Bradford Runyon Interview, 5 May 2000

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BR:No. All I could see was a real heavy haze right where the thing should have been and I couldn't—but I thought it came from our right rear and so it was approaching us from behind and from the right. Well, so the navigator said, you know, it's stopped right there and you know, just off our tail, off the right side of the airplane, and so I'm looking around trying to find it 'cause all I can see is just a haze right there and I couldn't see anything visually at that time. But, then our radios went out that time and we couldn't talk to the ground or anything, so it just stayed there for a few minutes, few seconds. We're just flying along, same heading. And so then—
INT:Let me ask you one more question. I don't know if you can determine this—it approached and dead stopped or it decelerated?
BR:No, it stopped dead because—
BR:Yes. Yeah.
INT:I mean that must have been curious to the radar operator.
BR:Oh it scared him to death. I mean they were getting ready to eject.
INT:And how did he know it came up at 3,000?
BR:Okay, well they—he just knew it was coming fast, but he has clocks all around his scope and everything is timed and filmed and when they develop the film or check the film the next day then the bomb nav department said that was the speed.
INT:3,000 miles per hour?
BR:Uh-huh. Yeah.
INT:And dead stopped?
BR:Well, it decelerated to the same speed that we were, which was 4, or 5, 600 miles per hour.
INT:But the point is it could have decelerated to your speed without the radar operator having seen it? You follow?

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