THIS FOR A SPEEDING TICKET
Two British traffic patrol officers from North Berwick
were involved in an unusual incident while checking for
speeding motorists on the A1 Great North 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 then 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 an RAF's 'Tornado' jet
fighter, 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 about the wrecked radar equipment 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 detected the presence
of, and subsequently locked onto, your radar equipment, and
automatically sent a jamming signal back to it. Furthermore,
an air-to-ground missile aboard the fully-armed aircraft
also automatically locked onto your equipment. Fortunately
the pilot flying the Tornado recognized the situation, and
was able to override the automated defence system before the
missile was launched.
Have a good day."
Submitted by Brian J. via Susan