Two California Highway Patrol Officers were conducting speeding
enforcement on I-15, just north of the Marine Corps Air Station at
Miramar. One of the officers was using a hand held radar device to
check speeding vehicles approaching the crest of a hill.
The officers were suddenly surprised when the radar gun began reading
300 miles per hour. The officer attempted to reset the radar gun, but
it would not reset and then turned off. Just then a deafening roar
over the treetops revealed that the radar had in fact locked on to a
USMC F/A-18 Hornet which was engaged in a low flying exercise near the
Back at the CHPs Headquarters the Patrol Captain fired off a complaint
to the USMC Base Commander.
The reply came back in true USMC style: "Thank you for your letter.
We can now complete the file on this incident. You may be interested
to know that the tactical computer in the Hornet 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 also automatically locked on to your equipment location.
Fortunately, the Marine Pilot 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.
The pilot also suggests you cover your mouths when cussing at them,
since the video systems on these jets are very high tech. Sergeant
Johnson, the officer holding the radar gun, should get his dentist to
check his left rear molar. It appears the filling is loose. Also, the
snap is broken on his holster.
Thank you for your concern."