The real yarn

Discussion in 'Aviation' started by down_under, Mar 25, 2008.

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  1. I'll post this here as you fellas would be closer to the source and well may know the history behind my query. I have received the following:

    Two Hunter traffic patrol officers from Newcastle Local Area Command (LAC) were
    involved in an unusual incident while checking for speeding
    motorists on the F2 Freeway. One of the officers was using a
    hand-held radar device to check the speed of a vehicle approaching
    over the crest of a hill, and was surprised when a 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 RAAF Williamtown F/A 18 fighter jet which was
    engaged in a low-flying exercise over Wyong, approaching from the Ocean.
    Back at police headquarters the Local Area Commander fired off a stiff
    complaint to the RAAF Liaison officer at Williamtown.
    Back came the reply in true laconic RAAF 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 F/A 18 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 F/A 18 recognized the situation
    for what it was, quickly responded to the missile systems alert
    status, and was able to override the automated defense system before
    the missile was launched and your hostile radar installation was

    Thank you for your enquiry.

    Now, I have seen this story set in the UK and the US of A and now here in Oz. Does anyone know of the real yarn, if at all it happened. Cos I think next time I receive it it'll be set in Crapistan.
  2. I'm sure if you ask here they'll be able to tell you.