WASHINGTON: The government suffered a major embarrassment today when the military scrambled two F-16 fighter jets, each costing $150,000, to intercept a $50 model RC plane.
Officials were alerted today about an alien aircraft appearing on the radar above a "no fly zone" established over an area of the capitol city close to several government buildings. The aircraft appeared to be unmoving around a small target area close to one of the buildings. At first, the officials tried to contact the aircraft, but after receiving no reply they were forced to take further action.
Billy Johnson, 9, of Washington was flying his new RC plane with his father in a park when he was surprised to see two low-flying F-16 fighter jets screaming towards the park at 200 mph. He thought nothing of it until the planes turned and began circling the park above where Billy and his father were. His father became more concerned when the police arrived.
"I told Billy to land the plane when the jets arrived and he went off to find it in the park. I put GPS on it in case he ever lost sight of it but I didn't think it would lead to all of this! When the police showed up and told me we were violating a no-fly zone I thought they were joking!"
The incident lasted about 30 minutes, each of which caused the government extreme embarrassment in what has been called "the greatest overreaction in United States History". One official speaking on condition of anonymity said, "The officials responded to a no-fly-zone violation with proper protocol, though next time they will be sure to examine the speed and altitude of the aircraft before sending in the air force. The military does not intercept model planes."
Billy's father is glad that the entire thing was only a mistake, though he's planning to go to court if the government asks him to foot the bill. He also told Billy to fly the plane below the treetops when he wants to have some fun in the future.
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