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
which was engaged in a low flying exercise near the
Back at the CHP Headquarters the Patrol Captain fired off
complaint to the USMC Base Commander. The reply came back
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
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
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.
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