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Lowell Sunday Sun
April 7, 1957Page 1, column 1
British Radarmen Pick Up
Mysterious Flying Object
Spotted on Screens in Scotland at 60,000
Feet—Later in Sudden Dive to 14,000 Level
LONDON April 6 (AP) --Radar
stations throughout Britain were alerted today to look
for a mysterious flying object tracked by air ministry
observers over southwest Scotland.
Three radar operators reported independently that
the object flashed across their screens traveling at
The operators said the object suddenly dived to a
height of 14,000 feet, made two whirls, then vanished
to the south.
"We are investigating the matter," an air ministry spokesman said.
"We do not know what the object was. Intelligence
experts are studying the reports and a detailed statement
may be made next week."
The object was sighted by two lonely radar posts in
Scotland's Hilly Wigtownshire. A Royal Air Force Station
near Luce Bay on the southwestern tip of Scotland also
caught it on radar.
It was last reported seen heading toward the Isle of
Royal Air Force officials said no planes were in the area
at the time.
The air ministry spokesman said 95 per cent of flying
objects reported turn out to be civil aircraft or meteorological balloons.
But he conceded this object was seen only on radar screens and was not reported by citizens in the area.
The mysterious object was described by some unofficial sources as too fast, too big and too maneuverable to have been a plane.