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Gnd Radar/ Air Visual
Dec. 2, 1954
Ceuta, Morocco


Brad Sparks:
Dec. 2, 1954; Spanish Morocco (BBU)
(McDonald list)

NARCAP Report Synopsis:
Dec. 2, 1954; Ceuta, Morocco
2:10 p.m. local. A French military radar site at Ceuta tracked a target which was simultaneously observed visually by the crew of a fighter in the air. The speeds and altitudes of the target were recorded for a continuous period of about I hour from 1410 to 1510, during which time its altitude varied between ~ km (23.000') and 18 km (59,000') with variations in speed from 10 kph (6 mph) to 220 kph (137 mph). The altitude/speed diagram shows a rate-of-climb of >1500 rpm maintained for some 17 minutes (speed 100 mph slowing latterly to 40 mph) up to an altitude of nearly 59,000', levelling off with speed dropping briefly to near-zero, then accelerating steadily to 137 mph over about 12 minutes at the same altitude before suddenly dropping 20,000' in 1 minute down to 39,000' and again levelling off, still at 137 mph, for about 10 minutes, at which point the target dropped, with a simultaneous rapid deceleration, at a mean rate of about 5000 fpm for 3 minutes down to another level of 23,000' at <60 mph, maintaining this speed and level for some 10 minutes until contact was lost. Radar duration: 60 mins. approx. (Vallee CS 1966 186; NARCAP TR -6, Pg. 52)

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