Monday, November 12, 2007

Under the Radar.

Here's an unusual reader's story:

Two traffic patrol officers from North Berwick were involved in an unusual incident, while checking for speeding motorists on the A-1 Great North Road.

One of the officers (who are not named) 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 300mph. The machine then stopped working and the officers were not able to reset it.

The radar had in fact latched on to a NATO Tornado fighter jet over the North Sea, which was engaged in a low-flying exercise over the Border district.

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 automatically locked on to your 'hostile radar equipment' and sent a jamming signal back to it.

Furthermore, the Sidewinder Air-to-ground missiles aboard the fully-armed aircraft had also locked on to the target. Fortunately the Dutch pilot flying the Tornado responded to the missile status alert intelligently and was able to override the automatic protection system before the missile was launched".

6 comments:

Anonymous said...

Marvellous! There are probably a few motorists who might wish the Dutch pilot had not been so quick to overide.

Anonymous said...

anon again!

Typical, the R.A.F. missed a brilliant chance of 'Destroying a Public Enemy'.
Shame on you!

Anonymous said...

It's a delicious story, but (very) sadly, it's not true.

Apart from some obvious factual errors (Sidewinders are air-to-air, heat seeking missiles, not air-to-ground radar seeking), it's been doing the rounds for quite a few years in various versions.

My favourite true story (if the Daily Express is to be believed) is the prison where they give pole-vaulting lessons. Why stop there? Tunnelling and rope-making might be good activities too.

Enjoy it here;

http://www.dailyexpress.co.uk/posts/view/24035

Regards
Ewen Cameron

Anonymous said...

Oh, and this one from Aviation.net (which I suspect Simon will enjoy);

This one happened in Frankfurt.

US-Airforce C-130: TWR tell 747 in front of us to call us on 123.45
TWR: XX777 would you mind calling C-130 on 123.45?
xx777: Sorry TWR, we do not talk on 123.45, we are professional pilots
US-Airforce C-130: OK, TWR tell those professional pilots they still have the gear pins in!

Regards
Ewen

Anonymous said...

What a pity it's not true! Still, it makes amusing reading and gives some relief to those who have been caught by the dratted speed detectors at some time or another.

Jamming device with missiles attached - Oh to have such a useful accessory fitted to my SEAT Ibiza!

BTW did anybody see Dispatches on Channel 4 last night (Monday) talking about gridlocked roads. Looks lilke road tolls are the coming thing and we're going to be softened up first by having slightly more tolerant parking wardens, handing out friendly advice rather than tickets. Be warned, wardens who have been to charm school today could mean more taxes tomorrow!

Nick, Whitstable

Anonymous said...

I caght the repeat of it on C4+1, Nick. Very thought provoking. One thing that came over loud and clear is that people just don't trust the government on keeping road pricing revenue-neutral.

My jaw dropped at Westminster's £41m annual revenue for parking fines. Thanet's entire revenue from parking and fines combined is a mere £0.9m!

Regards

Ewen Cameron