Speed Cameras

I got the following article from my Regimental Association’s forum, it might be quite old so if you have seen it before my apologies - if you havent seen it before then here you go:

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

as much as i want that to be true i’m sure its an urban myth. Still brilliant though

I can’t believe that but if it is i wish the pilot had not cancelled the missile.

Coincidentally I saw that on my Regimental Association bulletin board also.

Always worth looking here when these type of stories crop up :laughing: :


Oh well it made me titter anyway!! Mind you we could always live in hope.

Always worth looking here when these type of stories crop up :laughing: :


That is the second time today that Snopes has spoilt a good tale :smiley: :smiley:

Surely if that was true the Tornado would have been going a bit quicker than 300mph?? In a machine that can do 1.3 mach, who’s going to hang around at near stall speed?

P.S. I wish I’d been the pilot…I might not have been so quick to hit the “missiles off” button :wink: :laughing:

I love the story though!