RADCAT Case Directory
  Category 9, RADAR  
Rating: 5  


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.

Objects Seen, Radar Tracked, Jets Scrambled
March 23, 1957
Oxnard AFB, California

Brad Sparks:
March 23 [22?], 1957; Oxnard AFB, Calif. (BBU)
11:15 p.m. (PST). Beaudoin and several independent witnesses saw maneuvering lights. (Hynek UFO Rpt pp. 53-54; FUFOR Index) 5 hrs 45 mins ?

Dan Wilson:
March 22-23, 1957; Oxnard AFB, California (BBU)
11:15 p.m. PST. Mrs. Beaudoin saw an unusual green object in the sky to the northeast approximately 10 degrees above the horizon. The object seemed to throb and pulsate and glowed with a fluorescence and was as large as a quarter to a silver dollar held at arm's length and was sharply defined. After a short while she telephoned the officer of the day, 1st Lt, Leonard E. Ott, at nearby Oxnard AFB, to report the sighting. At 12:30 a.m. March 23, she saw two red smaller objects to the north of the green object and below the horizon of the Los Palos Hills. At this time both the green object and the red objects seemed to jump around and the two red objects were zooming past the green object at tremendous velocities. Later, 1st Lt. Ott called ART (Air Route Traffic?) and ask if they were painting anything in that particular area. Lt. Martin reported affirmatively that they had a stationary object in approximately the area designated by Mrs. Beaudoin. He said it was not a normal stationary object. In the meantime several sheriff officers and State troopers were called to the area to investigate. Deputy Sheriffs Segura and Rausch arrived at Mrs. Beaudoin's house and confirmed her report in every detail. The objects then had multiplied to one green object and five red objects. All were in motion and constantly changing altitude. ART called back and said they had a scramble underway and they would have the aircraft check the area upon their return. Upon the arrival of the interceptors from Oxnard the red objects joined the green object and sped away in a direction up and to the east. (See AIIR, pages 3 and 12 of 13)  The aircraft were unsuccessful and had to return to base and at this time two Navy aircraft were scrambled to the area. The following police officers were in the area and reported the objects Robert H. Winter, James F. Wilson, Don Chalif, Earl Watson, and Robert Reed. Also included were Deputy Sheriffs Segura and Rausch. When the green object were first seen it seemed to be hovering over the North American Rocketdyne plant at Simi. In this area was a nuclear reactor, the Sodium Reactor  Experiment, designed by Atomics International. Controlled nuclear fission began on April 25, 1957. (Dan Wilson, 59 BB documents)

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