Pax River Radar Incident
Patuxent River Naval Air Station, Maryland
December 19, 1964

NICAP Report:
At 0330 EST, December 19, 1964, Bernard Sujka was on duty in the Patuxent Tower, with two CTOs. Suddenly, two big "targets" - radar blips- were spotted - the largest the CTOs had ever seen on  a radar scope. Coming toward the station, ten miles apart, the unknown flying objects were making the incredible speed of 6,000 knots - 7,200 mph. (By error, the speed was reported in the press at 4,800 mph).

Fifteen miles away, the two UFOs turned away. On a second approach they came within 10 miles before swerving. Finally, a single UFO raced toward the base. Eight miles distant, it swirled through a 160-degree turn - a fantastic maneuver at such a high speed.

The radar was checked, found to be working correctly. All three CTOs agreed the UFOs were real solid objects. No malfunction or interference could cause such a large, clear blip. Their elliptical shape indicated the UFOs were oval-shaped, and their speeds proved them far superior to our fastest aircraft. They could not be missiles, only some revolutionary type of machine could make such a violent turn and fly in our dense atmosphere without burning up.

Ignoring these expert opinions, the Air Force publicly blamed the UFO tracking on some faulty radar or poorly trained Navy operators.

Donald E. Keyhoe, Director
National Investigations Committee on Aerial Phenomena

* The Navy Control Tower Operator (CTO), Bernard Sujka, signed the NICAP Form 97.
* Sujka is certified by the FAA as an ATC Specialist
* The release was approved by Commander R.W. Gordon, Air Operations Officer

Francis Ridge
NICAP Subcommitte Chairman:
The report was confirmed by NICAP HQ on January 24th. The full report was issued by NICAP on March 5, 1965. The Air Force failed to examine the "faulty" radar and therefore could not objectively accuse the personnel of being incompetent or failing to check for malfunctions which is standard procedure for unusual targets or anomalous propagation.

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