RADCAT Case Directory
Category 9, RADAR
Preliminary Rating: 5
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|Dec 31, 2003 - Updated: 25 Feb 2010
Nov. 19, 1964: Northwest of Puerto Rico (BBU)Around 9:00 p.m. local time, 19 November 1964, the USS Gyatt was conducting operations at 20 degrees 41'5" North 68 degrees 34' West, when an object was picked up on an AN/SPS-49 Search Radar. The Gyatt notified Lt. Comdr. K.H. Woodsbury, USN , VU-8, extensive flying and jet experience, pilot in an F-8 aircraft which was working with Gyatt and was at 35,000 feet when he observed at high altitude a very high speed object. After numerous changes of course, the object steadied down abeam at 9 o'clock position at 9 miles away and paralleled. Pilot selected afterburner and tried to close in on the object. The object accelerated at extremely high speed in a 20 degree climb and pulled away rapidly. The object was on Gyatt radar intermittently for 21 minutes. On returning to base at Roosevelt Roads NAS the object closed on the F-8 astern. Lt. Comdr. K.H. Woodsbury said this of the object; "Its speed, acceleration, ceiling and ability to de-cellerate exceed any aircraft I have ever seen or heard of. There is no reasonable explanation for this target." During the encounter with the object the SPS-49 radar was jammed for a short period of time. The source of jamming is unknown. There was one estimate of the speed of the object at 3800 knots. (Source: DETAILED EVENTS OF THE EVENING OF 19 NOVEMBER 1964)
We had discovered this incident and posted it on the NICAP site on Dec. 3, 2003. The backup was provided by a report by Antonio Rullan. Dan Wilson then located 62 Project Blue Book document pages to update this incredible report. This event occurred on the 19th local time, 20th GMT.
I think this is one of the most interesting cases I've ever seen. It's a multi-radar/visual/ecm, airborne visual, with scope photos, etc. Also it was part of a pattern of cases over the course of at least two days. And BB was ordered to investigate the case, according to teletypes, by the AF chief of staff, due to pressure from the White House.
Detailed reports and documents
1964_11_16_Atlantic_18.10N_66.12W_BB.pdf (Barry Greenwood)
Ref 1: Blue Book UFO Reports at Sea by Ships (A.F. Rullan)
reports/641120ussgyatt_report.htm (Antonio Rullan)
reports/641120ussgyatt_report2.htm (Dan Wilson)
Table 7: Radarscope Data from USS Gyatt on UFO Target & Evaluation of Distance Traveled and Speed -.pdf (Rullan)
reports/641120ussgyatt_carpenter.htm (Joel Carpenter)