greater friend, no worse enemy."
mph and climbing
Texas Highway Patrol Officers were conducting speeding enforcement
on Hwy 77, just south of Kingsville, Texas.
One of the officers was using a hand held radar device to check speeding
vehicles approaching the town of Kingsville. The officers were suddenly
surprised when the radar gun began reading 100...141...300 miles per
hour and climbing.
The officer attempted to reset the radar gun, but it would not reset
and then it suddenly turned off.
Just then a deafening roar over the mesquite treetops on Hwy 77 revealed
that the radar had in fact locked on to a U.S. Marine Corps F/A-18
Hornet, which was engaged in a low flying exercise near this, it's
Naval Air Base home location, in Kingsville.
Marine Corps F/A-18 Hornet from Marine Fighter Attack Squadron
Back at the Texas Highway Patrol Headquarters in Corpus Christi, the
Patrol Captain fired off a complaint to the U.S. Naval Air Base Commander
in Kingsville for shutting down his equipment.
A reply came back in the finest tradition of the Corps.
you for your letter!
You may be interested to know that the tactical computer in our Hornet
aircraft had detected the presence of, and subsequently locked on
to, your hostile radar equipment and automatically sent a jamming
signal back to it, which is why it shut down.
Furthermore, an Air-to-Ground missile aboard the fully armed aircraft
had automatically locked on to your equipment's location.
Fortunately, the Marine officer flying the Hornet recognized the situation
for what it was, quickly responded to the missile system alert status,
and was able to override the automated defense system before the missile
was launched to destroy the hostile radar position on the side of
Hwy 77 south of Kingsville.
Also, our pilots suggest that your patrol officers cover their mouths
when cussing at them, since the video systems on these jets are very
high-tech and sensitive.
Sergeant Johnson, the officer holding the radar gun, should get his
dentist to check his left rear molar. It appears the filling is loose.
the snap is broken on his holster.
Semper Fi." --