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Those German controllers at Frankfurt Airport tend to be a short-tempered lot. They not only expect pilots to know their  parking location but how to get there without any assistance.

So it was with some amusement that we (PanAm 747) listened  to the following exchange between Frankfurt ground and a  British Airways 747 (radio call Speedbird 206) after landing.

Speedbird 206: "Good morning Frankfurt. Speedbird 206 clear to active."

Ground: "Good Morning. Taxi to your gate."

The British Airways 747 pulls onto the main taxiway and stops.

Ground: "Speedbird, do you know where you are going?"

Speedbird 206: "Stand by, ground. I'm looking up the gate location now."

Ground (impatiently): "Speedbird 206, have you never flown to Frankfurt before?"

Speedbird 206 (coolly), "Yes, in 1944. But I didn't stop."


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