RADCAT Case Directory
  Category 9, RADAR
 

                                   
     

RADCAT is a revitalized special project now being conducted jointly by NICAP & Project 1947 with the help and cooperation of the original compiler of RADCAT, Martin Shough, to create a comprehensive listing of radar cases with detailed documentation from all previous catalogues, including UFOCAT and original RADCAT.

Archie 29 KC-97 Radar Case (BBU)
July 5, 1955
Newfoundland, Canada

Fran Ridge:
This is a quote from one of the documents we have that briefly describes what happened:
"Essentially, the 'object' was apparently simultaneously observed by a tanker aircraft (KC 97) pilot (visually) and by a ground radar (type unknown) site (electronically). While such a dual (visual and electronic) sightings of UFOs are reported from time to time, this particular report is some-what unique in that: a. the 'pilot of Archie 29 maintained visual contacts with object calling direction changes of object to (radar) site by radio. Direction changes correlated exactly with those painted on scope by controller.' b. In previous cases the dual (visual and electronic) sightings are mostly of a few minutes duration at most. This one was observed by radar, at least, for 49 minutes." (Source: July 12 1955, Acting Assistant Director for Scientific Intelligence Chief, Physics & Electronics Division, SI, Usual UFOB Report)

Jan Aldrich:
Original FOIA request from Robert Todd indicated that there were more documents about other sightings in the Northeast Air Command area that are missing and probably destroyed. The NSA, when they release their documents, did not release this report. They did mention that the originating agencies in a number of cases were not contacted.  Todd then ran down about a half a dozen of these reports which had not been released.

Brad Sparks:
July 5, 1955. Newfoundland, Canada
3:00-3:56 a.m. (AST). At 3:00 a.m., USAF 97th Air Refueling Sq pilot Lt. Homer H. Speer and copilot Lt Paul Daily of KC-97 callsign Archie 29, and pilot Lt. Robert W. Schneck and copilot Lt. David Cueldner (sp?) of KC-97 Archie 91, both planes at 20,000 ft on a refueling mission out of Harmon AFB (4832.7N, 5833.0W), saw 2 bright objects at 4910' N, 5950' W, at 20,000 ft appearing stationary. They reported sighting to Harmon at 3:05, made contact with radar site, 2nd Lt. Charles H. Denney, Senior Director, USAF ADC site N-23 (Air Defense Direction Center, 640th AC&W Sq, Harmon AFB, Stephenville, Newf., CPS-6B search and height-finder radar, TPS-502 backup height-finder, at 4835.3' N, 5840' W). Radar painted object at 3:07 with intermittent contact till 3:56 (also 4-5 additional objects). Archie 29 KC-97 in best position to close on object ordered to do so by Harmon, position 290 from radar site at about 80 miles, 10 o'clock to KC-97 [inconsistent with lat-long coords]. Objects started moving to NE at 50 true heading accelerating to 275 knots (300 mph) faster than Archie 29 KC-97. After object reversed course to S heading, pilot Lt. Speer of Archie 29 reached closest approach to 18 miles distance, maintained visual contact with object calling direction changes of object to radar site by radio, changes correlated exactly with those painted on scope by controller. Brief height-finder radar contact at 35,000 ft. Object began climbing at 3:38 a.m. and fighters scrambled, no radar or visual contact made. Speer lost sight of object at about 40,000-50,000 ft. Radar then tracked object accelerating to 1,600 knots (1,800 mph) moving off to NE. At same times radar also painted 5 smaller objects at 5,000-10,000 ft (briefly detected on height-finder) and thus below the KC-97's at 30 true [heading??], 60 miles from radar, [inconsistent with other coords] moving very fast, changing direction and azimuth, jumping on and off scopes, forming circular pattern, changing to line abreast, traveling 10-20 miles then changing direction, speed 1,500+ knots (1,700+ mph). Radar tracked about 4 objects at point of initial sighting on 40 true heading, speed 300 knots (350 mph). Objects at 3:40 a.m. at 5010' N, 5750' [?] W. One C-119 aircraft en route from Goose Bay passed within 5 miles of the objects, not known if seen. Radar targets confirmed by 1st Lt. Anthony G. Scarpace (sp?), Ground Electronics Officer of 670th ACW Sq, who found radar operating properly and no inversion effects present. Investigated by NEAC AFSSO (AF Special Security Office), reported to AFSS (NSA subunit not to be confused with AFSSO compartmented security agency), NSA and CIA. (Sparks; CIA, AF, NSA FOIA; Project 1947)

Detailed reports and documents
Detailed synopsis (Brad Sparks Comprehensive Catalog of PBB Unknowns)
Internal CIA memo on July 6, 1955 RV by AF tanker pilot (Fran Ridge)
Pepperrell AFB Case (Dominique Weinstein)
Radar-Visual Sighting (John Schuessler)
Report from Air Force Special Security Office (NSA)
UFO sightings, Various, Newfoundland region June 1 to June 9, and July 7 1955 (Air Force Special Security Service Office)
Archie 29 Incident - Visual: Possible Venus - (Martin Shough)

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