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posted 11-18-1999 05:10 PM     Profile for matttm   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message   Edit/Delete Post
Slighty off topic but interesting:

Subject: ..... Police Academy ???
Item in Berwickshire Gazette - November 11th 1998

A report has revealed that two traffic patrol officers from North Berwick
were involved in an unusual incident whilst checking for speeding motorists on the A1 road between Oldhamstocks and Grantshouse.

Last May, they were using a hand-held radar device to trap unwary motorists on the Ediinburgh to London trunk road. One of the unnamed officers used the device to check the
speed of an approaching vehicle, and was surprised to find that his
target had registered a speed in excess of 300 miles per hour. The ?5000 machine then seized up and could not be reset by the bemused PC's.

The radar had in fact latched on to a NATO Tornado aircraft over the North
Sea, which was taking part in a simulated low-flying exercise over the Borders and Southern Scotland. Following a complaint by Sir William Sutherland, Chief Constable of the Lothian & Borders Police force to the RAF liaison office, it was revealed that the officers had a lucky escape - the tactical
computer on board the aircraft not only detected and jammed the "hostile" radar equipment, but had automatically armed a Sidewinder air-to-ground
missile ready to neutralise the perceived threat. Luckily the Dutch pilot was alerted to the missile status and was able to override the automatic protection system before the missile launched. The Police have so far declined to comment, although it is understood that officers will be advised to point their radar guns inland in future.


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Lud von Pipper
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posted 11-18-1999 05:51 PM     Profile for Lud von Pipper   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message   Edit/Delete Post
Oh my, I really need one of those tactical
computers on my car!
Those pesky cops would think twice before showing up on my course

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posted 11-18-1999 09:13 PM     Profile for KMHPaladin   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message   Edit/Delete Post
Sidewinder "air-to-ground" missile? Hmmm...

- "The duty of the fighter pilot is to patrol his
area of the sky, and shoot down any enemy
fighters in that area. Anything else is rubbish."
Baron Manfred von Richthofen, 1917
- [email protected]

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posted 11-19-1999 02:29 PM     Profile for Stanley99     Send New Private Message   Edit/Delete Post
Maybe meant "Shrike" instead of "Sidewinder". From my experience, you can't trust newspapers when they write something about military stuff or weapons. Even with pictures, most times they get it wrong...


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posted 11-19-1999 02:35 PM     Profile for CFrancisco   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message   Edit/Delete Post
hhhhmmm reminds me of my younger days when my fellow military cadets and I wanted to put the radar dispersing camo netting on top of my car and speed down the highway at over 110 mph and see if it worked... LOL needless to say the netting never made it out of the driveway. (point to remember, make sure that the camo netting is not touching any wheels when backing out of the driveway) LOL
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