Form 97 - BB Microfilm
Date:  2 Jan 2006
From: Francis Ridge
Subject: Radar Sighting at Larson Air Force Base, Washington; 26 Aug. 1951
Category: 9
Distribution: Current, SHG, NCP2


Capt. Edward Ruppelt:
I almost overlooked the report from the radar station because it was fairly short. It said that early on the morning of August 26, only a few hours after the Lubbock sighting, two different radars had shown a target traveling 900 miles per hour at 13,000 feet on a northwesterly heading. The target had been observed for six minutes and an F-86 jet interceptor had been scrambled but by the time the F-86 had climbed into the air the target was gone. The last paragraph in the report was rather curt and to the point. It was apparently in anticipation of the comments the report would draw. It said that the target was not caused by weather. The officer in charge of the radar station and several members of his crew had been operating radar for seven years and they could recognize a weather target. This target was real.

I quickly took out a map of the United States and drew in a course line between Lubbock and the radar station. A UFO flying between these two points would be on a northwesterly heading and the times it was seen at the two places gave it a speed of roughly 900 miles per hour.

This was by far the best combination of UFO reports I'd ever read and I'd read every one in the Air Force's files.

The following pdf file contains all of the resized Project Blue Book documents below and is now housed on the NICAP site for security reasons.


The original over-sized docs from the footnotes.com site are listed below:
 
http://www.footnote.com/image/#7008598  1 PROJECT 10073 RECORD CARD
 
 
http://www.footnote.com/image/#7008606  3 Average ground speed of 948 mph
 
http://www.footnote.com/image/#7008610  4 AN/CPS-1 and AN/CPS-4 radars 
 
 
http://www.footnote.com/image/#7008621  6 Large irregular shaped blip
 
 
http://www.footnote.com/image/#7008628  8 Not favorable for AP

The identicle documents from the Blue Book file are numbered below beginning with

http://www.bluebookarchive.org/page.aspx?PageCode=MAXW-PBB8-1385
which includes all of the documents listed below
Docs MAXW-PBB-1385-1386, NARA-PBB85-523, NARA-PBB85-531, MAXW-PBB2-273