I read all the BB (Grudge) docs. The Project Grudge docs are
very bad, neat looking but the data are nonsense (SSW is called less
than 180 degs azimuth when in fact it is 202.5 degs, they can't keep
their directions straight). Something also is very wrong with
Ruppelt's account. It's almost like there is no overlap between
the Grudge reports and Ruppelt. Data do not all match up.
According to the BB/Grudge docs despite specific efforts with
several radars there was no radar confirmation of the stationary light
seen for over 2-1/2 hours from about 7 to 9:35 AM when clouds covered
the light and it was never seen again -- not seen the next morning, not
ever again, apparently, which casts doubt on whether it could have been
Venus. The only radar contact was at 11:30 AM and it was clearly
ice crystals, it was about 6 miles in size and an interceptor sent up
ran into ice crystals (another reports suggests it was over 20 miles in
size and this kind of gross discrepancy is typical in this badly
botched case). The initial sighting at 6:50 AM of a fast moving
light seen for 5 seconds may have been a meteor. The stationary
light seen for hours afterward is a bit of a mystery, but could
arguably have been Venus nonetheless.
Major Kenneth Chilstrom went up in an F-80 at 8:10 AM and tried
for over 20 minutes but could never see the light even when the control
tower could see he was heading right towards the light that the
controllers still saw. Lt Col Shafer went up in an F-51 about 9
AM and spent 20-30 minutes trying to reach the light which he thought
was a celestial body, later suggested to be Venus by an astronomer he
contacted. A tower controller George Barnes claimed it was "ascending
at terrific speed" for 2-1/2 HOURS!! That's absolute
nonsense. There was general agreement among witnesses that it was
stationary. If it moved at "terrific speed" it would be gone very
quickly and would not still be there after 2-1/2 hours!
What is extremely frustrating is that the direction of the
stationary light is obfuscated with astounding confusion or nonsense --
I've seen it given as 120, 155-160 degs, 160-170 degs, 165-170 degs,
180 degs, SSW (about 200 degs), NW (or about 315 degs -- or was
this the direction it was coming from thus going to 135 degs??).
Venus was at 130 degs at 7 AM and 170 degs at 9:35 AM, a fairly
close match to most of those directional bearings. The light's
elevation was variously reported at 15 or 40 degs. Venus started
at 21 degs at first sighting time and was at 36 degs at last
sighting. Again another fairly close match.