RADCAT Case Directory
Category 9, RADAR
Preliminary Rating: 5
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Jan. 10, 1961; Cape Canaveral, Florida
AM. A US Navy Polaris missile was launched from a ground pad. A flying disc, whose diameter was close to the length of the Polaris, altered its tracking, but did not block the missile firing, since the tracking system continued to follow the object and later returned to again to track the Polaris downrange. The diameter of the disc was approximately 20 to 25 feet and it was about 6-8 feet thick at its center. It was visually lost to ground observers and primary witness (Clark McClelland with 10x50 binoculars) at the Cape as it continued downrange. The original investigation was conducted by McClelland and his Florida NICAP subcommittee. I contacted him on 10 March 2006 and he provided this brief report. The file mentioned by Dick Hall is still being sought.
The documentation was 100% perfect, since we had the technical evaluation report from the Cape on the incident. But after I left NICAP and the files were transferred to CUFOS, I no longer have access to it. Jerry Clark tried to locate the report for me in the NICAP files but couldn't find it. I have a feeling that it was not in the regular files but in a "cover" file under the name of the contractor which was Pan American. Don Keyhoe and I showed the report to several board members who certified its existence. So, I KNOW it's absolutely authentic but can no longer prove it.