Speeding Ticket

Discussion in 'Off-Topic Chat' started by MRSH, Dec 4, 2007.

  1. MRSH

    MRSH Supporting Member

    Top 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 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 NATO Tornado fighter jet 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 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 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 Tornado recognized the situation for what it was, quickly responded to the missile systems alert status, and was able to override the automated defence system before the missile was launched and your hostile radar installation was destroyed.

    Good Day..."
  2. brassneck

    brassneck Active Member

  3. DannyCollin

    DannyCollin Member

    OHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH pleaseeeeeeeeee he should have pulled that trigger, then said it was friendly fire ;)
  4. Bass Man

    Bass Man Active Member

    I've heard of this before, really great stuff :clap::clap:
  5. Daniel Sheard

    Daniel Sheard Member

  6. brassneck

    brassneck Active Member

  7. James Yelland

    James Yelland Active Member

    It's an old story. Local newspaper hacks just substitute the police force/county/road/type of aircraft twiddle the details a bit and hey presto! a 'new' old story, relevant to their readers, which is probably apocryphal anyway. As this letter, published in today's Daily Telegraph demonstrates:

    Sir - Regarding the increasing amount the Government is receiving from speeding tickets, I found a report in my local newspaper of interest.

    Norfolk Constabulary was apparently conducting revenue collection when a fighter from a local airbase came over the horizon. The camera, to the joy of the officers, registered 300mph. However, the camera could not be reset and stopped working, thereby denying further revenue collection. The Chief Constable was not pleased and fired off a missive to the RAF, pointing out that targets had to be met. The RAF replied that the radar gun had been identified by the approaching Tornado aircraft as hostile and it sent a jamming signal back to it. At the same time the sidewinder missile was primed for launch. Fortunately, or unfortunately, depending on your point of view, the pilot overrode the automatic protection system before launch.

    A few more fighter aircraft in the vicinity of speed camera sites might be interesting with regard to targets and revenue collection.

    Michael Holmes, Old Catton, Norfolk

    Still funny though.
    Last edited: Dec 5, 2007