Two Texas Highway Patrol Officers were conducting speeding enforcement on Hwy 77, just south of Kingsville, Tx.
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 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 USMC F/A-18 Hornet which was engaged in a low flying exercise near it’s Naval Air home base location in Kingsville TX.
Back at the Texas Highway Patrol Headquarters in Corpus Christi the Patrol
Captain fired off a complaint to the US Naval Base Commander in Kingsville for
shutting down his equipment.
The reply came back in true USMC style:
‘Thank you for your letter….
You may be interested to know that the tactical
computer in the Hornet had detected the presence of,
and subsequently locked onto, 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’s 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 on the side of Hwy 77 So. of Kingsville …
The pilot 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.’