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.

Radar/Visual; F2H Fighter & FPS-6 Radar
August 22, 1957
Cambria AFS, California

Dan Wilson:
Aug. 21-22, 1957; Cambria AFS, Calif. (BBU)
At 7:35 p.m. local time, two or three round, red and orange objects the size of a pea at arm's length were observed in a stack formation one above the other to the southwest at 15 degrees elevation. The objects were observed through binoculars.  FPS-6 radar HRI was detecting objects in the same direction. Two F2H Navy fighter aircraft out of Moffet Field were sent to the area and made visual contact. When the fighters got within 50 miles of the objects both fighter's IFF disappeared from PPI of FPS-3 radar. The fighter aircraft IFF did not reappear until the fighters were approximately 70 miles from the objects. Total length of observation was approx. 1 hour and 30 minutes. (Dan Wilson, Brad Sparks, McDonald List, FUFOR Index)

Brad Sparks:
Aug. 21 and 22, 1957. Cambria AFS, Cambria, Calif. (BBU)
7:58 p.m. (Aug. 21) + 7:35 p.m. (Aug. 22) (PST). USAF radar operator S/Sgt William H. Miller at 775th ACWRON sighted 3 [2?] round red and orange objects in “stacked” formation to the SW (at 15°elevation?), observed in binoculars. Apparently unrelated radar target (2 targets?) in WSW at 240° altitude 12,000 and 17,000 ft at 12 mi range at 15° elevation [11° and 15°] due to anomalous propagation (?); disappeared at 7 mi range and 12,000 and 17,000 ft [elevations 18° and 25°]. Fighters scrambled from Moffett Field NAS and North Island NAS (F3D fighters) apparently unsuccessful. USAF personnel at 775th ACWRON, Major Joseph S. Anderson (Exec Ofcr), 1st Lt. Thomas E. Brinton (Director), and radar operator Miller, sighted 2 round white (later orange) objects in stack formation to the SW at 15° elevation, observed in binoculars. FPS-6 height-finder radar detected object(s) in the same direction at 40,000 and 41,000 ft range 13 miles dropping to 36,000 ft 13 miles, unclear whether azmuths 258° (initial) 263° (final) elevation 20° (initial) 18° (final) applied to radar or visual targets; unclear whether FPS-3 search radar detected objects. Observers at radar station saw 2 unrelated objects in the W, the planets Venus and Jupiter in conjunction less than 1° apart, which disappeared at the exact time, 8:22 p.m. (PST), that Venus and Jupiter set below the horizon at 269° and 270° azimuth (corrected for radar station elevation and refraction). Two F2H Navy fighters from Moffett Field NAS were sent to the area and made visual contact with what they considered to be stars [apparently Venus and Jupiter in conjunction setting in the W]. Anomalous radar propagation indicated by the blanking out of both fighters’ IFF transponder signals on FPS-3 search radar scope when between ranges of about 50 to 70 miles from the objects.IFO’s and false radar targets. (NICAP; Sparks; McDonald list; Saunders/FUFOR Index; BB files)

Detailed reports and documents
reports/570822cambriaAFS_rep.htm (Dan Wilson)

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