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Old 01-26-2009, 01:27 PM   #1
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I don't know if this is a true story so before you start I admitt I don't know


Two California Highway Patrol Officers were conducting speeding enforcement on I-15, just north of the Marine Corps Air Station at Miramar . One of the officers was using a hand held radar device to check speeding vehicles approaching 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 then turned off.

Just then a deafening roar over the treetops revealed that the radar had in fact locked on to a USMC F/A-18 Hornet (Northrop Grumman aircraft) 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. The reply came back in true USMC style:

~ ~ ~

Thank you for your letter. We can now 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 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 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.

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

Sergeant Johnson, the officer holding the radar gun, should get his dentist to check his left rear molar. It appears the filling is loose. Also, the snap is broken on his holster.

Thank you for your concern.

Semper Fi

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Old 01-26-2009, 04:05 PM   #2
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Check it out at http://www.snopes.com/horrors/techno/radar.asp.

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Old 01-26-2009, 04:13 PM   #3
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I hate to tell you but according to Snopes, this is totally false. I saw this same thing via an EMail that I received a year or so back and went to Snopes to determine the validity. Opps-----actually, the orgional came out of Britan about 4 years ago and someone just changed the wording to make it sound as a U.S. happening.

So sorry to bust the bubble on this one.

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Aw, come on folks. Never let the facts get in the way of a good story.
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Old 01-27-2009, 04:05 AM   #5
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That's a different version than I received via email a few years ago-still funny.
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Hey, it could happen, I guess. Even if it couldn't, it's a funny story!

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Aw, come on folks. Never let the facts get in the way of a good story
Now THAT sounds a lot like my boss.
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Well, let's think about it. The IFF signal on the jet got a bad guy reading??????

Hay, I'm with everyone else. Why let a few small facts detour a good story.
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I've had Airforce jets fly very low and very fast directly overhead on Highway 58 near Edwards. One timed a 90 approach just perfectly and almost blew me off the road, or at least it felt like it. The other got me on the way to Tehachapi, he was following the curving road low and fast. Any radar could have picked them up but you better be fast.

So feasible it is but the CHP knows that too.
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If anyone cares the FA18 was built by Macdonald Douglas Aircraft Co. now a div.of Boeing Corp.
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How do we know Snopes isn't lying??? Who checks them out??

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