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Kaelin  (Level: 49.2 - Posts: 1685)
Sun, 27th Jan '08 6:37 PM


I've PERSONALLY never gotten a speeding ticket - but got this from a friend today - and could not help but laughing - I've heard many stories from friends who swear that they were caught by faulty equipment - MOST of them I believe - which is why I found this so amusing

Speed trap? What do you think?

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 300+ 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 Highly Trained 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.

Smokydevil  (Level: 163.0 - Posts: 5381)
Sun, 27th Jan '08 6:40 PM


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