Friday, May 06, 2011

Careful where you point that radar gun

Two Texas Highway Patrol Officers were conducting speeding enforcement on Highway 77, just south of Kingsville, Texas.

One was using a hand-held radar gun and was surprised when it started to read 300 miles per hour and climbing. He tried to reset the radar gun, but it suddenly turned off.

A deafening roar overhead revealed why: he had locked on to a US F/A-18 Hornet on a low-flying exercise near its Naval Air base.
The Texas Patrol Captain fired off a complaint to the US Naval Base Commander for shutting down his equipment.

Here's the reply: Thank you for your letter....

You may be interested to know that the tactical computer in the Hornet had detected the presence of, and subsequently locked on to, your hostile radar equipment and automatically sent a jamming signal back to it, which is why it shut down.

Furthermore, an Air-to-Ground missile aboard the fully armed aircraft had also automatically locked on to your equipment's location.

Fortunately, the Marine Pilot flying the Hornet recognized the situation for what it was, quickly responded to the missile system alert status and was able to override the automated defense system before the missile was launched to destroy the hostile radar position on the side of Hwy 77 So. of Kingsville ...

The pilot suggests you cover your mouths when cussing at them, since the video systems on these jets are very high tech.


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