The Fascinating True Story Of Why Aviators Say “Roger That”

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You’ve heard the two words in dozens of war films. And their usage was even parodied in the 1980 comic masterpiece Airplane! – when Leslie Nielsen’s hapless Dr. Rumack gets his “Rogers” in a tangle. But why is it that pilots and others speaking on two-way radios utter the phrase “Roger that?”

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