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  • Frits Westra
    Forwarded by: fwestra@hetnet.nl (Frits Westra) Originally from: UFO UpDates - Toronto (by way of UFO UpDates - Toronto
    Message 1 of 1 , Aug 5, 2002
      Forwarded by: fwestra@... (Frits Westra)
      Originally from: UFO UpDates - Toronto <ufoupdates@...> (by way of UFO UpDates - Toronto <ufoupdates@...>)
      Original Subject: UFO UpDate: F-16 Chase Case Preliminary Report File
      Original Date: Mon, 05 Aug 2002 08:35:59 -0400

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      From: UFO UpDates - Toronto

      As The Fund for UFO Research's site is temporarily incaccesible,
      and Joan Woodward's 'F-16 Chase Case Preliminary Report' .doc file
      is posted there, a copy of that report is enclosed below.



      F-16 Chase Case Preliminary Report

      Sighting of July 26, 2002, Waldorf/Andrews AFB area, MD
      GPS reading for Waldorf site: 38 degrees, 37'24";
      076 degrees, 55'46"
      Time of sighting was between 1-2 am EDT.

      Witness: Renny Rogers, Waldorf MD. Renny is a Government
      employee and lives with his wife and 2 collies in a townhouse
      development in Waldorf. He has always lived near Andrews AFB and
      is very familiar with aircraft that fly in and out. His current
      townhouse is under a flight path for Andrews, and he states that
      he has never seen the kind of activity before in his life that
      occurred in the early morning of July 26. His time and spatial
      estimates are unusually accurate. He has a good eye for spotting
      aircraft. Although he has a strong interest in the UFO field,
      this is his first sighting. After the sighting was over, he
      reported it to WTOP radio, in Washington, D.C., and the the
      FUND. He has extremely strong feelings about pursuing to a final
      answer the riddle of what he saw and what the military know
      about it.

      Weather conditions: Few scattered clouds at 3500' with an
      overcast at 5500-6000'.

      Temperature at Reagan-National Airport, 15 miles NW of Waldorf,
      was 70 degrees, relative humidity 76%; wind was 5-6 mph from the
      ESE. {Humidity numbers look a little high, so they need to be
      checked after corrected data is out.} Visibility was 10 statue

      Sequence of events:

      1. Witness heard aircraft taking off from Andrews AFB.

      2. Jet aircraft rattles his house, afterburner on.

      3. Witness sights a blue light being pursued to a flighter

      1. Aircraft take off from Andrews AFB.-- Rogers heard planes
      take off from Andrews (estimates the time as 1:30-2 am but he is
      not sure of this), and he estimates that in 5-7-10 minutes they
      were in his immediate area. After take off, there may have been
      a very short period with no aircraft noise, but aircraft sounds
      got louder and louder and sounded as though the jets were
      circling in his area and not leaving. The noise made him think
      there were multiple jets in the area. He felt there were more
      than 2.

      2. The aircraft noise level brings Rogers outdoors. -- The noise
      was rattling the house and was so great that Rogers went
      outdoors, turning to his right (S) and walking a few steps so he
      could get away from trees and see the sky. He saw a military
      fighter flying directly away from him going SSE about 35-45
      degrees above the horizon. He was looking directly at the tail
      end of the aircraft, and it's afterburner (orange-white plume of
      fire) was on and remained on for 2-3 seconds before reducing to
      a residual short plume for the remainder of the viewing time. No
      sonic boom was heard. The fighter was in level flight at an
      estimated altitude of 3000' (broken clouds at 3500' from weather
      report) and was in view for about 11 seconds*. Rogers goes back

      3. Sighting.-- For approximately 3-5 minutes it was quiet with
      no jet noise or distant jet noise. Then the noise level
      increased again to near the previous levels. Rogers goes back
      outside to see what was happening. He goes out the door to the
      right (S), and sees nothing this time, though he hears loud jet
      noise. The he goes to the left of his front door (N). At this
      point he sees a pale bluish light moving at a phenomenal rate of
      speed. His sense is that the light is moving in an effortless
      almost floating manner but at high speed, but not at meteoric
      speed. When first seen, the light was estimated to be 35 degrees
      above the horizon in the NE sky above the treeline. When first
      seen, it's path dipped and came back up like a small dip in a
      roller coaster and it flew straight line to about 85 degrees
      from the horizon in the ESE sky, where it was obscured by a
      mature deciduous treeline about 30' from Rogers. The estimated
      time from first sight to treeline interference was 3-4 seconds.*
      Speed was constant, straightline, and there was no sound
      associated with the light. At this point, no aircraft was in
      view, and although jet noise could be heard, it was not in the
      immediate vicinity.

      Rogers ran to the S and picked up the light again at about 45
      degrees from the horizon in the SW sky and moving away from him.
      About 3 seconds* after finding the light again, a military
      aircraft flew over his house, which was behind Rogers, coming
      from the N and straightlining after the blue light. Light and
      aircraft are now on the same path going SW. Rogers was moving
      out into the street to keep them in view as long as possible.
      The aircraft was in sight about 22 seconds* before it could no
      longer be seen. The blue light was in sight for about 5-6
      seconds* before it could no longer be seen (the aircraft could
      be seen much longer because it was so much bigger than the
      light). Rogers did not know when the aircraft began its pursuit
      of the light, but when it appeared over his house, he is sure it
      was then in pursuit of the light but that it had no chance of
      catching it as the blue light was much faster than the pursuing
      jet. The aircraft used no afterburner and followed the blue
      light's path until they both disappeared in the SW sky. Rogers
      estimates they were between 1000- 2000' apart . {This may be the
      most iffy estimate because of viewing angles-JW}

      As the aircraft pursued the light in level straightline flight,
      it was tipping its wings from side-to-side constantly, at least
      4 times to each side. In the partly cloudy sky, the blue light
      was sometimes briefly obscured or partly obscured by clouds.
      Because the fighter was so much larger than the light, visual
      was not lost when broken clouds were between it and the witness.

      Description of the light: A constant pale blue in color and
      starlike, about 2 or 3 times the size of the red wing tip lights
      of the jet pursuing it. He could see no hard edge to where the
      light, any more than a hard edge could be seen on a airliner
      beacon light or radio tower light. The entire light flickered
      from: light-to-faded-to-light on a cycle of about 1.5 seconds
      throughout the time it was visible. The brightness of the light
      was unchanging. He compared the flicker to a high flying
      airplane beacon light but with different timing. Rogers compared
      the quality (not the behavior) of the light to "blue" (rather
      than green) glow sticks held aloft by a helium balloon.

      *All times were estimated by re-enactment against a stopwatch.

      Investigation to this point:

      I interviewed Renny Rogers 3 times by phone, on the July 26, 27,
      and 29th, and did an in-person interview at his house on July

      I spoke with Maj. Barry Venable on July 26. He said that two F-
      16's were scrambled from Andrews about 1 am to investigate
      "suspicious air activity over D.C." They found nothing and
      returned to Andrews.

      I asked about the activity over Waldorf, and he said that was
      close enough to Andrews that they might well fly over the area
      on return, and it's possible they may have hotdogged to burn up
      some fuel.

      I asked if there was any mechanism whereby the F-16 could
      project a light ahead of itself. He said no, but at certain
      angles and in misty weather, an afterburner could appear blue.

      He had no information beyond "suspicious air activity" in terms
      of what initialed the scramble.

      I again spoke with Maj. Venable on July 29, when he asked me to
      email him about what had occurred and what questions I had. But
      the only information that came forth was: "Two F-16 jets from
      Andrews Air Force Base were scrambled approximately 0100 hours
      26 Jul 02 after radar detected an unknown aircraft. The
      unidentified aircraft's track subsequently faded from the radar.
      The F-16s investigated, found nothing out of the ordinary, and
      returned to base." For operational security reasons, other
      details would not be discussed.

      Radar Tracks:
      I contacted an acquaintance who is a top notch radar engineer
      for his thoughts on NORAD's radar comments, particularly asking
      if the fact that NORAD referred to radar detecting an unknown
      aircraft meant the target had a transponder. His comments

      l. Ground movers can often generate radar returns, as can wind
      blown rain, trees, birds, insect swarms-any thing with motion
      can create a Dopple return that might appear as slow low

      2. The term "aircraft" is probably not enough to infer that they
      had a transponder return.

      3. Keep in mind that combat aviation annals are rich with
      examples of intercept controllers sending fighters in hot
      pursuit of nothing.

      What were the F-16's doing?
      Background information has been sent to FUND from Don Ledger (
      Zone Commander Civil Air Search & Rescue with 20 years of flying
      light aircraft up to 2 engine) and from Jim Canan, who got
      background from a former F-15 pilot, so I will not restate their
      comments here.

      Final thought, is it possible that the F-16's have some sort of
      perhaps targeting or ranging finding equipment that can project
      a hologram-like image ahead of the aircraft? The thought keeps
      occurring to me.

      Joan Woodward
      Fairfax, VA

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