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Radar Case Catalog/Database

From: jan@cyberzone.net (Jan Aldrich)
Date: Sat, 08 Nov 1997 10:09:34 -0800
Fwd Date: Sat, 08 Nov 1997 19:49:54 -0500
Subject: Radar Case Catalog/Database

[This posting came from the Project 1947 E-mail List-jla]

Greetings List,

   For those who would like to probe the UFO phenomenon,
radar cases remain an important and neglected area.  Dr.
James McDonald of the University of Arizona thought that
radar might be the key to the mystery.

   Dr. McDonald before his death was very interested in
radar cases.  He obtained copies of all the radar cases he
could find in the Project Blue Book files.  That was not an
easy task at the time.  It involved traveling to Maxwell AFB
and checking out each file.  Copies were costly and took a
long time to obtain.  In a number of cases he interviewed
operators and determine the technical characteristics of the
equipment involved.  He obtained the nearest meteorological
data records and worked on the solving the cases.

   After he died, there were one or two scientists who were
initially interested in carrying on his work.  However,
generally the effort seems have come to naught.

   There are few catalogs of radar sightings.  The main one
is in The UFO Evidence.  Dick Hall tells me that he will use
many of  the same special categories into Volume II.  So
there will be an updated radar case listing in Volume II which
is now in the hands of the publisher.  One other good source
is Larry Hatch's "U" database which contains about 600 radar
cases worldwide.

   The Condon Committee' puny list of UFO radar reports among
the Condon papers is laughable.  There were about 30 cases.
The Committee did not even obtain a list of  "unknown"  radar
cases in the Project Blue Book files.

    The Condon Committee visited NORAD.  Dr. Hynek had suggested
that a scientific study check data in the SAGE air defense
computers.  Radar tracks that did not indicate an enemy bomber
or missile attack were not necessarily displayed, but the SAGE
equipment saved the tracks.  Hynek suggested that such records
be obtained for study.  While the Condon Committee and NORAD
wrote each other polite letters back and forth, there appeared
to be no effort to obtain this important data or get NORAD to
cooperate in any substantial way with the Condon study.

   In any case, as a start, is anyone aware of other catalogs,
listings, or significant studies concerning radar?   Is anyone
aware of any such studies formal or informal, now or in the
past?  It might be embarrassing for scientists conducting
current studies to be associated with UFO researchers.  If so,
we do not need to know the names of the scientists involved.

     Francis Ridge had gathered a list of radar cases different
from those listed in the UFO Evidence.  I think, just as in
the case of the EME catalog, other researchers could help
continue the collections effort concerning radar cases.

    Hopefully, there might be a volunteer to act as point of
contact.  It would also be desirable to start up a catalog or
database which could be updated from time to time.

     Please let me know if this appeals to you or you know
someone who might be interested.  The person need not be a
Project 1947 list member.

  Thank you

Best regards,
Jan Aldrich
Project 1947

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