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Old 02-11-2008, 08:53 PM   #1
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Don't know if this is true or not but funny to read.

Two California Highway Patrol Officers were conducting speeding enforcement on I-15, North of MCAS Miramar. One of the officers was using a hand held radar device to check speeding vehicles approaching near the crest of a hill. The officers were suddenly surprised when the radar gun began reading 400 miles per hour.

The officer attempted to reset the radar gun, but it would not reset and turned off. Just then a deafening roar over the treetops revealed that the radar had in fact locked onto a USMC F/A-18 Hornet which was engaged in a low flying exercise near the location.

Back at the CHP Headquarters the Patrol Captain fired off a complaint to the USMC Base Commander. Back came a reply in true USMC style:

Thank you for the message, which allows us to complete the file on this incident. You may be interested to know that the tactical computer in the Hornet had detected the presence of, and subsequently locked onto your hostile radar equipment and automatically sent a jamming signal back to it.

Furthermore, an air to ground missile aboard the fully armed aircraft had also automatically locked onto your equipment. 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 and your hostile radar was destroyed.

Thank you for your concerns.
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Old 02-11-2008, 09:05 PM   #2
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I thought it was funny too, but false according to snopes.

http://www.snopes.com/horrors/techno/radar.asp
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Old 02-12-2008, 04:18 PM   #3
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Only a cop would be dumb enough to complain to a Marine!
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Old 02-12-2008, 04:33 PM   #4
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I agree about complaining to a Marine!

I was fishing the Laguna Madre one summer and two Black Hawk Helicopters came barreling in at low altitude(20ft!) and buzzed us. At first I thought they were practicing a straffing run, but it turns out they were looking for schooling redfish for when they got off work. My ex BIL said they scope out the fishermen all the time down there to save time in finding fish.
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