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POLICE SPEED GUN V. RAF TORNADO!

#1
Don't know how true this is but it's worth sharing.

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Two British traffic patrol officers from North Berwick were involved in an unusual incident while checking for speeding motorists on the A1 Great Nort h Road . One of the officers used a hand-held radar device to check the speed of a vehicle approaching over the crest of a hill, and was surprised when the speed was recorded at over 300 mph. Their radar suddenly stopped working and the officers were not able to reset it.

Just then a deafening roar over the treetops revealed that the radar had in fact latched on to a RAF Tornado fighter jet which was engaged in a low-flying exercise over the Border district, approaching from the North Sea .

Back at police headquarters the chief constable fired off a stiff complaint to the RAF Liaison office.

Back came the reply in true laconic RAF style:

"Thank you for your message, which allows us to complete the file on this incident. You may be interested to know that the tactical computer in the Tornado 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 pilot flying the Tornado recognized the situation for what it was, quickly responded to the missile systems alert status, and was able to override the automated defence system before the missile was launched and your hostile radar installation was destroyed.
 
#4
Giancarlo_Badass said:
a RAF Tornado fighter jet which was engaged in a low-flying exercise over the Border district
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an air-to-ground missile aboard the fully-armed aircraft had also automatically locked onto your equipment.
:?: :?: :?:
 
#6
thats an old one, heard that years ago from a mate who's RMP and claimed he did it back in bosnia.

still, a classic. shame the plane didnt nuke the civvie plod wnakers
 
#9
The only true event which is even close to this was an incident in 1988 or 89, IIRC, when the Plod in the south-west (think Devon) videoed a Sea King flying under electricity cables between a pair of pylons close to a road, and reported it to us - MOD - as dangerous flying. They also leaked it to the meeja. We patiently explained to Inspector Knacker that it was a fully authorised and necessary training procedure. And it was hardly high speed - they were edging through, very carefully, at knots few, with everyone hanging out the doors checking they were clear.

The only twist was that the National Grid got in touch and asked us not to use that particular spot - they fully supported our training needs and had a particular interest in us NOT hitting their cables - but that particular stretch of cables was by bad luck rated as about the second or third most vulnerable part of the grid in terms of lack of redundancy routing... :oops:
 

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