Go Back Report # 729


5.8 ORV Whiskey - June 25, 1960  

At 23:34 local time in the vicinity of Ascension Island, an Operation Range Vessel (ORV) code named Whiskey was retrieving from the ocean the data cassette from a Missile Test #1802. The data cassette had a strobe light and was spotted by personnel on the ship and from aircraft above. A small boat was launched to recover the floating cassette. As the small boat got within 300 to 500 yards of the cassette, the crew of the small boat observed a steady, bright glow appearing 100 yards from the direction of the cassette and about 25° from their boat. The light was white or yellowish and appeared to radiate in a 360° circle rather than a directional pattern. Its glow was of constant intensity. It lasted for about 10 seconds and was witnessed by the RCA photographer, the test observer, and a diver member of the recovery crew. The pilot and copilot of one of two planes that were circling over the recovery operation also observed the glow. The copilot thought the light was either on the surface or very near the surface because no waves appeared to break over the light. It was established that none of the planes released a flare over the recovery site.

Blue Book Conclusion: Flare                                                                                                    

This reference: Blue Book UFO Reports by Ships at Sea by Tony Rullán, © 2002, p. 41

UFOCAT PRN – 33197 [DOS 06-24-1960]

UFOCAT URN – 33197 (USAF) Blue Book files counted in official statistics       

South Central Atlantic Ocean

Ascension Island - Latitude 7-57 S, Longitude 14-22 W (D-M)

South Atlantic Gazetteer, prepared in the Office of Geography, Department of the Interior, Washington, D.C., January 1957        

UFO Location (UFOCAT) Latitude 7.95 S, Longitude 14.37 W (D.%)   


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