Form: 97NCP
Date: 5 Feb 2006, Updated 26 Feb 2008
From: Francis Ridge, Coordinator
Cat: 10
Distribution: NCP, CE, SHG, Media

Nuclear Connection Project

Subject: UFO Alert at Edwards Air Force Base, California
              October 7, 1965

Francis Ridge:
Up to twelve luminous UFOs flew over this secure test facility and the region, and at least one F-106A interceptor was scrambled from George AFB at Victorville. All of this action was captured on classified U.S. Air Force audio tapes which have now been declassified and are available to the public along with official documentation.The question in my mind is, what was going on during those 3-4 hours we don't know about? If we were allowed to hear only 6 hours of 40,  and read only 17 pages of hard-to-read documents, what is it we were NOT allowed to hear and see? The documents we have make it clear that by the time Alpha Lima Zero One was scrambled at at 1209Z or 5:09 PM PDT, "the activity was just about over."

Major Struble from an outfit known as LAADS (Los Angeles Air Defense Sector), a division of ARADCOM (Army Air Defense Command) authorized the making of these recordings of voice transmissions made by military personnel to and from Edwards Air Force Base- from base to base communications, phone patches, ground to air radio & tower to air radio. These recordings archived the conversations which documented this event of UFO visitation of a highly secure military base. The audio recordings were made on an extra track of large reels of radar data tapes, which were running all the time in the case of an accident and the need to review the radar tracks.

The event at Edwards Air Force Base took place over about a five hour period and since the voice recordings were made from at least 8 positions, approximately 40 hours of audio recordings had to have been made. Out of the possible 40 hours of these tape recordings only 6 hours were declassified by the Department of the Air Force.

Darryl Clark, Capt. 329th  Fighter Interceptor Squadron (FIS), George AFB, Calif., was an alert pilot with Detachment.1 at Edwards AFB. He happened to be on duty this evening and was called upon to observe the activity. His observations were all made from the ground. Captain Clark was one of the important Alert Pilots at Edwards Air Force Base on the night of October 7, 1965. He was entrusted with flying one of the Hot Birds, as planes loaded with Nuclear Weapons were called, that protected the western part of the United States. Skilled at target identification, Captain Clark is heard on the original Air Force recordings describing his UFO sighting of that night. (See Darryl Clark actual statement below)

That evening, October 7 (and the following one, October 8), 1965, some 700 engineers and scientists attended the Fourth X-15 Technical Conference at the (then) NASA Flight Research Center at Edwards AFB. This dealt with the research results of the 150 some X-15 flights made since 1959. (Astronautics and Aeronautics 1965  NASA SP-4006, page 464 - Joel Carpenter)

Detailed reports and documents
Map of Edwards Region - Joel Carpenter
Edwards Area Radar - Brad Sparks
Earlier Research (Feb. 2006) Into Edwards Incident - Fran Ridge
Captain Clark, Edwards AFB, & Nuclear Weapons on Oct 7, 1965 - Fran Ridge
reports/651007edwards_rep.htm (Dan Wilson) ***
reports/651007edwards_rep2.htm (Fran Ridge)
Actual documents (17 pages) from BBfiles - Jan Aldrich *
Transcription of 17 actual documents above **
An Introduction to the Edwards Encounter - Sam Sherman
UFO Alert At Edwards Air Force Base - A true account by Samuel M. Sherman
The Tape Transcript - Sam Sherman/Francis Ridge
The Edwards Alert Story - Sam Sherman
Darryl Clark, transcribed written statement **
Darryl Clark, statement, actual documents in PDF file *
Dec. 2000 Testimony of Sgt. Chuck Sorrells - Disclosure Project interview
The Convair F-102 Delta Dagger
The Convair F-106 Delta Dart

* Processed & remastered by Jean Waskiewicz
** Transcriptions by Jean Waskiewicz

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