UPDATE September 1, 2014 – Radar Analysis:
Radar Map of Possible UFO Returns & Scramble of F15 Aircraft Can be Viewed Below:
Interpretation of Radar Report:
Radar data was requested from the FAA (Federal Aviation Administration) for Portland International Airport for July 2, 2014 from 12:45 PM to 1:15 PM PDT. Analysis revealed that an aircraft (possible F15 as described by witness) departed Portland-Troutdale Airport at around 1:08 PM PDT. The aircraft proceeded to the NW and then turned to a near N heading. The craft rose to about 10,000 feet and a speed of 350 MPH by 1:15 PM. Two groups of “uncorrelated primary” returns were found to the NE of the witness position at around 1:12 and 1:13 PM respectively. This was a few minutes before the probable F15 aircraft arrived. This is consistent with what the witness saw. The F15 was likely from the Oregon Air National Guard which is stationed at Portland International Airport. It is not known why the aircraft took off from Portland-Troutdale Airport. A search has revealed that the runway at Portland-Troutdale Airport is a little over 1 mile long. This is sufficient length for a F15 to land and take off. The F15 aircraft needs a runway with a minimum of 3,000 feet length. (Source Wikipedia.) A search (Wikipedia) also revealed that military aircraft do use the Portland-Troutdale Airport. It is not known for sure if the primary returns belong to the UFO. The witness stated that the UFO was only visible for about 5 seconds. This is slightly longer than one rotation of the radar antenna (4.8 seconds) so it would be expected that the UFO would probably only show up for one rotation of the radar. The radar returns could be due to other effects such as “radar angels,” but they also could belong to the UFO.
Note: This report was received from James Clarkston (Washington State MUFON Director)
Description: Statement of law enforcement officer received by James E Clarkson on 07/13/2014. He contacted me and related this account on the basis that his identity would be protected. I spent substantial time interviewing him and I am convinced that this is a true High Strangeness Event: Highly credible witness reporting an extraordinary aerial vehicle that demonstrated performance characteristics that are either extremely advanced and most probably classified military technology or it is Non-Human Intelligence of unknown origin.
James Clarkson may be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org
On July 2, 2014, at approximately 1300 hours, I was on-duty and near the intersection of (Location Deleted by JC), Vancouver, Washington. The weather was warm, with excellent visibility, and a partly cloudy sky. I was in my vehicle, facing east, toward (Deleted). My window was rolled down, providing me with an unobstructed view of the southern and eastern sky.
I noticed movement in the sky, approximately forty-five degrees above the horizon, to the southeast. I observed a metallic disc, silver-in-color and circular in shape, moving rapidly across the sky from the south to the northeast. This movement was from my right to my left.
The object was shiny and glinted in the sun as it moved. It appeared to be several thousand feet in elevation, and from my perspective, appeared to be the size of a dime held at arm’s-length. I heard no sound at all from the object, and there was no contrail. Further, it looked uniformly metallic and circular, with no visible wings, tail, windows, lights, landing gear, or other components of conventional airframes, both rotor and fixed-wing. It also did not look similar to any Unmanned Aerial Vehicles I have observed.
I observed the object travel up and to my left, which was north/northeast. I saw it increase in elevation rapidly in a straight line, and it appeared to be travelling faster than any conventional aircraft. After approximately five seconds, I observed the leading edge of the object shimmer and disappear. I observed this continue, as an image of the surrounding blue sky enveloped the object, moving in a vertical line across the surface to the rear edge, until the object blended in with the sky behind it.
As this change occurred, I observed a slight blurriness in the changed areas, inconsistent with the sky behind it. This distortion was similar to looking at an object immersed in water. However, once the entire object had changed, this effect stopped and I immediately lost sight of the object. The time from complete visibility to disappearance was approximately two to three seconds.
At the time of disappearance, the surrounding sky was blue and cloudless. I continued looking but was unable to find the object. Approximately thirty seconds later, I observed a jet fighter aircraft flying rapidly along the same course the disc had taken. I recognized this aircraft, based on prior experience, to be an F-15. I was only able to observe the bottom of the aircraft, and no insignia were visible, but it looked identical to the F-15 fighters based at the Portland Air National Guard base.
I observed the F-15 follow the same flight path, moving from my right to upper left. It continued, flying beyond where I had last seen the object, but in the same direction and elevation. From my perspective, the F-15 was the approximate size of a quarter held at arms-length. Additionally, the F-15 was extremely loud while passing over, whereas the disc was silent. I observed the F-15 continue to the northeast, out of my line of sight.
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