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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.

New Zealand Sightings
December 31, 1978
S. Island, New Zealand

Updated: 12/25/2009
Fran Ridge;

Midnight +. Famous motion picture film was taken by a news crew while flying off the eastern coast of South Island, New Zealand near the town of Kaikoura. The luminous UFO was seen by everyone on board the aircraft and was tracked by radar at the same time. It was somewhat cone shaped, and was not a Japanese shrimp fishing boat, as claimed by debunkers. (Sources: International UFO Reporter, July 1979, p. 6; APRO Bulletin, May 1980, p. 2).

Bruce Maccabee:
The New Zealand of December 31, 1978 are briefly mentioned in the Journal of British Interplanetary Society paper (see below) as an example of UFO sightings that can't be explained in terms of known physical phenomena. Although several such reports were listed in the original version of the paper, only these sightings were "allowed through" the review process, apparently because they are the only sightings to be previously published in a refereed science journal (Applied Optics) and because they are the only ones known (to civilians) to involve coincident radar-visual detection AND color movie film. You can read about these sightings by downloading the file. For more in-depth analysis see also the document below listed as "RADARUFOS"). Some of the most technically interesting sightings are those in which radar plays a role. There are many "radar only" sightings (no coincident visual sightings). Of greater interest are the radar-visual cases in which (a) witness(es) report on object in the same direction and undergoing the same dynamics as a radar target. In this paper I discuss a radar-only case and also the only RADAR-VISUAL AND PHOTOGRAPHIC case that I know of, namely the New Zealand sightings of 1978.

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