The Rare Norm a few months ago Share Tweet Pin Share Here’s the script. Rich talking to ATC. First recording: Rich: …Some gas to go check out the Olympics and errr, yeah. Air traffic controller (ATC): Ok and Rich, do you know, are you able to tell what altitude you are at? Rich: Yeah that’s all mumbo… I have no idea what all that means, I wouldn’t know how to punch it in. I’m off autopilot. (Inaudible) Plane attempts to slow fast-moving ‘Holy Fire’ raging across California mountains Rich: You taking me to the jets? ATC: Nah I’m not taking you to any jets, I’m actually keeping you away from aircraft that are trying to land at Sea-Tac. Rich: Oh ok yeah I don’t wanna screw with that. I’m glad you’re not, you know, screwing up everyone else’s day on account of me ATC: (Inaudible) Can we just shut down? Rich: I’m down to 21 hundred, I started like 30 something. ATC: Rich you said you had 2,100 pounds of fuel left? Rich: Yeah I don’t know what the burnage… burnout… is like on take-off, but yeah it’s burned quite a bit faster than I expected. ATC: (Inaudible) Rich: Ah man those guys would rough me up if I tried landing that. I think I might mess something up there too. I wouldn’t want to do that. I’ll hopefully… Oh they’ve probably got anti-aircraft!” ATC: No they don’t have any of that stuff. We’re just trying to find a place for you to land safely. Rich: Yeah I’m not quite ready to bring it down just yet, but holy smokes I’ve got to stop looking at the fuel because it’s going down quick. ATC: Ok Rich if you could, could you start a left-hand turn, and we’ll take you down to the southeast please. Rich: This is probably like jail time for life, huh? I mean I would hope it is for a guy like me. Second recording: Rich: Hey, you think if I land this successfully (inaudible) would give me a job as a pilot? ATC: You know I think they would give you a job doing anything if you can pull this off. Rich: Yeeeeahhh right! Nah I’m a white guy… (audio cuts). Third recording: ATC: If you wanted to land, probably the best bet is that runway just ahead and to your left. Again that’s McChord field, um, if you wanted to try that might be the best way to set up and see if you can land there, or just like the pilot suggests another option would be over Puget Sound into the water. Rich: Dang, you talk to McChord yet? Because I don’t think I’d be happy with you telling me I could land like that, because I could mess stuff up. ATC: Well Rich I already spoke to ‘em and just like me, what we want to see is you not get hurt or anybody else get hurt, so like I said if you want to try to land that’s probably the best place to go. Rich: Hey I want the coordinates of that orca, with err, you know the mama orca with the baby, I wanna go see that guy.