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.

Radar/Visual & Sighting Lines Intersect
July 30, 1967
Kernville, China Lake NAS, California

Brad Sparks:
July 30, 1967;  Kernville, China Lake NAS / Naval Ordnance Test Station (NOTS), and Edwards AFB, Calif.
10:17 p.m. (PDT).  George Petyak and wife Brownie in Kernville first sighted bright yellow star-like light at about 65 degree elevation to the E [towards direction of Walker Pass and China Lake], later joined by a second similar object appearing to try to "steer" the first onto a "defiinite course".  A second independent observation from China Lake NAS where object was seen [visually and/or on radar] to the W over Walker Pass (about 20 mi distance) [towards direction of Kernville] was reported to Edwards AFB thus visual sighting lines intersected from opposite directions.  Controller (Mr. Buckley?) at Edwards used RAPCON (Radar Approach Control) radar (or Boron AFS FPS-35) search radar.and confirmed visual reported by China Lake but tried to dismiss 100 knot (115 mph) target as merely civil aircraft that "frequently" fly over the area [but light aircraft try to avoid mountain passes].  Kernville witnesses reported by phone during sighting to Boron AFS ADC radar site (with FPS-35 long-range search radar) then Lt. Smith at Edwards AFB where RAPCON radar tracked unidentified target near Lake Isabella S (or SE?) of Kernville witnesses [by 5-10? mi] for "several sweeps" at about 10:30 p.m. PDT traveling S at 50-60 mph.  Kernville witnesses reported one object in the E joined by the second object, both appearing like bright stars but moving in circles relative to actual star background in clear sky; used binoculars from time to time though which UFO appeared bright blue.  First seen to their E but traveling S, disappearing suddenly in clear sky at 11:30 p.m. PDT in the direction of Lancaster [S to SSE] at about 50 degree elevation, estimated height about 30,000 to 40,000 ft.  (Sparks;  McDonald list;  Saunders/FUFOR Index;  Condon Rpt p. 122) 1 hr 15 [13?] mins 2 + 1? + 1? Witnesses RV, binoculars

It is in the Condon Report p. 122 where it is absurdly dismissed as a mysterious "reflected image" with no reflecting surface only "turbulent air" -- a ridiculous Menzelian debunking.  The witnesses saw it up at a high 50 to 65 deg angle above the horizon in clear air where there is no possibility of mirage-like grazing angle reflection (has to be within 1 deg of horizon).  And apparently it was seen and/or tracked by China Lake looking back at their direction with the UFO(s) right in the middle over Walker Pass -- Kernville witnesses looking E at them and China Lake looking or tracking W

Detailed reports and documents
reports/670730kernville_report.htm (Dan Wilson & Bill Schroeder)

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