrassing...