RADCAT Case Directory
  Category 9, RADAR  
 
  Preliminary
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F-94 R/V With Round Object
December 10, 1952
Odessa, (Hanford) Washington


Fran Ridge;
This case had been double-listed under both Odessa & Hanford, and the Hanford listing had the wrong date of July 30, 1950.  Keyhoe had described it in one of his books. (See my report below).

Brad Sparks:
Dec. 10, 1952. Odessa-Hanford, Wash. (BBU)
7:15-7:30 p.m. (PST). F-94B crew on combat air patrol protecting Hanford AEC plant, pilot Lt. Harsh and radar-navigator Lt. Batison, spotted a light while flying 265 mph at 26,000-27,000 ft and approached to identify it, UFO performed Chandelle maneuver as in an aerial dog-fight. Object appeared large, round and white with dim reddish light coming from two "windows," came at F-94 on collision course, F-94 banked to avoid impact, lost visual contact. Simultaneous radar-visual with radar contact from 150 yards to 18,000 yards (10.2 mi) range from level 0 elevation to -20 and azimuth 0 (N) to 90 (E) with lockon once [?] on airborne APG-33 radar, lost contact when UFO went out of range. Alleged Skyhook balloon explanation refuted by no record of launch and 280+ mph speed and maneuvers. Star Sirius explanation is refuted as not risen yet (rising time at F-94s altitude and nearest location at end of sighting was after 8:10 p.m.), thus not visible, and would have been in wrong direction (in ESE instead of N, etc.). 15 mins. (Sparks; BB Maxwell Microfilm Roll 17, pp. 244-248; BB Report 10, Feb 1953, p. 19; Ruppelt pp. 43-44; NARCAP; Menzel 1963)

Dan Wilson:
This is big. (see rep2 below) It appears that there were several objects (6-7) seen visually and on ground and air radar. The F-94 could not contact the GCA station and their weapon was bent. From Project Blue Book files The PROJECT 10073 RECORD CARD AND Teletype message says basically this: At 1915 (PST) several large, white objects, larger than any known aircraft with dim reddish white light coming from two windows were observed by an F-94 aircraft. Objects could reverse direction abruptly. The objects stopped, made sharp turns including headon passes toward aircraft. Length of observation 15 minutes. At one time at least a half dozen in formation scattered. Visual and airborne radar (APG-33) sighting.  Lt. Harsh, 300 hours in F-94 and Lt. Batison 100 hours in F-94. Radar contact 15 minutes after lost sight. Ground Radar.

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