Reconstruction of Blue Book 'Project 10073 Record Card'
PROJECT 10073 RECORD CARD
[ ] Was Balloon
[ ] Was aircraft
[ ] Was Astronomical
[ ] Other Anam. Propagation
2. DATE-TIME GROUP
4. TYPE OF OBSERVATION
[ ] Yes
Radar observers - Ground observers, AF pilots
Total: Approx. 5 hrs
SUMMARY OF SIGHTING
1. On 14 August, between 2120-2220 ZI
Benwaters radar reported 3 separate UFO tracks suddenly
appearaing and disappearing on their screens, with[in] a
2 hr period.
At first glance, the 2 messages (TT Msgs BOI-485, 16 Aug 56 and IDO-7335, 21 Aug 56) reporting this sighting may give the impression that observations, radar, ground and air, were simultaneous. A review of detailed report IR-1-56, dtd 31 Aug 56, indicates that. although the observations took place within the periods given, they cannot be considered concurrent.
3. An amber-colored object was observed
visually witth 7x50 binoculars near the horizon towards E.
SE. This object, the apparent size of a pinhead, remained
in sight for approximately 1 hour.
This is confirmed by the original report
BOI-485, which states that the radar sightings occurred
at a later time than the ground sightings. Comments, on
the basis of specific aspects of each sighting:
1 hour, and moved SE. South
direction. This coincided with the general location,
elevation and movement of Mars for the one hour period in
question. (NOTE: Mars, bright and red, was making to
closest approach to the Earth in 32 years.)