RADCAT Case Directory
Category 9, RADAR
Preliminary Rating: 5
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Oct. 25, 2017; Pacific NW, California, Washington, Oregon
4:30 PM PST. An unidentified aircraft transited the skies over the Pacific northwest. A radar target moving at very high speed over northern California according to the FAA and eyewitness accounts by nearby airline pilots traveling north over Oregon. F-15 fighters ("Rock" Flight) were scrambled to intercept this mysterious object that quickly became invisible to radar. All of this was confirmed by the FAA and the US Air Force according to the FOIA documents we have on this. The initial report was that an object had ripped its way across N. California at high speed before it made a sudden turn to the north, and then merged with nearby air traffic and dropped off radar. the aircraft had no transponder broadcasting nor did it ever communicate verbally with ATCs. Oakland Control Sector 3 detected the target around 4:30 PM PST from Sacramento to Redding. Later the visual was of an object described as a white aircraft with no markings. Craft eventually tracked by pilots as it made its way up over Crater Lake and toward Williamette Valley. A/c appearance officially occurred near border of Oakland City Sector 31 and Seattle Sectors 13 or 14. Target was moving "very fast at 37,000'". One estimate of its speed was 450 kts. Object was visible by three aircrews for roughly a half hour and over hundreds of miles. Controller repeatedly asked the crews to check their TCAS (Traffic Collision Avoidance System) but all came back negative. Aircrews reporting: Southwest 4712, United 612, Skywest3478.
This may turn out to be something akin to a secret test of the TR3, but Air Defense Command was "looking for the target." I would say that they didn't have a paint but, because of the location and jitters of the times, were concerned about the reports and ordered the scramble. DEN (Domestic Event Network) is a hotline system used to bridge the FAA with federal authorities (military). The Operations manager in charge of the Seattle ARTC mentioned ADC looking for the object and this showed how early the military was involved. WADS is the nickname for "Bigbfoot", the Western Air Defense Sector of NORAD that monitors the airspace there. WADS scrambles jets. One airline report said the object was southbound then abruptly turned north.
Detailed reports and documents
20171025_scramble.pdf (website report)