I just gotta pass this on:

Two California Highway Patrol Officers were conducting speeding enforcement on I-15, North of MCAS Miramar . One of the officers was using a hand held radar device to check speeding vehicles approaching near 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 turned off.

Just then a deafening roar over the treetops revealed that the radar had in fact locked onto a USMC F/A-18 Hornet which was engaged in a low flying exercise near the location.

Back at the CHP Headquarters the Patrol Captain fired off a complaint to the USMC Base Commander.

Back came a reply in true USMC style:

**Thank you for the message, which allows us to 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 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 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 and your hostile radar was destroyed.

Thank you for your concerns. **

So THAT’S how you beat a speeding ticket!!!

Almost certainly an Urban Legend

I don’t think I can afford a 2008 Hornet but I would be interested in the tactical computer and automated defense system.

Good story, but would the 'craft really have its missiles armed and active when not in a controlled training exercise? Can you find a link?

Having lived directly under the flight path of those jets on their training missions (back when it was NAS Miramar), I can verify that they fly very low and have an annoying habit of making conversation completely impossible until they’re out of hearing range. The story definitely rings of a UL to me, but I’m not surprised at its geographic placement!

ETA: This was ten years ago, and the flight paths (and possibly several other things about the exercises) have changed since then.

Oh you and your truth spoiling everything.

Why did Snopes update it today? You guys living over there or something?

How about one of these?

But what’s the airspeed of a lighthouse?

Sure, see you at Barrett Jackson. That thing and a missle system and I’m the American Mad Max.