Dutch use F-16s to pursue criminal suspect

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Unread post13 Jan 2012, 17:01

Dutch use F-16s to pursue criminal suspect

Posted: 01/13/2012

The Dutch air force says two of its F-16 jet fighters tried to help police chase a criminal suspect.

Spokesman Olav Spanjer says the jets were about to leave Volkel airbase on a training mission Thursday evening when they heard local police had requested a military jeep to chase a suspect over soggy terrain.

The pilots volunteered to help search using their infrared cameras.

Spanjer conceded Friday, "It was kind of a long-shot."

The suspect was in a car with stolen license plates that sped away when police tried to pull it over. After an exchange of gunfire, the car crashed into a canal and the man ran away across a field.

In the end, a tip from a suspicious neighbor, and not a high-tech jet, led police to the suspect.

Source: http://www.denverpost.com/breakingnews/ci_19735605
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Unread post14 Jan 2012, 01:55

Good thing this wasn't an engagement with F-35s, I can see the headlines now....

"F-35 aircraft can not engage ground troops, perform SAR"

or

"Thief with gun defeats F-35"

Is kinda cool that they were tasked with something like that.

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Unread post14 Jan 2012, 04:10

:lmao: That would have been fun to see that kill mark on the side of a jet. Anybody want to photoshop one?
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Unread post14 Jan 2012, 21:46

I have heard that after they landed, the F-16 pilots had a sudden uncontrollable urge for doughnuts.

Book 'em Danno. :D

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