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  • A Very Close Call...

    This from "New Scientist", 17 Feb, 1996:

    "Target practice

    A GOOD story deserves a good airing. What follows was spotted in Bike magazine, which had spotted it in Pilot magazine. Two members of the Lothian and Borders traffic police were recently having a pleasant time out on the Scottish moors, trapping speeding motorists with a radar gun. Suddenly their equipment went crazy, registering a speed of over 300 miles per hour. It then locked up completely. Seconds later the startled boys in blue understood why, as a low-flying Harrier jet screamed over their heads. Upset that their radar gun had been broken, the policemen put in a complaint to the Royal Air Force-only to discover that the damage could easily have been much worse. The RAF informed them that the Harrier's target-seeker had locked on to what it had interpreted as enemy radar. This immediately triggered an automatic air-to-surface missile attack. Fortunately for the two policemen, the Harrier was operating unarmed."


    [email protected] "Where there is love, there is no imposition"- Albert Einstien.

  • #2
    Originally posted by blondie72:
    This immediately triggered an automatic air-to-surface missile attack.
    I've heard of Cops being out gunned before, but, a missle attack....Talk about a shots fired call...

    Walk slow, Talk low, and Don't say Too Much.

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    • #3
      Let's hope that type of radar detector doesn't catch on around here.

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      • #4
        Urban legend which has been going around for years. First, traffic radar is a different frequency band than antiaircraft radar. Second, antiradar missiles do not automatically launch themselves. They must be commanded to launch by the pilot.

        Funny story, but just a story.

        [ 03-07-2002: Message edited by: ateamer ]
        Government is not the solution to our problem; government is the problem. - Ronald Reagan

        I don't think It'll happen in the US because we don't trust our government. We are a country of skeptics, raised by skeptics, founded by skeptics. - Amaroq

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        • #5
          Thanks for clearing up that little situation before you guys start a war.
          Stay safe and watch your back. Survived Katrina. Now a Official member of the Chocolate City Police.

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          • #6
            It's an urban legend? Aww....poop. You'd think if it was in New Scientist, it would be accurate.

            Thanks for clearing that up, Ateamer. Even if it did bum me out a bit.
            [email protected] "Where there is love, there is no imposition"- Albert Einstien.

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            • #7
              hmmm...

              I doubt the military has their radars set to X, K or Ka radar band....

              Before you know it... our Lidars will be attracting infrared smart bombs... thank goodness it's going be the speed violator that gets 'painted' by the laser

              He'll never speed again

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              • #8
                You took the words right out of my mouth!
                Sincerely,

                Jeffrey

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