Posted on Businessballs.com from S. Smith, Nov 2009:
I was working local control for the runway 25’s at LAX one afternoon and a pilot reported a ‘flock of seagulls’ on final approach. Without hesitation, I replied, "Was that the band or the birds?" I got absolutely no response from the pilot… I guess not everyone has a sense of humor!
Or maybe not everyone is a fan of 80s music… To further jog any memories (Also posted on Businessballs.com from J. Douglass, Nov 2009):
Pilot: "Boeing Tower, Cessna 761 Uniform Alpha for a Mercer Departure at Alpha Niner with information X-Ray."
Tower: "Cessna 761 Uniform Alpha cleared for takeoff, runway 13 right, fly the Mercer departure."
Pilot: "Cessna 761 Uniform Alpha cleared for takeoff, is rolling."
45 seconds later…
Co-Pilot: "Boeing tower, please be advised, there is a flock of seagulls near the south end of runway 13 right at 400 ft."
Tower: (singing) "And I ran, I ran so far away… I just ran, I ran all night and day… I had to get away.."
Pilot: "Cessna 761 Uniform Alpha has humor…"
Tower: (hysterical laughter)
Specifically and for pilots not familiar with 80s music, the lyric is from the following chorus of the 1982 hit song “I ran” by A Flock of Seagulls: