In the early morning hours of Oct. 24, 2008, as western Pennsylvania slept, FAA radar appears to have tracked roughly three dozen unknown targets cruising from south to northeast. De Void says “appears” because the FAA public affairs rep is unable to access a power-point reconstruction of that event at her secure computer in Atlanta.
But you can judge for yourself by clicking on the link below for the time-lapse slide show. Or you can click each photo individually. The frames are 7.5 minutes apart.
What Kathleen Bergen can confirm from the agency’s regional office is that power-point creator Glen Schultze did, in fact, request and receive FAA records. Schultze contends the incident is significant. From his home in Littleton, Colo., he writes, the radar targets are moving “in an operational pattern that is consistent with what can be argued is a coordinated search or survey mission extending over 10,000 square nautical miles of Western Pennsylvania.”
A few words about Schultze. His name may ring a bell as the co-author of the Stephenville UFO incident for the Mutual UFO Network.
Schultze’s credentials as a radar analyst go back to the Fifties when he tracked missiles for the Army at White Sands. His assignments have been diverse, from civilian intelligence agencies scarfing up Soviet radar signals bouncing off the moon to accident investigations for the FAA. Schultze came across the 10/24/08 data by accident. He was actually trying to get skin-paint verification of a 10/23/08 early-morning sighting report in Ohio, but the FAA sent him beacon returns instead. When he renewed his request, he says the agency sent him records for the following day. Schultze received overlapping skin-paint returns from three FAA stations some 100 miles apart. Schultze described the targets as “uncooperative,” meaning they had no transponders, and their signatures were different from “the four or five planes we had over that part of Pennsylvania during that time of night.”
According to the radar station code-named QCF, with which Schultze used to piece together the reconstruction, the targets were tracked from 2 a.m. to 4:30 a.m. at variable speeds ranging from 7 to 20 mph, and up to 40 mph at the top end. The objects flew at between 4,000 and 5,000 feet, which didn’t pose a traffic hazard for the known planes whose cruising altitudes were roughly 20,000 feet.
Dr. Greg Butcher, director of bird conservation for the Audubon National Science Office in Washington, D.C., reviewed Schultze’s package and cleared an entire species of suspects: birds. “Tons of birds migrate at night,” Butcher says. But “this doesn’t make any sense.”
Migratory birds are heading south, not north, in October. “And what you see with flocks of birds on radar is, they form a big cloud. It looks like a mushroom cloud,” he says. “I don’t know what we’re looking at, but they’re not birds.”
Perhaps curiously, no sighting reports were filed with MUFON or NUFORC in the early hours of 10/24/08. Then again, according to the National Climatic Data Center, the skies around Pittsburgh were overcast on that date at 3 a.m.
lois: Very Happy to see you Ron. Missed you. Glad you are doing better now. Sorry for your lost. I did not know your brother had passed. hugs lois
Jul 10, 2018 0:52:45 GMT -6
paulette: Ron - hope you've hit a quiet spot. Sorry for your loss.
Aug 3, 2018 10:49:30 GMT -6
lois: I picked up my phone a few days ago and I looked at the name of the caller. Boy was I surprise. It has been a couple of years. So good to hear your voice Ron. Hope you make it a habit again. love and hugs .
Aug 15, 2018 23:21:38 GMT -6
leia77: Spotless, I am glad that you are feeling better and welcome back! I too am back from a long time away...
Aug 31, 2018 2:08:32 GMT -6
jcurio: I am much relieved to see that you have been on here, Spotless! I hope that things are going much better for you now
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jcurio: And Lois, And Lorelei!
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casper: And Meeeeeee!!
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lois: Sorry guys I cannot see the print. On is tiny hand computer
Oct 21, 2018 20:42:09 GMT -6
lois: Casper your page stops at page five in 2016
Nov 15, 2018 23:54:01 GMT -6
lois: How did your Halloween night go this year?
Nov 15, 2018 23:54:58 GMT -6
skywalker: He posted on the Halloween thread this year.
Nov 25, 2018 18:33:36 GMT -6
lois: Oh ok Sky I will check it out. Thanks.
Dec 21, 2018 21:45:31 GMT -6
lois: What topic was it under.
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