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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.

Charleston R/V Case
May 4, 1966
Charleston, West Virginia

Fran Ridge:
This case, along with 670113winslowdir.htm, were the basis for the radar tracking reenactment that began the motion picture, "Close Encounters of the Third Kind".

Brad Sparks:
4:30 [3:40?] a.m. FAA air traffic controller tracked an unidentified non transponding target about 5 miles to the 11 o'clock position from Braniff Airline Flight 42 headed E at 33,000 ft, which crew saw high above as a white-blue object giving off brilliant flaming light of alternating white-green-red colors. Radar showed object veering away to 8-10 miles away at 10 o'clock position, then come at the Braniff airliner to 3 miles distance then made a 180° left turn to the NW again within a diameter of 5 miles at 1,000 mph [5 g's] which the Braniff crew confirmed with object descending from 20° elevation above horizon. (Hynek UFO Exp ch. 7, Case RV-2)

Dr. J. Allen Hynek:
Another representative Radar-Visual case, illustrative not only of Radar-Visual cases in general but also of the operation of the "Blue Book Theorem" involved two commercial airline pilots and an Air Traffic Control Center operator. Blue Book dismissed the case as "landing lights" on the word of a reluctant American Airlines pilot, who clearly did not wish to get involved. 

Detailed reports and documents
The Report - Dr. J. Allen Hynek
BB Docs 660504charleston.pdf (Dan Wilson)
660504charleston_radcat (Martin Shough)

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