Saturday, 1 December 2018

U.S. Government UFO Document:
“SUBJECT: UFO” (Page 5)

Date: 21 December 1965
(U.S. Air Force, Washington, D.C.)


The document deals with the 7 October 1965 Edwards Air Force Base, California, UFO incident.

The document was sent by Headquarters Air Force Flight Test Center, Air Force Systems Command, United States Air Force, Edwards Air Force Base, California, to FTD (TDFC), Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio.

The document is written by John D. Balent, Captain, USAF, Technical Evaluation Officer, Deputy for Foreign Technology, for the Commander.

Quote from the document (not written in U.S. Department of Defense document format):
“1. The following report of UFOs is submitted per para. 14, AFR 200-2 and 200-2A:


(1) All objects had the general shape and appearance of stars.

(2) The largest appeared to be twice the size of an ordinary star. The others were the same size as stars which would make them about the size of a pinhead when held at arms length.

(3) The objects were the same color as stars.

(4) There were from 7 to 12 objects involved.

(5)  There was no discernible formation with one exception. Three of the objects appeared to be in what might roughly be described as an inverted “V”.

(6) The objects that were held visually appeared to be flashing red, green and white lights at one time or another.

(7) None

(8) None

(9) One of the objects was reported as “pushing a small cloud” in front of it. This is the one object that could be explained. It was a weather balloon.


(1) The Edwards tower operator first noticed flashing lights from these objects in the normal course of his duties.

(2) The first and most prominent of these objects was originally sighted at an elevation of 010° and an azimuth of 062°. The other objects appeared to have an elevation of between 020 and 045° and azimuths of 050 to 075°. It is impossible to determine just which of the radar contacts correlate with the visual sightings. There were reports of up to 12 radar contacts from relatively dispersed sites. LAADS received reports at various times from San Pedro, Laguna, March AFB, and Boron. All were able to show contacts in the area under consideration at one time or another during the 4½-hour period. The duration of most of these contacts was very short. The three contacts which eventually figured in the decision to scramble were U090, U091, and U092. LAADS did hold these contacts in a close enough proximity to those under visual observation that there is a possibility that they were the same.

(3) Of the seven objects reported visually, four persisted longer than the others. The brightest, most prominent of these was last seen flashing at an elevation of approximately 050° and an azimuth of 135°. The other three were in what might rougly be described as an inverted “V” and were last seen flashing at an elevation of 035° and azimuths of from 140 to 150°. The remaining three, which were visible for a shorter period of time, disappeared at approximately 045° elevation and in the vicinity of 060 to 090° azimuth.

(4) The objects varied in their flight paths. A general statement might be made that their main change was in altitude. There were definite changes in azimuth but these were relatively small. The four digits seen most clearly appeared to hover, then rise in a near vertical direction. Only a general statement about the radar tracks is possible. All the contacts obtained on search radar were difficult to hold because of slow speeds involved. The height finding radar similarly had little luck in giving valid changes in altitude. There was no discernible pattern to the flight paths of objects when considered as a whole.

(5) Three of the objects held visually just gradually faded from view. The four objects that were seen most clearly; i.e., the very bright object and the three in an inverted “V” seemed to take their place among the stars and persisted, looking like all the other stars, until dawn. These objects possibly faded like the others and were replaced in the eyes of the observers by the stars that happened to be in the area of last sighting.

(6) Again the objects were visible for varying lengths of time. The first observation took place at 0833Z (0133 PDT). The four most prominent objects flashed for about two hours. As mentioned above, these objects persisted until dawn although they ceased flashing after two hours. The other three objects were visible for approximately 30 minutes.


(1) The objects were observed both visually and electronically from the ground. Search, height finding, and approach radar all held the objects.

(2) All ground observers used 7x50 binoculars.

(3) N/A


(1) 7 October 1965, 0133Z (correct time: 0133 PDT (see b. 6))

(2) Night


(1) The observers were located at base operations, Edwards AFB, Calif.


(1) Darryl Clark, Capt, 329th FIS, George AFB, Calif., pilot. Capt. Clark is an alert pilot with Det. 1 at Edwards AFB. He happened to be on duty and was called upon to observe the activity. His observations were all made from the ground.

(2) Charles A. Sorrels, SSgt, 1925 Communications Sq, AFCS, tower operator.

(3) Forrest S. Honer, SSgt, Hq Sq Section, 6510th AB Group, Edwards AFB, dispatcher.

(4) Keith C. Peneau, A2C, Det. 21, 6th Weather Wg, weather observer.

All these observers are proficient in their particular jobs and could be classified as very reliable.


(1) All observers agree that weather was clear and visibility good.


(1) None


An F-106 was scrambled from George AFB at 1209Z (0509 PDT). The aircraft was was controlled throughout its search on a visual basis by the Edwards tower. By the time the aircraft was scrambled the activity was just about over. The objects that were held visually had ceased flashing and had taken on the appearance of ordinary stars as mentioned earlier. Radar contact was gone or was of insufficient duration to be used in vectoring the aircraft. Passes were made through the area at 15,000, 20,000, and 40,000 ft. The only thing out of the ordinary reported by the pilot was reflection of red lights from the dry lake bed near Edwards. He felt that these were reflections from something other than the beacons in the area.

j. During the period of the sightings there was no air traffic nor were there balloon releases that might have been mistaken for the objects.


In summary, no one in the Air Defense Sector could provide a plausible explanation, nor did they seem overly concerned once the incident was over. Their experience and the sources of information available to them provided no help. There seems to be no question that they did have radar control at several sites. The ground observers claim definitely to have seen flashing lights for which they could offer or find no explanation. Everyone concerned at both LAADS and Edwards seems convinced that something unusual occurred.


There are radar scope photos which indicated unidentified contacts were held. These scope photos are being forwarded as a part of this report.”


Wikipedia article: “Edwards Air Force Base”:

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Runways on and near Rogers Dry Lake, at Edwards Air Force Base. Located in the Mojave Desert, California. (text by Wikipedia) 
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Air Force Rocket Research Laboratory Edwards AFRL site
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UFO Case Directory (RADCAT):
“UFO Alert At Edwards AFB
Oct. 7, 1965
Edwards AFB & surrounding area”


The whole UFO case report:
Francis Ridge:
Oct. 7, 1965; Edwards AFB area, California
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.’

Joel Carpenter:
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)” presents U.S. government (U.S. Air Force) documents that pertain to the UFO case.

About RADCAT (text by
“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.”


Wikipedia article: “Edwards Air Force Base”:

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Runways on and near Rogers Dry Lake, at Edwards Air Force Base. Located in the Mojave Desert, California. (text by Wikipedia) 
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