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Pentagon FURIOUS

How Did TMZ

Find Our Missile?

3/16/2011 10:00 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

The U.S. Air Force sent special agents to Vegas yesterday to grill the guys from "Pawn Stars" ... trying to find out how they got ahold of the sophisticated missile equipment the feds read about on TMZ.com.

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Sources connected to the situation tell us ... two members from the U.S. Air Force Special Investigations Unit rolled over to Gold and Silver Pawn yesterday wanting to check out the AIM-120 AMRAAM missile guidance system and missile parts the guys purchased just last week.

We're told the agents wanted to make sure the system was no longer active -- and pulled it apart to ensure it did not contain any important information. 

The agents also inquired about the woman who sold the missile guts to the "Pawn Stars" -- a woman who claims she inherited the stuff from her father.

The seller had maintained that her dad purchased the items at an official military auction during the '80s ... and we're told she had the proper court-approved paperwork specifying she could legally sell the parts.

Here's the best part -- we're told while the agents were inside the shop, they explained how they were initially put on the case after someone from the Pentagon called up wanting to know why they were out of the loop about a missile featured on TMZ.com.

When called for comment, a rep from "Pawn Stars" confirmed agents from the U.S. Air Force Office of Special Investigations did drop by the shop.

However, the rep insisted, "If the Air Force wants the missile back, we will gladly adhere to their request."

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46.

Hisjules    

test

1255 days ago
47.

pjtobbe    

cant say how the hell they did it but the government really wanna know!HILARIOUS!LOL!

1255 days ago
48.

Sally    

I hate to break your bubble, but the Pentagon definitely is not pissed at TMZ. As a matter of fact, you are not even in the equation - the Pawn Shop is the only player and on top of that, it was a routine check to ensure their weapon systems were not of a secret nature. Sorry TMZ - better luck next time.

1255 days ago
49.

Molotov    

So, okay... The "TMZ Live" segment that can be seen on this site has shed some more light on the subject. The owner of the Pawn Shop [I forgot his name already and am too lazy to go back and look] said that it's the guidance section from an old "60...'s or 70's" missile.

That means it's almost certainly from an old AIM-7 Sparrow III missile and this is a non-story. That technology is ancient and it's easy to see how one would show up now. BTW, I doubt the lady's "my Dad found in an empty box the DoD sold him" story. Yeah. Okay. Whatever.

Anyway, the reason people were "WTF?!" about this is because the AIM-120 is a very capable missile, unlike the old Sparrow which had a kill percentage of 11%. Yep. 89 out of 100 shots failed to down an aircraft. Some wouldn't come off the rails, others were way outside their flight envelope, and others just steamed off into the distance never to be seen again. So... you can have the guidance section with the Government's best wishes. In fact, they probably would want you to sell to an Iranian or N.Korean agent for inclusion in their own systems.

1255 days ago
50.

Christina G.    

The pentagon should be furious about the thousands of Americans they murdered on 9/11, not to mention the hundreds of thousands of internationals they've murdered since.

1255 days ago
51.

BitterKittens    

Who cares? Go to: www.stoopidhousewives.com for great HWs stuff!

1231 days ago
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