Patuxent Radar Case, Dec. 19, 1964
TIME: 1530 lcl.
PLACE: PATUXENT RIVER MD. NATC
WEATHER: M20OVERCAST 7 38/30 NE6 M 20 O 7 38/30 0406
SPEED: 6000 NMPH = 7200
SIZE: LARGEST RADAR TARGET SEEN (BUT IT MIGHT BE DUE TO SPEED AND M.T.I. FACTOR OF RADAR) EXCLUDING WEATHER.
TARGET MADE A 160° TURN IN LESS THAN FIVE MILES.
SHAPE: OBLONG AND TAPERING AT THE TAIL APPROX 3/8 INCH IN DIAMETER AS SEEN ON RADAR.
RDR. TECHS REPORT: THEY HAVE NEVER HEARD OF ANY TYPE OF INVERSION OR RADAR INTERFERENCE THAT COULD CAUSE THIS TYPE OF TARGET. WHEN ASKED WHY THE TARGET COULD ONLY BE SEEN ON ONE SCOPE [RADAR SET?] THEY REPLIED WITH, RADAR COULD HAVE BEEN TUNED VERY ACCURATELY, AND OBJECT MAY HAVE BEEN AT A LOW ALT.
VISUAL SIGHTINGS: NONE
NOTES: 1. SPEED COMPUTED BY SWEEP OF RADAR SCOPE AND DISTANCE COVERED BY OBJECT 6 SEC. PER SWEEP 8 TO 10 NM PER SWEEP.
2. THREE OBJECTS TRACKED TWO ON FIRST PASS ONE ON SECOND PASS.
WITNESS: FLAGIN ACC, PINKERTON ACC, SUJKA AC3.
Note #3 The AF said this was malfunction of radar but to this date March 5, 1965 they have never checked our radar + nothing like above has been seen since.
I also now have permission to release this information and you may use my name.
B. R. Sujka AC3
P.S. 6000 NMPH = about 7200 MPH.
Above all verified by CDR Corson, U.S.N., operations officer Patuxent Riv. Md.