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Two Stacked Blips on AFS Radar
April 17, 1964
Fallon AFS, Nevada


Brad Sparks:
April 17, 1964; Fallon AFS, Nevada (BBU)
(McDonald list) 
 
Dan Wilson:
April 17, 1964; Fallon AFS, Nevada
At 7:22 a.m. local time, A2C Edward Lowe, radar operator , 858th RADRON, Fallon AFS, picked up on ground radar two blips in stacked formation with rapid changes in altitude at 122 degrees at 60,000 feet at 145 mile range. The motion was up and down. The length of the observation was 1 hour and 21 minutes when the blips disappeared to the SE. (Dan Wilson)

Don Johnson:
According to UFOCAT, the official AF explanation for this case is "Mirage". Allen Hynek had kept a copy of the Fallon AFS case in his personal files, so he regarded it as a good, unexplained case.

A-Team Evaluation:
The Fallon case  has little value due to, 1) possible ground target made visible by the anomalous propagation effects of the inversion layer (AF conclusion could be right here), 2)  it's proximity to Groom Lake (Nevada Section Area 51) and Nellis AFB, there being a derth of aircraft being tested there. If this case had visual confirmations or reported speeds in excess of Mach 3 or more it would have a more likely chance of being an unknown. In our opinion, although the target may have been unidentified we don't believe the Fallon case has any real merit.

Detailed reports and documents
reports/640417fallonAFS_rep.htm (Dan Wilson)


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