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Old 08-29-11, 03:25 PM
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Don't shoot laser pointers at the police helicopter

Apparently a local 17y/o, here on vacation, thought it would be fun to point at passing aircraft with a laser pointer. Police helicopter flew in to investigate the pilot's complaints and the dude pointed the laser at them too.

Police helicopter landed on the boy's front yard and the rest is just pure LOL.

I'm just looking a this on the TV... trying to find some linkys to post.
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Old 08-29-11, 04:49 PM
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If you're living where there is regular police helicopter fly-overs,that's not a good thing Rube.
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Old 08-29-11, 04:56 PM
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If you're living where there is regular police helicopter fly-overs,that's not a good thing Rube.
I dunno... makes for entertaining targets.
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Police helicopter landed on the boy's front yard and the rest is just pure LOL.
Ooh, did not expect that part, I bet.
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Originally Posted by MillCreek View Post
Ooh, did not expect that part, I bet.
I'm sure the parent's face was priceless.
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Laser pointers are generally Class IIIa lasers, which could potentially blind someone temporarily. Not a good thing to shine at flying aircraft.
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Originally Posted by RubenX View Post
Apparently a local 17y/o, here on vacation.
I too often enjoy vacationing where I live. lol
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Old 08-29-11, 08:10 PM
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in the USA, you aren't legally allowed to own a laser pointer with more than 5mW of power.


I'm waiting for my shipment of a 5mW red laser pointer from dealextreme. I should have bought a green one
0.5mW red lasers are good cat toys. You can't blind anyone, even the cat and they are loads of fun.
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As someone who flies a lot and sits in the drivers seat, we see idiots shining lasers at aircraft all the time. There was some bonehead lighting up our jet going into Miami the other evening but we were still around 8000 feet so it wasn't too bad. It gets harsh at lower altitudes and vision problems do not mix well with landing the jet. Personally, I'd love to mount a LITENING II or Sniper laser targeting pod on the bottom of the jet and return the favor.
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Old 08-29-11, 08:54 PM
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As someone who flies a lot and sits in the drivers seat, we see idiots shining lasers at aircraft all the time. There was some bonehead lighting up our jet going into Miami the other evening but we were still around 8000 feet so it wasn't too bad. It gets harsh at lower altitudes and vision problems do not mix well with landing the jet. Personally, I'd love to mount a LITENING II or Sniper laser targeting pod on the bottom of the jet and return the favor.
So they don't routinely load up the Vulcan cannon when you are out gadding about?
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So they don't routinely load up the Vulcan cannon when you are out gadding about?
Never shot a Vulcan. However, I'm well versed in the Avenger (GAU-8) and I'd rate as extremely effective but probably just a little over the line regarding overkill.
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Never shot a Vulcan. However, I'm well versed in the Avenger (GAU-8) and I'd rate as extremely effective but probably just a little over the line regarding overkill.
So I guess that rules out napalm as well. What about a daisy cutter?
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5MW or go home.
damn, the best I can find is a 1W, 445nm blue laser.

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So I guess that rules out napalm as well. What about a daisy cutter?
I've always wondered if it's possible to make napalm out of a mixture of Vaseline and lighter fluid.
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Shouldn't the title of this be "Don't shoot anything at the police, ever"?

I mean, really - they just don't have a sense of humor about those sorts of things...understandably so...
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Accurate-d that for ya.
you can aim a camera
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Wasn't there a recent thread about a guy getting arrested for filming the police?
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http://www.universalhub.com/2011/cou...ng-police-offi
court ruled in favour of the guy who got arrested.
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Never shot a Vulcan. However, I'm well versed in the Avenger (GAU-8) and I'd rate as extremely effective but probably just a little over the line regarding overkill.
Oops. For some reason, I thought you were in the F-16. I did not know you were a warthog driver.
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5MW or go home.
I hear you can drill holes with that.
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Originally Posted by jsharr View Post
So I guess that rules out napalm as well. What about a daisy cutter?
I think napalm is out and the 15,000 lb BLU-52 is designed for drop by C-130 type platforms. But I like where your mind is going. Or would that be "mind has gone?"

We used hand held IR laser pointers in the cockpit and wore eye protection when we did. Those glasses were tailored for the frequency of the laser so not sure the glasses would do much for the green industrial laser commonly used to annoy folks at night but it might attenuate the signal enough to avoid eye damage. The targeting pods have masks that turn off the IR or guidance laser when the field of view start approaching the cockpit.

As airline guys, we are told "do not look at the laser." Guys who have been illuminated say you can't help it. Until the laser is actually aimed at you, it looks sort of like a green flashing police light or maybe a green sparkler but it does not look like a painfully bright beam of light. Your attention is drawn to it. Once the cockpit lights up, you know what it is. If you happen to be looking directly at the light and in close proximity to the ground, the results can be scary. Damaged retinas and long term problems can result. Not to mention the immediate problem of landing the aircraft and the safety of a couple hundred people.
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Shame,napalm was a great crowd pleaser and cost effective for the American taxpayer back in the day.

If only the drones were large enough to carry that petro-jello.
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Shame,napalm was a great crowd pleaser and cost effective for the American taxpayer back in the day.

If only the drones were large enough to carry that petro-jello.
It is still legal to own one of these:



...and you can make your own with a super soaker!
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Same thing in the OP happened here some time back- but instead of a '17 yr old on vacay', it was an 11 yr old standing outside of the local Mosque...
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I've always wondered if it's possible to make napalm out of a mixture of Vaseline and lighter fluid.
I'd always heard you dissolved packing peanuts in gasoline for best results when I was growing up.
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I'd always heard you dissolved packing peanuts in gasoline for best results when I was growing up.
Ages ago at my shop I had accumulated a box the size of a washing machine full of packing peanuts. One day I had the bright idea to dissolve the packing peanuts with the lacquer thinner cleaning solvent I had in a few of my spray guns from a paint project that day. I slid the box outside and poured a quart or two of the lacquer thinner into the box and while it did dissolve a lot of the peanuts quite a few remained. My solution to rid myself of the remaing peanuts was to set them on fire. I stood next to the box and tossed in a lit match.

BOOM!!

The box "exploded" and covered me with dozens of globs of burning melted peanuts that stuck like glue. I still carry burn scars from that momentary lapse of judgement.
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