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.

SS Point Sur Case
May 16, 1967
Gulf of Mexico

Fran Ridge:
May 16, 1967; (BBU)
10:10 PM. (0310 GMT) Going from Quincy, Massachussetts to Houston, Texas the crew (4 men) of the SS Point Sur observed objects thru 7 x 50 binoculars.  The Third Mate had the called captain to the bridge for what appeared to be 6 red distress flares.  When he got there, there were 4 lites in sight.  After a period of 10 minutes, 4 of these settled into a definite pattern.  Two of these were about 35 degrees forward of the starboard beam and at an elevation of 10 and 14 degrees respectively.  They were 11 miles off by radar which would place the lower at an altitude of approximately 12,000 ft.   The two lower ones were to the right and would rise several thousand feet and then drop back near the sea with a cone shaped light, lighting up a large area.  At times they would descend below the horizon where only a illumination could be seen.  When in view, all 4 had the same light characteristics.  A very brilliant yellow light with a band of red lites across the upper two thirds as seen thru binoculars.  With the naked eye it blended to a reddish orange.  All lights pulsated at 4 second intervals with a ratio of brightness of about 3 to 1.    These objects would black out at irregular intervals for periods up to 20 seconds.  With a height of eye of 55 feet, this put their apparent horizon at 8.5 miles.   Their disappearing below the horizon confirms the radar distance of 11 miles.  The radar return was poor, showing a pip on every 5 to 10 sweeps.  As these objects were traveling on a course of 295 degrees true at 15 knots, it was the captain's opinion that they would only get a return when one wobbled and showed more surface.  He judged their course and speed on the fact that they maintained their same relative bearing and distance for a period of 50 minutes.  They appeared to be deliberately pacing them.  Although there was moonlight, they could not make out the shape of the objects at any time.  During their eclipse, there appeared to be a faintly defined haze (smoke) in the area.  At 2300, the lights went out one at a time and were not seen again.   (Hynek UFO Exp ch. 7, case RV-9)
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