RADCAT Case Directory
  Category 9, RADAR  
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RADCAT is a revitalized special project now being conducted jointly by NICAP & Project 1947 with the help and cooperation of the original compiler of RADCAT, Martin Shough, to create a comprehensive listing of radar cases with detailed documentation from all previous catalogues, including UFOCAT and original RADCAT.

Huge Disc Sparks Scramble
Sept, 24, 1959
Redmond, Oregon

Fran Ridge:
A cat 9,11 incident. A huge disc hovered over the city. Six F-102 fighters were scrambled from Portland. As they took off, the Air Force radioed the pilots of a B-47 bomber and a F-89 fighter on routine flights nearby, ordering them to join the chase. The Air Force radar at Klamath Falls tracked the disc. Given the Air Force "explanations" and some incorrect data in 1959 and published in the UFO Evidence (1964), the validity and seriousness of this encounter is much clearer in the MUFON report published much later in 1989.  Dan Wilson located 55 documents on this case in the Blue Book files.

Brad Sparks:
Sept. 24, 1959; near Redmond Oregon (BBU)
About 4:55 a.m. (PST). Redmond Police officer Robert Dickerson saw a strange bright light [white ball­ shaped?] rapidly descending north of the airport then stopped and hovered several hundred [200?] feet above ground for several mins where it lit up the juniper trees below. He drove toward it on the Prineville Hwy then turned toward the airport, when the object turned orange [reddish-orange?] and moved rapidly to [dive and hover?] about 10 miles NE of the airport at about 3,000 ft [height? altitude?  Redmond is at 3,000 ft elevation MSL]. Dickerson arrived at the airport to report sighting in person at 4:59 a.m. at Redmond FAA Air Traffic Communication Station. FAA Flight Service Specialist Laverne Wertz, Dickerson and others viewed object through binoculars. FAA station reported UFO to Seattle Air Route Control Center at 5:10 a.m., which in turn reported it to Hamilton AFB, Calif., which scrambled 6 F-102 jets from Portland [?] to intercept UFO. FAA station observers saw object hover and emit long tongues of red, yellow and green light which extended and retracted at irregular intervals. As F-102’s approached the object from the SE [?] it turned into mushroom shape, emitted red and yellow flames from lower side and ascended rapidly, disappearing above scattered clouds at about 14,000 ft [altitude? height?]. [Object’s departure forced one F-102 to swerve to avoid collision, another nearly lost control from UFO’s turbulent wake; tracked on F-102 airborne radars but jets unable to intercept.] Object reappeared about 20 miles S of Redmond at about 25,000 ft. Seattle Center reported at 6:20 a.m. radar contact with object about 25 miles S of Redmond at 52,000 ft was made by USAF ADC radar site at Klamath Falls, Ore., which tracked a large 300-400 ft[?] target and vectored B-47 and F-89 aircraft to identify. Redmond FAA controllers lost sight of object. Seattle FAA reported at 7:11 a.m. that Klamath Falls radar still tracked object at 25 miles S of Redmond but varying altitude from 6,000 to 52,000 ft. (Fran Ridge/NICAP UFOE, V)

Detailed reports and documents
The Redmond Oregon Case - UFO HISTORY - Loren Gross
The Redmond Report (MUFON UFO Journal #257)
Original report from NICAP files (1964) - UFOE, 113 (Hall)
Copy of Letter to NICAP - Jan 15, 1960 (FAA)
Aviation Experts Othan Than Pilots Report UFO At Redmond - UFOE, 44 (Hall)
reports/590924redmond_report.htm (Dan Wilson)
reports/590924redmond_report2.htm (Vicente-Juan Ballester Olmos)

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