Category 11 Case Directory
SIGHTINGS FROM AIRCRAFT
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aircraft 3 B-36's
pos radar contact
September 17, 1951; Goose Bay, Labrador, Canada
4:35 GMT. Three B-36 aircraft flew a training flight from Goose Bay, Labrador to Resolute NWT, Thule, Greenland, and return to Goose Bay. At 3:20 GMT, the radar operator on the B-36 noticed a radar interference on the radar scope which was finally determined to be an unidentified aircraft on a relative bearing of 130 degrees and 28 nautical miles from the B-36. The position of the B-36 at that time was 61°30N / 68°50W. There was a very noticeable jamming at approximately 4:20 GMT when the aircraft position was 63°30N / 70°00W. The anti-jam device on the APQ-24 was turned on but there was no change in the jamming pattern on the radar scope. The crew was informed at this time that it looked as though the aircraft was being tracked by an aircraft or ground station. At 4:35 GMT, a radar interference was coming from the right side of the B-36 and covered 120° on the radar scope. When the B-36 was at the position 65°40N / 71°40W the unidentified "aircraft" crossed over from the right side of our aircraft to the left side at 18,000 ft and at a speed estimated to be 30 knots faster than the B-36 (B-36’s speed was 208 knots according to navigator’s log). Passing lights were not standard. Instead of having the usual red and green lights on the wing tips, all the lights were white, and it had a twin flashing white tail lights. At 4:50 GMT, the auto-pilot and the APQ-24 radar set went out. They came back a few minutes later. (Source : USAF Air Intelligence Information Report AIR-17-51, October 10, 1951, USAF Project Blue Book 16 mm microfilms from Maxwell AFB, NARCAP Case 13).
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