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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.

V-Formation Of Radar Contacts From Ship
Summer ??, 1957
Catalina Island, California

Fran Ridge:
Summer ??,1957; Catalina Island
7:00 (8:00?) p.m. Witnesses were watching the radar scope for surrounding ship traffic. Just after dark a hard contact blip showed up on their screen. Target did not drift on the scope as such hard contacts do if you are passing or overtaking anther ship. It simply "popped" up on the screen. He reported the contact bearing as the others watching a gang of redundant surface radar scopes did. The surface radar gave the bearing and range of the blip contact, the range being about 20 miles from the ship, out of human sight since the horizon on the ocean is only 8 miles away and this blip was well beyond that. After a minute or two, another blip appeared (popped up) alongside the first one, not very far away from it. These blips just materialized but were "hard" contacts indicating something was definitely there. The CIC officers were observing the scopes and taking pictures. Then the two blips were joined by three more contacts making 5 total in V formation. They thought there may have been a radar malfunction common to all the surface radars hooked up to the same horizontally rotating antennae, but then the blips were showing on a completely different and independent air defense radar system with the antennae operating up and down vertically to check altitude of contacts. These blips were at 5000 feet and hovering in one spot. The officers continued taking pictures of the scope presentations and showing some concern. After about 10 or 15 minutes, the five contacts began to disappear, one at a time. They disappeared instantly just as they had appeared instantly. Both surface and air radars showed them disappearing in the same instant until they were all gone. All the radars were checked and found to be operating normally. (Rullan)

Detailed reports and documents
docs/57XXXXcalifornia_.php_id1517.pdf (Rullan)

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