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Radar Tracks Vertical Ascent Then Vertical Descent
Nov. 19, 1958
Montauk AFB, New York


Brad Sparks:
Nov. 19, 1958.  Montauk AFB, New York (BBU)
9:30 a.m. (EST).  A/2c James A. Frey, scope operator, plus Weapons Director (not named), 773rd Radar Observation Network Squadron (SAGE), NORAD-ADC FPS-6 height-finder radar, detected target at 255 azimuth (approx. WSW), height 55,000 ft ascending [nearly] vertically at 3,000-3,500 ft/min with some [N?] component horizontally, to 77,000 ft [in about 7 mins].  Target then descended  to 50,000' almost vertically at 4,000 ft/min [in about another 7 mins] with slight deviation ESE to azimuth 256 disappearance.  Range not stated, must have been 30+ miles since FPS-6 max elevation coverage is +32, and max range usually given as 200 n.mi.   Went against wind coming from 270 60 knots at 50,000 ft.  Second (similar?) target about 1 hour later.  Ascent rate much faster than typical weather balloons, usually standardized to 1,000 ft/min.  (Sparks;  BB files;  McDonald list)

Detailed reports and documents
docs2/1958-11-7202624-Montauk-AFS-NewYork.pdf (Brad Sparks)
 

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