UFO Case Directory (RADCAT): “Radar/Visual & Sighting Lines Intersect July 30, 1967 Kernville, China Lake NAS, California”

The whole UFO case report:
Brad Sparks:
July 30, 1967; Kernville, China LakeNAS / Naval Ordnance Test Station (NOTS), and Edwards AFB, Calif.
10:17 p.m. (PDT). George Petyak and wife Brownie in Kernville first sighted bright yellow star-like light at about 65 degree elevation to the E [towards direction of Walker Pass and China Lake], later joined by a second similar object appearing to try to ‘steer’ the first onto a ‘definite course.’ A second independent observation from China Lake NAS where object was seen [visually and/or on radar] to the W over Walker Pass(about 20 midistance) [towards direction of Kernville] was reported to Edwards AFB ­ thus visual sighting lines intersected from opposite directions.  Controller (Mr. Buckley?) at Edwards used RAPCON (Radar Approach Control) radar (or Boron AFS FPS-35) search radar.and confirmed visual reported by China Lake but tried to dismiss 100 knot (115 mph) target as merely civil aircraft that ‘frequently’ fly over the area [but light aircraft try to avoid mountain passes]. Kernville witnesses reported by phone during sighting to Boron AFS ADC radar site (with FPS-35 long-range search radar) then Lt. Smith at Edwards AFB where RAPCON radar tracked unidentified target near Lake Isabella S (or SE?) of Kernville witnesses [by 5-10? mi] for ‘several sweeps’ at about 10:30 p.m. PDT traveling S at 50-60 mph. Kernville witnesses reported one object in the E joined by the second object, both appearing like bright stars but moving in circles relative to actual star background in clear sky; used binoculars from time to time though which UFO appeared bright blue. First seen to their E but traveling S, disappearing suddenly in clear sky at 11:30 p.m. PDT in the direction of Lancaster [S to SSE] at about 50 degree elevation, estimated height about 30,000 to 40,000 ft. (Sparks; McDonald list; Saunders/FUFOR Index; Condon Rpt p. 122) 1 hr 15 [13?] mins 2 + 1? + 1? Witnesses RV, binoculars.
It is in the Condon Report p. 122 where it is absurdly dismissed as a mysterious ‘reflected image’ with no reflecting surface only ‘turbulent air’ — a ridiculous Menzelian debunking. The witnesses saw it up at a high 50 to 65 deg angle above the horizon in clear air where there is no possibility of mirage-like grazing angle reflection (has to be within 1 deg of horizon). And apparently it was seen and/or tracked by China Lake looking back at their direction with the UFO(s) right in the middle over Walker Pass — Kernville witnesses looking E at them and China Lake looking or tracking W.”
Wikipedia article: “Naval Air Weapons Station China Lake”:
Quote from the Wikipedia article:
“Naval Air Weapons Station (NAWS) China Lake is a part of Navy Region Southwest[3] under Commander, Navy Installations Command and is located in the Western Mojave Desert region of California, approximately 150 miles (240 km) north of Los Angeles. Occupying three counties – Kern, San Bernardino and Inyo – the installation’s closest neighbors are the cities of Ridgecrest, Inyokern, Trona and Darwin. The main gate of the installation is located at the intersection of Inyokern Road (Highway 178) and China Lake Blvd. in the city of Ridgecrest.”

USGS orthographic image showing the main runways at NAWS China Lake (text by Wikipedia) (wikimedia.org photo)

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