Salomon Rodney, a commercial fisherman out of Pinellas County, Fla., made a catch ofÂ a differents ort when he hauled in a live Sidewinder air-to-air missile from the Gulf of Mexico.
According toÂ a story in the Fort Myers News-Press, Â Rodney strapped the 8-foot weapon to the top of his boat and continued fishing. A few days later, he reportedly hauled in another Sidewinder. That one was still beeping, so he let it go.
A bomb squad in Madiera Beach later defused the missile and sent it to MacDill Air Force base to be destroyed. The Air Force is trying to figure out how the missiles got there in the first place.
Update 6/11/09: The Air Force now says the missile didn’t contain any explosives. It was a “telemetry missile,” filled with gauges and sensors, and used to test air-to-air flight characteristics.