RADCAT Case Directory
  Category 9, RADAR  
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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.

Multiple Radars Track 4,500 MPH Target
Sept. 20, 1957
Montauk, New York

Fran Ridge:
In the 1978 FOIA lawsuit for UFO documents, the CIA released a memo of Sept 21, 1957, to the Acting Director of Central Intelligence, Gen. Charles P. Cabell (former AF Intelligence Director involved with many famous UFO case including Ft. Monmouth), from the director of the CIA Office of Scientific Intelligence (OSI), Dr. Herbert Scoville, Jr.  Several additional CIA and FBI documents fill in further details, including the fact the incident raised concerns in the US Intelligence Community that went high up into the White House, but that fact was never made public at the time.  The documents state that an unidentified flying object (UFO) was tracked by US radars at Montauk, NY, and Benton, PA. It was flying on a relatively straight course from the eastern tip of Long Island to the vicinity of Buffalo. The object was reportedly moving westward at an altitude of 50,000 feet and speed of 2,000 knots, varying from 1,500 mph to 4,500 mph. "Jamming" was reported by several radars in this vicinity and westward as far as Chicago.

Brad Sparks:
Sept. 20, 1957; Montauk, New York - Benton, Penna. (BBU)
4 p.m. High speed 2,300 mph radar target on E-W path at 50,000 ft altitude tracked by multiple radars, including 1-min track by FPS-3 at Montauk Point and 9 mins by CPS-6B at Benton, from E Long Island to Buffalo, New York (with alleged 11 min gap in between??), triggering a White House alert, high level CIA, USAF Intelligence, IAC Watch Committee meetings. Speed varied from 1,500 to 4,500 mph. (FOIA; Sparks, FBI/CIA docs - Ridge) 20+ mins ?

Dan Wilson:
The incident resulted in an immediate alert by both SAC and ADC. F-102's were scrambled from Kinross AFB, Michigan, and Truax  AFB, Wisconsin. (Dan Wilson)

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