RADCAT Case Directory
Category 9, RADAR
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|Updated: Nov 24, 2010
Dan Wilson located 108 documents on this case which has now been added to RADCAT. Yet another major UFO event with a nuclear connection, and apparently was never investigated properly. Project Blue Book personnel did not send FI's and the incident was basically written off despite the interest of several Strategic Air Command generals including 15th Air Force's Major General Nichols. The apparent damage to the missile site and disruption of B-52 radio transmissions indicated we had a threat to a primary nuclear offense system. Analysis of photos can be found at bottom, compliments of Dr. Richard Haines. NARCAP found 141 documents on this case.
Taken against the BB files, it is obvious that the AF obfuscated this case, but that it is such a poor job, that you can see that they mucked up their cover, but good.
Oct. 24, 1968; About 30 miles NW of Minot AFB, ND (BBU)
3:30 a.m. (CDT). USAF Minot AFB ground radar tracked unidentified object correlated with orange glow and radioed it to the attention of the USAF crew of B-52H bomber (call sign JAG 31) on a 290° heading at 2,000 ft as a UFO target at 1 o'clock position to the NW at 24 miles, then 15 miles at 3:35 a.m. At 3:52 a.m., Minot radioed the B-52H that base weather radar was also tracking target now at 1 o'clock position and 3 miles from the B-52H. At 3:58 Minot requested IFF transponder identification from the B-52H and the B-52H radio transmitter failed for 4 mins. B-52H crew saw and radar tracked bright red-orange object [?] at 9 o'clock position at 35 miles then 1.25-1.5 miles, traveling at 3,000 mph [?]. UFO landing for 45 mins at location "AA-43." UFO sightings at Minuteman ICBM nuclear missile sites N, O, J [?], and M Flights, 91st Strategic Missile Wing, including strange EM effects such as security alarms activated at outer and inner rings around silo, outer [silo?] door opened and combination lock of inner door moved. Witnesses included Maj. Bradford Runyon, S/Sgt Bond, S/Sgt Smith, et al. (Project 1947; Kevin Randle; Hynek UFO Rpt pp. 137-9 [misdated as 1966]; etc.)
Detailed reports and documents
reports/681024minot_hynek.htm (J. Allen Hynek)
reports/681024minot_randle.htm (Kevin Randle)
reports/681024minot_report.htm (Dan Wilson)
reports/ufo_B52H_radaranalysis.pdf (Richard Haines)
A historical case study of this 24 October 1968, Minot AFB UFO case (Tom Tulien)