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 Tracks UFOs Over Oak Ridge
Nov. 29 & 30th, 1950
Knoxville, TN


Fran Ridge:
A weak case as compared to others at Oak Ridge during that time. No visuals. But note the close proximity in time to the east coast alert of December 6, linked below. Apparently something truly usual and disturbing was taking place in the U.S. and near a key atomic plant. The incidents started before these dates and continued after. In this case nine qualified persons witnessed these targets so I seriously doubt anomalous propagation or birds was the answer (Sparks), but it is hard to rate this one very high. For that reason the rating has been reduced to a "3".

Dan Wilson:
On November 29, 1950, at 1755 hours, numerous unidentified paints appeared on the radar scope at the 662nd AW Radar Detachment at the McGhee Tyson Airport, Knoxville, Tennessee. These paints almost covered the "Restricted Area" at Oak Ridge, Tennessee.  A fighter aircraft was sent to the area but no visual contact was reported.  Most of the targets were visible on the radar scope for two to three hours.  At 1900 hours the graph record of a background (Geiger) counter in the "Restricted Area" indicated a pronounced rise in Alpha particles and a slight rise in Gamma rays at the same time. These readings were unaccounted for. The AEC advised that there were no known "Argon releases" during 29 or 30 November 1950. On November 30, 1950, at 1351 hours untill 1405 hours a single unidentified target appeared on the radar scopes ranging 12 to 21 miles west to northwest of the station. At 1630 hours, on November 30, 1950, numerous unaccountable paints appeared on the radar scopes. The "paints" were so numerous they could not be counted or plotted. These paints remained visible on the radar screens until approximately 2330 or 2400 hours. At least nine highly qualified persons witnessed these targets.

Detailed reports and documents
reports/501129oakridge_report.htm (Dan Wilson & Fran Ridge)
Dec 5, 1950 Alert doc, Oak Ridge (Bruce Maccabee)


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