posted on Oct, 8 2010 @ 11:47 PM
Interesting. The story seems to have changed.
But as he came within seconds of firing at the alien intruder — “the size of an aircraft carrier” on his radar — it vanished at 10,000
With fish stories they get bigger. With UFOs they get smaller? Now it's the size of a B-52.
The description of the radar contact seems to fit the description of the effects of radar countermeasures. The fact that, during the Cold War, an
interceptor and GCI may have been spoofed by a Soviet (or other unidentified) aircraft would be very good reason to "conceal" the incident. Of note is
the fact that there was never any visual contact made with this immense object, by the pilot of the interceptor or ground observation. The Soviets
were known to play "cat and mouse" games with NATO forces at the time.
Mechanical jamming is caused by devices which reflect or re-reflect radar energy back to the radar to produce false target returns on the operator's
scope. Mechanical jamming devices include chaff, corner reflectors, and decoys.
* Chaff is made of different length metallic strips, which reflect different frequencies, so as to create a large area of false returns in which
a real contact would be difficult to detect. Chaff is often aluminum for weight purposes and is usually coated with something such as a plastic to
make it more slick and less likely to bind up in large clumps.
* Corner reflectors have the same effect as chaff but are physically very different. Corner reflectors are multiple-sided objects that
re-radiate radar energy mostly back toward its source. An aircraft cannot carry as many corner reflectors as it can chaff.
* Decoys are maneuverable flying objects that are intended to deceive a radar operator into believing that they are actually aircraft. They are
especially dangerous because they can clutter up a radar with false targets making it easier for an attacker to get within weapons range and
neutralize the radar. Corner reflectors can be fitted on decoys to make them appear larger than they are, thus furthering the illusion that a decoy is
an actual aircraft. Some decoys have the capability to perform electronic jamming or drop chaff.
Electronic jamming can cause the "target" to appear to be in different locations and move at different
speeds.Time Magazine article 1957
edit on 10/9/2010 by Phage because: (no reason given)