Florida Fisherman Accidentally Nets Sidewinder Missile, Regrets Catch and Release

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14 Responses to “Florida Fisherman Accidentally Nets Sidewinder Missile, Regrets Catch and Release”

  1. grimc says:

    I wonder if he was being literal about the beeping part. Do those things really beep?

  2. dbarak says:

    @ #4 posted by grimc

    Nah, no beeping. No time for it – they fly pretty fast.

    @ #6 posted by Takuan

    I mess around with ‘em a bit (inert ones on display) at the USS Midway Museum here in San Diego. I’m a docent there, so if anyone comes by for a visit, look me up on Saturday afternoons.

  3. Takuan says:

    a kind offer! I wonder… a new model rocketry competition with home-built IR trackers and R/C target drones.

  4. oldgeezer66 says:

    The sidewinder is just a cheap weapon,
    that’s why they built so many of them
    (hundreds of thousands), 5″ rocket motor,
    a small charge of TNT, and the guidance
    system, I loaded hundreds of them when
    I was in the Navy , good little weapon,
    cheap and very effective for its limited
    range, This grinnin’ fool wouldn’t be so
    smiley if the TNT was aboard, wouldn’t even
    be enough to photograph,

  5. w000t says:

    #12 swestcott:

    The Sidewinder is usually basically just a heat-seeker, although various guidance systems have been fitted. Mostly, it’s “popular” because it’s reliable and fairly cheap (comparatively), but the guidance isn’t very advanced as missles go. Most of the sophisticated guidance systems go on the so-called smart bombs. There are plenty of those in the Gulf, too, but nobody’s lifting one of those off the bottom without heavy equipment.

  6. swestcott says:

    I dont know to much about these types of things but am I wrong to guess that they have farly advanced tracking and guidence systems in them and all of that is still intact for any one to find and reverse engeneer

  7. toxonix says:

    How often do they fire hot ordinance into the Gulf?
    This could be a great scrapping opportunity.

  8. Takuan says:

    be nice to have one to fool around with.

  9. w000t says:

    #5/Toxonix:
    Not very often if at all. Almost all of the Gulf launches are test launches out of Eglin AFB. They don’t care how the ordinance explodes, just that it releases and guides as expected. If they want to see how it explodes, they’ll usually launch out of Nellis AFB in NV, which has a big (4700 sq mile) test range.

  10. SomeGuy says:

    Yeah, it was a Sidewinder. But 3 years from now when he’s recounting the story with his fishing buddies it’ll be a Titan.

  11. Anonymous says:

    How stoned is that fisherman?!

  12. Anonymous says:

    hanging that on the wall is better than a fish.
    cool conversation piece.

  13. Anonymous says:

    Those things are $84000 a piece

  14. nanuq says:

    “But he left the other missile behind — “brand new and still beeping,” the captain said — which perhaps was for the best. ”

    It figures he’d still be griping about the one that got away.

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